Taber Nash on Bobbers and Choppers
A Talk with the Experts...
BobberRepublic.com has invited a number of motorcycle experts and Bobber artists to give their opinions and personal views on Bobbers, Choppers and other custom bikes. Not with the intent to find alignment (nothing lost if we do or if we don't) but rather to deepen the subject.
On this page we got Mr. Taber Nash, owner of Nash Motorcycle Company from Vancouver, Washington, United States.
Taber, together with his brothers Teddy and Trent, started Nash Motorcycle Company in March 2003. As the shop has grown Trent has gone on to do his own things in life, but Taber and Teddy together with friends Marlin, Josh and Austin continue to run NMC and build quality bikes and parts.
The Nash Brothers build very original Bobbers, Choppers and Hot Rod Bikes, mixing the old with the new. Examples of their work are the "Looky Looky" Bobber and the #9 Bobber that can be viewed on the Ironhead Bobbers website.
Photos by Josh Kurpius
Taber on Bobbers
What makes a Bobber a Bobber?
Taber: "A bike that is simple, clean, good lines, short rear fender, and has as little as possible to make the bike function."
Taber: "I don't really use that expression, but I would say an original bobber is the bikes that came to be after world war 2, they had a rolled forward stock rear fender, and a simple clean look."
Taber: "I dont really use this expression either but a true bobber would be a bike with stock rake, higher handlebars, no front fender, with more an early model HD stance."
Taber: "An oldschool would go back to the world war 2 or post world war 2 look that our dads and grandfathers were building."
What does your favourite Bobber look like?
Taber: "I like 1930's 1940"s flathead or knuckle with a lot of miles on it."
Taber on Choppers
What makes a Chopper a Chopper?
Taber: "Taller frame, stretched out front end, more of a triangle look."
"Short Chops "?
Taber: "Shorter frame but still raked out with a long front end and low to the ground."
Taber: "The original choppers would go back to the 1950's and 60's roots where guys would pull everything possible off the bike that didn't need to be there, even the kickstand sometimes."
Taber: "It would still refer to the 1950's and 60's look."
What does your favourite Chopper look like?
Taber: "Low handlebars, 2" over in the backbone, 4" in the downtube, 30 degree rake, small chopped up Sporty tank, stock width tires and wheels, with a French Kiss Kustoms paint job."
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Photo by Josh Kurpius
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