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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Knowing the 6 Major styles of Motorcycle modification

Appear masculine, artistic, and eccentric is the hallmark of the motorcycle riders or bikers. They were willing to do a modifications of their favorite motorcycle although it spend the cost is not small. However, the money for the bikers, builders and modifiers are not a problem. Even with minimal funding, the charming and eccentric modified motorcycle can still be built.

Here are the 6 motorcycle modification styles which were favored by the world's bikers,

1. Bobber & Chopper
The two styles of motorcycle modification can not be separated from each other, and the most in demand by bikers of big motorcycle such as Harley-Davidson and others.
1977 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Bobber. (Picture from: http://www.ironhead-bobbers.com/)
Bobber style was born first, the builder and modifier let the original chassis (frame). The bobber modifier just cut and or discard the rear-front fender, modified fuel tank, as well as other plates, in order to be a motorcycle with the lighter weight, also looks simple and quirky.
2009 Voodoo Custom Chopper. (Picture from: http://www.2040motos.com/)
While the chopper was born because of the weight of Harley-Davidson or Indian motorcycles was heavy and make the bikers often experienced a mobility difficulties when traveling far. Finally the bikers usually cut the motorcycle frames, to then modify the fenders and fuel tank. This modification style has a unique characteristic that is using ape hanger or high handlebar, as well as extending the motorcycle front forks.

2. Streetfighter
A streetfighter is a sport bike that is customized by removing the fairing, and making other changes that result in an overall more aggressive look. Beyond simply removing fairings, specific changes that exemplify the streetfighter look are a pair of large, round headlights, tall, upright handlebars such as those on a motocross bike, and short, loud, lightweight mufflers. Streetfighters is also the name of a UK motorcycle magazine.
2009 Ducati Streetfighter. (Picture from: http://krishnabalagita.wordpress.com/)
Later streetfighters used custom-built frames intended to overcome the weakness of the tubular steel frames of the early 4-cylinder superbikes of the 1970s and '80s. Many of these frames turned out to be "beautifully crafted pieces of metallurgical art," perhaps only unintentionally. Many were also originally racing machines.

Made popular by European riders, this type of custom motorcycle gained popularity all over the world, and motorcycle manufacturers began responding in the late 1990s by adopting the terminology and producing factory built streetfighters, beginning with the 1994 Triumph Speed Triple and the 1999 Honda X11, up through the 2009 Ducati Streetfighter.

3. Rat Bike
The Rat Bike actually does not require the precision and accuracy modification. According to its users, Rat Bike is a living museum and travel records which are displayed in eccentric ways. So do not be surprised if the rat biker always attach everything that have a history in their lives on their motorcycles.
BMW Rat Bike. (Picture from: http://100vidasantrax.tumblr.com/)
Do not miss them too often attach objects that are considered to have a souvenir of an area they have visited. Another uniqueness, the rat bike rarely repaired in the workshop and if their motorcycles need repair, the motorcycle owners do it in their own way.

4. Café Racer
Another old school style was café racer which born and developed with rock & roll subculture in Britain in the 1960s and then spread to France, Italy, and many other European countries.
1956 Triton Café Racer. (Picture from: http://www.yellowbiker.com/)
Café racer is a sport type motorcycle that modified in such a way to make it lighter and faster. No wonder if the BSA, Triumph, or Triton motorcycles were a favorite of British modifier. Characteristic that stands out on the café racer style, among other uses as the clamp handlebar or low handlebar so motorcycles can be riden faster.
1969 Norton Commando Café Racer. (Picture from: http://rideapart.com/)

5. Bratstyle & Japstyle
The other modification styles which have resemblance is bratstyle and japstyle. Bratstyle actually the name of a motorcycle workshop which is located in the Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The distinctive feature of this workshop modification of whom adopt a chopper tank, big tires, front and rear fenders are cut or eliminated so that the motorcycle looks fierce.
Yamaha SR-400 Bratstyle. (Picture from: http://www.pipeburn.com/)
While japstyle could be visible from a small and simple tank design, slim seat,  semi-ape hanger handlebars, and the lighting fittings are designed with a unique and small as possible.
Honda CB Japstyle. (Picture from: http://automotive-inet.blogspot.com/)

6. Scrambler
This modification style is similar to bratstyle, but the difference is in the use of tires and exhaust type. Type of tires that used for this modification style normally with the gingham box even trail tires.
JvB-moto Triumph Scrambler. (Picture from: http://www.bikeexif.com/)
While other traits which were lies on the exhaust that is not put under a motorcycle, but on the side. This is in keeping with the spirit of the modification style is a semi off-road and could even be used to traverse the mountainous region.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GALIH PAKUAN | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 13122013]
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