LUCKY STRIKE BOBBER
in . Harley Davidson EVO
2 into 1
Rivera (Dry Clutch)
Shift 6 Speed
|| 32 Amp
GMA 2 Piston
Rear GMA 4 Piston
DNA Specialties 3.5" 40 spoke
Rear DNA Specialties 3.5" 40 spoke
Metzeler (Wide White Wall) 130/90-16
Rear Metzeler (Wide White Wall) 150/80 B16
FL Style or DNA springer option
Bobber comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.
of the Bobber
Soldiers returning home from WWII were dissatisfied with the
motorcycles that were available at the time. The soldiers started
to hang out with their motorcycle friends again to exchange ideas
and soon decided that their motorcycles needed changes.
Who needs a windshield, front fenders, big headlights, crash
bars, and big seats? Chop them off and make the bike lighter.
First, they either removed or shortened (bobbed) the fenders
on their bikes. These bikes began to be called bobbers. Changes
kept occurring but it wasn't until the late 60s and early 70s
that the Bobbers gave way to the Choppers. After release of the
seminal movie Easy Rider in 1969, a whole new movement began.
Riders wanted a bike like the one ridden by Peter Fonda in the
movie. They wanted a Chopper.
Swift introduced their new Bobber this year; early 2006. The
new Bobber is rigid and has a final chain drive. One thing that
I did not know about Swift, was that all of their motorcycles
support a chain for the final drive. Mark Stallings with Swift
told me that they decided to go the chain route to make the motorcycles
a little more compact. Example, on their choppers they have a
300 rear, then with a 2-inch frame a wide final drive belt, the
motorcycle becomes too wide. By introducing a chain, the bike
is much more compact.
Bobber Test Ride
thing that I noticed when I mounted the new Bobber was how
compact it was. The bike is a surprisingly
It weighs in at around 520 pounds wet. With a nice low seat of
24” you feel like you are sitting on a bike you can wear.
Controls were similar to Harley. They did provide a very readable
digital speedometer right in the center and on top of the handlebars.
This was at all times very readable, even in the Arizona direct
After I fired up the 80-inch EVO, I noticed it was relatively
vibration free and quiet. After a few laps around the parking
lot for Raymond, the photographer, I was headed out the gate
to cruise western Phoenix on the exciting new Bobber. The 30/90-16
front tire was great and gave the ride a solid feel. Of course
riding a rigid always lets you know how the road feels. At first
I did not even notice that I was on a rigid, but after hitting
one fairly big chuckhole, I was brought back to reality. All
and all, this is about as forgiving a rigid that I have been
on. One rigid that I rode, I spent a lot of time looking for
smooth payment and avoiding the rough spots. This was not the
case with the Swift Bobber, after getting on the 101 and riding
for a while I forget I was on a rigid.
was one very annoying hot spot about the bike. The oil tank
filler was touching the bottom of my right
leg. This is
a very nice looking chrome oil filler cap that does not communicate
a friendly touch. Maybe, because I am a little short, 5’ 8”,
my legs were at a more direct angle to the forward controls and
because of that the underside of my right leg rested on top of
the filler cap. But just the same, after the engine heated up,
I found that the filler cap was very hot! After returning to
the barn, I was informed that they have a fix for this. The new
oil tanks will have a center filler and it will be under the
over to the 101, I found an on-ramp where I was able to put
the hammer down for a little bit. I found
bobber to be very spunky in traffic. It responded well with a
lot of good feedback. You could put this Bobber anywhere you
want with ease. The acceleration wasn’t fast, but very
responsive and refreshing. Please note, this is a factory stock,
not broke in 80-inch EVO. By being an EVO, there are no limits
to a gazillion after market upgrades that you can find. By the
way, from what I could tell, this was faster than any of the
stock Harleys, with the exception of the V-rod stock bikes that
I have been on.
While on the 101, the little Bobber rode like a champ; very
smooth. After grabbing 6th gear you feel like you can ride for
hours. Now you have to remember, this is a Bobber. I, as an old
man, found the seat not very supportive and the reach for the
handlebars not in a position that I would want to be in for a
ride to Texas but the ride itself was very good. Yeah I know
this is not a cruiser, but I did want to make sure that you realize
this is not meant for 12 hour rides unless you have a little
more youth than myself.
riding for over an hour in the hot summer sun in Phoenix, I
stopped at a convenience store and downed about 3 pounds of
Coke. Everybody stopped to check out the bike. Several made comments
and wanted to know more. I felt bad when people asked me if that
was my bike. I have to admit, this is one of the best looking
Bobbers that I have seen. Thanks, Swift.
putting some time in the saddle with traffic and 101 riding,
it was time to get back to the barn. Besides,
I don’t like
riding in 100+ degree temps. The shame about the whole ride was
I told Mark that there was a place in Prescott that I wanted
to ride the Bobber. He said that would not be a problem. I should
have gone for the hills.
great looking Bobber it is. Solid riding rigid that is fun
and spunky. Having an EVO engine there is no limits
to what you
can find for aftermarket engine upgrades is a big plus for this
Bobber. When you are looking at the new Bobbers, check out the
new optional springer front-ends that are available. I don’t
like to nit pick, but the hot spot from the oil tank has to be
fixed. The modification that’s in the works will be welcomed.
I found the forward controls to not be the best. I was informed
that they have new billet controls ready to be bolted to the
new Bobbers when they come off the line. This, I am sure will
be a very popular motorcycle to the Swift line.