81′ XS 650SE, Bobber

In short bought as a part exchange to shift a bike no longer desired with the aim of converting it to a “Bobber” though retaining the Ethos of both the original Yamaha concept  and a Bobber, hence softail. This has taken 8 months to complete though bought as a runner with very low mileage. This is now known as the “Alley cat” and thanks to my Brother, as without his fabricating skills it would have taken a lot longer, all part of my 50th Birthday celebrations.

Regards Steph (stephen) of High Wycombe, Bucks, England


  1. Lance Boyle says:

    FINALLY somebody has done a swing arm bike bobber with the goods. Not to knock other worthy efforts, of course. Looks like you got some Sportster-like vibe going.

  2. Grumpy says:

    It’s NOT a true OLD SCHOOL BOBBER with a swing arm!!! Looks good but doesn’t look like a Bobber in my opinion of course……

  3. mookie says:

    looks clean and well executed.if your happy; then i’m happy-

  4. Barney says:

    Decent brat.

  5. DENNI$ says:

    huh? I thought bobbers had swing arms, for sure….? otherwise, they’d be hardtails.

  6. Underground33 says:

    This is not a bobber at all, no where near it! Bloody u%[y!

  7. Grumpy says:

    got too agree with you Underground33, not a true bobber! Nice bike but not a true OLD SCHOOL BOBBER……………..

  8. Sal Monella says:

    I don’t think they are allowed to weld/modify the frame in the UK. Germany, too. Some governments are big into making people feel stupid.