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10 Best Bobber Motorcycles In the United States

10 Best Bobber Motorcycles In the United States

1. Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Photo Credit: @triumphmotorcycles

Few people anticipated how popular the Triumph Bonneville series would become or how many variations would be built when it was relaunched in 2000. Scramblers, roadsters, and cafe racers all set the bar high and have been imitated by practically every manufacturer.

Though the Harley Street Bob was the first off-the-shelf Bobber, it was the Triumph Bonneville Bobber released 10 years later that brought back the pre-war style.

When it was first introduced in 2017, Triumph Bonneville saw its fastest-ever motorcycle sales.

The Triumph Bonneville Bobber’s 1200 cc Parallel Twin engine can produce a horsepower of 76 hp and a torque of 78.2 ft-lbs. The Triumph Bonneville Bobber saw the quickest sales amongst Triumph models.

You can adjust the floating single seat forward if you prefer an aggressive riding posture, backward for a more relaxed cruiser riding position, or an average riding position in the center.

There are plenty of aftermarket parts available to customize your Triumph Bonneville Bobber on the market.

Model Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Engine 1,200 cc Parallel Twin
Horsepower 76.9 hp
Torque 78.2 ft-lbs
Weight 251 kg (553 lbs)
Price $13,495 USD
Seat Height 27.2-27.6 inches
Features Muscular Appearance & Minimalist Style
Ride-By-Wire Throttle with Two Riding Modes

2. Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black

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Triumph released the Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black a year after the Triumph Bonneville Bobber. As the name implies, the majority of the Triumph model’s components are blacked out. The Triumph Bobber Black's more robust forks and larger front wheel gave it an even more aggressive Bobber-style look.

After several owners voiced concern about the first setup, twin discs were also fitted to the front.

The Triumph Bobber Black has a 16-inch front wheel, beefier front forks, dual front discs with Brembo calipers, and standard cruise control. The frame, engine, and bodywork all have a blacked-out finish.

The Triumph Bobber Black’s 1200 cc Parallel-Twin engine shares the same mechanical components as the Triumph Bobber’s engine. The former’s braking and handling were significantly improved, made even better than the basic Bonneville Bobber.

Model Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black
Engine 1,200 cc Parallel Twin
Horsepower 77.8 bhp
Torque 78.2 ft-lbs
Weight 251 kg (555 lbs)
Price $13,495
Seat Height 27.2-27.6 inches
Features Muscular Appearance & Minimalist Style
Ride-by-Wire Throttle with Two Riding Modes
All Components Are Blacked-Out

3. Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

Photo Credit: @d2powersports-greer

In honor of the Indian Scout’s 100th anniversary since its debut in 1920, the name “Twenty” was chosen.

The Indian Scout Bobber Twenty is the most powerful of Indian bobber models. It features the same V-twin engine capable of horsepower of 100 hp and chassis design like most Bobbers. However, it also includes a lower suspension, wire-spoke wheels, and a floating seat. The Scout Bobber Twenty’s most unique feature is its new small ape bars. The Indian Scout Bobber Twenty has an expensive base price with multiple finishes and graphic options available.

Model Indian Scout Bobber Twenty
Engine 1,133 cc V-twin
Power 100 hp
Torque 72 lb-ft
Weight 257 kg (567 lbs)
Price $13,249 USD
Seat Height 25.6 inches
Features Low Seat Height for Easy Control
Wire Spoke Wheels
Ape Hanger Handlebars

4. Harley Davidson Street Bob

Harley Davidson Street Bob

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The Harley Davidson Street Bob is ideal for high-speed travel. This classic Harley model has a heavy build that provides a low center of gravity and ensures better handling on the road.

Ironically, all modern Bobbers are built on middleweight donor motorcycles that rarely require weight reduction. The first Bobbers were heavy pre-war American v-twin motorcycles from Harley or Indian that had been lightened up to increase handling and performance.

If the size is your primary consideration, Harley Davidson's Street Bob is the finest of the current generation of Bobbers.

The Harley Street Bob is the only big-bore Bobber available and the first of the latest generation of Bobbers introduced in 2006.

Even better, it was simple and ideal for a Bobber: simply a large engine, wheels, and a frame. The stripped-down bike's 114 cubic-inch Milwaukee-8 engine provides the 2022 Street Bob snappy acceleration.

Model Harley Davidson Street Bob
Engine V-Twin
Power N/A
Torque 116 lbs
Weight 299 kg (659 lbs)
Price $15,799
Seat Height 25.8 inches
Features High-Performance Rear Monoshock
114 V-Twin Engine
Softail Frame

5. Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight

Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight

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The Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight has an air-cooled V-twin engine which isn't available in certain regions in the United States due to no longer complying with emissions standards. If you're looking for a brand-new Forty-Eight, you better do it quickly since they won't remain in production for much longer.

Produced since 2010, the Harley Sportster Forty-Eight will be in large supply on the used market.

The Harley Sportster Forty-Eight is the closest thing to an "authentic" American Bobber with its thick tires, single-seat, straight bars, and smaller overall size. It is endlessly configurable either from the Harley catalog or from after-market suppliers.

