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Harley Sportster bobber

1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster bobber
This bike grabbed my attention for two reasons. It’s a textbook modern Harley bobber, and it’s a textbook example of how to photograph a bike outdoors. Richard Dunn bought this Sportster as a basket case, “from a military kid who couldn’t ride it on the base.” It’s a 1975 model with a weld-on hardtail, and it looks just terrific. Dunn has kept the original 7-spoke Harley cast wheels—made by Morris—and fitted them with Avon rubber. But he’s rebuilt the forks and lowered them 3”, stripped all the excess trim from the bike, and mounted a custom oil tank and later model Sportster fuel tank. So it’s a true bobber in ethos, as well as looks. Adding to the aesthetics are a set of Biltwell Keystone bars with H-D risers and a top clamp, plus a kicker support from Bike EXIF favorite LC Fabrications. The rear fender is a custom-made item from Front Street Cycle, installed with a strut brace and mounts that Dunn made himself. He also fabricated the battery box, and rewired the whole bike—squeezing bare-bones electrics into an electrical box modified to fit the small space. (Electrical power comes from a Cycle Electric end-mounted regulator.) The seat is simply a Baas Metal Craft seat pan “wrapped with foam and some saddle cowhide with a tight stitch around the perimeter”. A remote oil cooler and LED tail light wrap things up. Top marks to Dunn for a beautifully balanced bike, and equally high marks to photographer Robert Shober for capturing it so well on a Nikon D90. If only all motorcycle photography was this good.

1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster bobber
1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster bobber

  • richard

    Waa Hoo!!!! that is my boy!!!! way to go…..proud Dad!!!!!

  • Nice pics, particularly since there are larger versions available. I love using gorgeous bikes as wallpaper or a screensaver on my machine.

  • chad

    I’m glad Richard wasn’t in any of the photos. Would have ruined the bike. Good pics

  • denis

    Wher can I find larger images of this gorgeous bobber?


  • Click the photographer’s link at the end of the article — it’ll take you to his Flickr page, where full-size images are to be found.

  • Denis

    Thanks, I found them on Flickr!!


  • D.

    Those are excellent photos, but the bike is totally generic.

  • Ben

    Way to go Richard and Robert

  • wbkr

    EXIF data?

  • David Enfield

    That’s ripped to the bone , good gritty . So where do I get the ” Proud to be……” sticker ????????????

  • That’s a bobber?

  • Sam

    What’s on the right handle bar? Looks like an oldschool bike bell?

  • Sam

    Oh stupid, I found it – it’s the throttle and mastercylinder mount. Such a cool sickle

  • Backhome77

    The bike looks damn good and the photography is excellent, but I have to agree with D. Kind of generic isn’t it? I bet I can ride around town right now and spot half a dozen bobs like this. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a badass bike and the owner should be proud, but I’m just used to more unique machines on BikeEXIF.

  • bob

    The fork looks like it come from a cheap walmart mountain bike……

  • Thanks for all of your kind comments. wbkr: I shot using a Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 and 35mm f1.8 lenses @ ISO 200 in Aperture Priority mode. Hope that answers your question.

  • Richard

    Forks came from Wal-Mart. Good eye! Thanks for the comments.

    “I think there’s something great and generic about goldfish. They’re everybody’s first pet.” Paul Rudd

  • D.

    I am totally referring to Harley Sportster customs as goldfish from now on.

  • Lazarayl

    this is a unique motorbike….i like it the way it look….

  • Adam Taylor

    Are the wheels really original harley ones? It looks like he has two front wheels on it. The stock rear wheel looks to be bigger than the one in this photo!

    Anyone know?

  • R. Shober

    Spoke with Rich today and he said they are the original wheels. He just used a taller tire on the rear.