Hi all! Building a custom motorcycle is not as hard as you might think it is and in this post I want not only show you a nicely built custom Ural bobber, but also shed some light on the process of building custom cossack bikes.
The first stage of this custom project was to take a standard Ural 8.103 motorcycle and get rid of unnecessary parts, i.e. 70% of the bike actually. The next step was to take the frame, remove its rear part and replace it with a custom one that would fit the bobber style. Pay attention to the unique feature of this bobber – the use of a leaf spring instead of shock absorbers. That’s the first time I see a leaf spring used on a solo motorcycle. BTW, the leaf spring was taken from a K-750 sidecar.
Once the frame was ready, the next step was to find the right gas tank for the bobber. I’m not sure what bike this tank was from, but it’s compact, elegant and fits the general style ideally. Speaking of the gas tank, if you take a look at the left side of tank, you will see a specific transparent tube. Its purpose is to show the level of fuel left in the tank. I don’t know whether such a fuel checking method is used worldwide, but it’s widely used by customizers in ex-soviet countries. Ok, let’s move on with the bike description. The wheels were repainted and equipped with new tires. The front fork was taken from a K-750 motorcycle. Such forks are pretty popular among customizers because of their rather unusual and compact look that fits a bobber style perfectly. The handlebar and grips were left untouched.
There is not much that can be said about the lights. The headlight was taken from some Izh motorcycle (or from some other cossack motorcycle, I’m not sure); the taillight used to be a turn signal on some cossack motorcycle, you can buy a handful of such turn signals on local part markets for $10. As for the turn signals, these are cheap Chinese plastic stuff that you can buy directly from China for a few dollars including the shipment cost. Personally I’m not a fan of using low quality plastic parts for motorcycles. Their durability is horrible, they look cheap and can spoil the look of even the most impressive bikes. If I were the author, I would use something more suitable for a custom bobber.
I can’t tell you whether something was done to the engine to improve its performance. The only chance I can see is the air filter. It was replaced with a new one from some other bike and I should say I like its look better.
The last step of building this custom bobber was the painting work. To my mind, this “honey-bee” coloring nicely fits the minimalistic style of this bobber.
Now you guys know that building a bobber is not too complicated task and can be done by almost anyone with enough motivation. Of course, more complex custom motorcycles will require way more time, efforts and money to be built, but doesn’t mean that you don’t have a single chance to succeed if ever decide to do this.
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