Model Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight
Engine 1200 cc V-twin
Power 60 hp
Torque 73 ft-lbs @ 3500 RPM
Weight 252 kg (556 lbs)
Price $12,299 USD
Seat Height 26.2 inches
Features Foundation Brake System
Fat MT 90 Front Tire
Solo Seat

6. Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Photo Credit: @baakmotocyclettes

This Moto Guzzi recreation of a Bobber is the least believable. Guzzi has a long history of producing motorcycles exclusively for the American market; the California model is extremely well-liked, especially among law enforcement agencies, most notably the California Traffic Police. The V9 Bobber is one of the more recent motorcycles available in the American market.

The Moto Guzzi Bobber V9 is powered by an 853 cc V-twin engine. Although the Moto Guzzi Bobber V9 only produces a horsepower of 64 hp and a torque of 53 ft-lbs, and weighs only 463 lbs, this vehicle offers reliable safety features, including traction control and an ABS.

Model Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber
Engine 853 cc Air-Cooled Transversal 90° V-Twin
Power 64 hp
Torque 53 ft-lbs
Weight 210 kg (462.9 lbs)
Price $10,490 USD
Seat Height 30.9 inches
Features Traction Control
Standard ABS

7. Honda CMX 1100 Rebel

Honda CMX 1100 Rebel

Photo Credit: @motorcyclenews

The Honda Rebel series was introduced during the mid-1980s. The newest Honda Rebel, the Honda CMX 1100 Rebel debuted in 2016.

The Honda CMX 1100 Rebel is powered by a 1084 cc Parallel-Twin engine capable of horsepower of 86 hp at 7,000 rpm and a torque of 72 ft-lbs of torque at 4,750 rpm.

The Honda CMX 1100 Rebel has a blend of traditional and modern features, including cruise control, LED headlights, and a DCT transmission system.

Model Honda CMX 1100 Rebel
Engine 1084 cc Unicam Parallel Twin Engine
Power 86 hp
Torque 72 ft-lbs
Weight 221 kg (487 lbs)
Price $9,399 USD
Seat Height 27.5 inches
Features ABS & Cruise Control
Assist Clutch
USB Charging Port
Selectable Riding Modes
Blacked-Out Style

8. Indian Scout Bobber Sixty

Indian Scout Bobber Sixty

Photo Credit: @gearpatrol

When Indian made a comeback in 2011, the focus was entirely on the retro vibe, with Victory, another Polaris brand, taking care of the current appearance and feel.

The 2014 Indian Scout kept this classic style as it entered the market for smaller motorcycles. The Scout Sixty, which was originally 1133cc, debuted in 2016 before the Scout Bobber 1300 cc and Scout Bobber Sixty did so in 2017 and 2021, respectively.

The Scout Bobber Sixty's 999cc V-twin engine provides a smooth power output, producing a horsepower of 78 hp. While this vehicle has a carefully built chassis, this ride has rough handling due to the shorter suspensions and limited wheel travel.

Although the Indian Scout Bobber Sixty has extra large stock mufflers, it has well-designed fat tires, a small single seat, and a retro-style engine.

Model Indian Scout Bobber Sixty
Engine 1000 cc V-Twin
Power 78 hp
Torque 65 ft-lbs
Weight 246 kg (543 lbs)
Price $11,749 USD
Seat Height 25.6 inches
Features Blacked-Out 1000 cc V-twin engine
Low Seat Height for Easy Handling

9. Yamaha XV950

Yamaha XV950

Photo Credit: @darkkustom

Another motorcycle that fits in the list of best bobber motorcycles is Yamaha XV950. The single-seat, compact chassis, short fenders, and air-cooled engine all these features make it an appealing bobber.

The Japanese motorcycle has great handling, improved suspension, and a Western-inspired look.

The Yamaha XV950 was designed with a sportier look than previous XV models And a similarly designed air-cooled engine to the 2009 Yamaha XVS950A.

Model Yamaha XV950
Engine 942 cc Air-Cooled SOHC V-Twin; 8 Valve
Power 65 hp
Torque 59.3 ft-lbs
Weight 248 kg (547 lbs)
Price $8,599 USD
Seat Height 27.2 inches
Features Yamaha Sport Fuel Injection Technology
Belt Final Drive

10. Kawasaki Vulcan S

Kawasaki Vulcan S

Photo Credit: @ultimatemotorcycling

The mid-range Kawasaki Vulcan S has a minimalist design and an almost entirely blacked-out look. The Kawasaki Vulcan S is considered one of the greatest bobber motorcycles ever made.

The Kawasaki Vulcan S’s design is based on the ER6n’s parallel-twin chassis but features a detuned engine and a low-slung twin shock frame. This Bobber model is easy to handle and is a reliable mode of transportation.

Model Kawasaki Vulcan S
Engine 1352 cc, Liquid-Cooled, 4 -Stroke, DOHC, 16 Valve Four-Cylinder
Power 61 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 46.5 ft-lbs @ 6,600 RPM
Weight 226 kg (498 lbs)
Price $7,449 USD
Seat Height 27.8 inches
Features Dual Throttle Valves
Ninja Derived Power & Performance
Ergo-Fit Technology

11. Takeaway

Bobber motorcycles are two-wheelers customized by removing unnecessary parts to reduce overall weight. Bobber motorcycles are lightweight vehicles that are easier to control than standard motorcycles. If you wish to customize your motorcycle, you can add new Saddlebags, seats, crash bars, fairings, handlebars, luggage racks, and sissy bars.

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