Harley-Davidson Now Selling The Bobber Look For Your Sportster

harleykit1harleykit2New from Harley, the Bobber Look ready to bolt-on with no fabrication on your Genuine Sportster. The kit includes a chopped rear fender and distressed brown (I told you before about this new trend) leather solo spring saddle. My first question is, why only a brown seat? I thought that Bobbers and Bobber seats could be any color!The rear fender is provided primed for a MSRP of $419.95 or painted vivid black for MSRP $499.95.

It will bolt-on 2004-06,2007-09 and 2010 Sportster models (different systems) and can be installed with simple tools and requires no frame modification. This chopped fender replaces the traditional tail lamp with stop-turn-tail lights for a clean, stripped-down appearance. Installation requires the separate purchase of a Side Mount License Plate Assembly MSRP $170.00. A Chopped Rear Fender Kit is also available for Sportster models. The Brown Leather Solo Spring Saddle is covered in two-tone distressed leather and supported by torsion springs that provide optimal balance between suspension and support. A smooth-metal steel seat pan and simple frame cover leave a clean, finished appearance. The seat can be removed and replaced with a touring seat for two-up riding. The seat fits 2004-06 and 2010 Sportster models with the separate purchase of a Spring Seat Installation Kit (P/N 50474-10, $229.95). This seat can also be installed on 2006-Later Dyna models. At your Harley-Davidson Dealer.

15 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Now Selling The Bobber Look For Your Sportster”

  1. 1 choppertom Aug 11th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    oh my god, does it come with a sticker to put on your suv? or better yet your new prius that you purchaced from the cash for clunckers project? how about just putting that sticker on your bobber…it gets 40mpg right?

  2. 2 Pitbull Aug 11th, 2009 at 5:35 pm


  3. 3 FUJI Aug 11th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    JC Whitney is gone !

  4. 4 Dave Blevins Aug 11th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    You know, HD has had 50 years to make the Sportster look good and with the exception of the Peanut tank, (which was actually the Sprint’s tank), fails nearly every styling point. Years of ugly oil tanks, funky looking frames, clumsy exhaust systems, weird alloy rims, etc. This fender mess is a real indication they still have no idea what to do.
    I’ve always liked the engine/trans combo and have watched Eric Buell work out some cool features over the years, although not so much in the latest models. Sportsters sound great, are easy to punch out and get good power, just ugly as hell though.
    It would be just as easy to make a great looking & handling Sportster as it is to make a Honda Shadow, a Yamaha Star or any other brand at the same price range. Will someone please fire everyone at HD that had anything to do with this latest disaster!

  5. 5 Dave Aug 12th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve read a couple of postings on Cyril’s blog regarding Harley-Davidson.

    Harley has acknowledged in their 10-K they are concerned about the aging demographic of their Customer base; more recently, their new leader acknowledged a mistake in the company assuming Customers would respond to the recession by moving to lower-priced Harley-Davidson models – and actually increased Sportster production based on this belief! Now, they are swimming in inventory, with a lot of it Sportster inventory – and are looking to move that inventory any way they can. Incentives, etc., and now, accessorizing and trim levels. Add to that the plant closures and consolidations, and the acknowledgement the York plant is not, and may never be, competitive.
    A couple of conclusions are immediately evident:
    1. H-D has not developed a coherent strategy to address the aging demographic challenge.
    2. H-D’s lack of corporate sophistication is stunning
    A. Completely unaware of basic economic principles – the elasticity of demand for their product
    B. Forecasting based on intuition and not data; e.g., 2nd mortgages – mortgage equity withdrawals falling from a little over 9% of discretionary income in mid 2007 down to .3% of discretionary income by mid-2008; the increase in the personal savings rate; the collapse of retail finance; over 9% unemployment…
    C. Failure to learn from recent and recurring examples all around them – GM is germane; trim levels do not drive demand, and the “new uses for Spam” approach to product development – Cadillac Cimmaron is clear example. Most notably, the affect on sales of boats, trailers, RV’s, and automobiles. If people stop buying new cars, and fix their clunker, during a recession…why would H-D think a motorcycle is different?
    D. http://dalefranks.com/cycles/?tag=cagiva – Take a look at the picture of the 1965 FLH1200, and the 2009 Road King; what is really new in styling? Take a look at all their bikes.
    3. Governance – Plant closures and consolidations, and an admission that the York plant is not competitive or sustainable? This equates to a situation where Leadership has added structural cost without driving operational efficiencies that would avoid it. The implications are significant – I believe the problems far more profound at H-D, and that the safety net for the company relies on stabilization of demand to buy it time to address fundamental deficiencies in its business model, business operations, and all ranks of management, to and including its board of directors.
    The company has been asleep at the wheel.

  6. 6 Mike Aug 12th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    The Dale Franks blog hit tha nail directly on the head. Very good read!

  7. 7 FUJI Aug 12th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Aug 11th, 2009 at 6:30 pm
    JC Whitney is gone

    To clarify my above post…..my intent with the message above was/is that Harley appears to me [in my eyes] to be selling their product in a JC Whitney fashion. I meant no disrespect to JC Whitney.

  8. 8 Joe Aug 13th, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I was waiting for the 2010 line up but is filled with nothing but crap. I just went out and bought the last 09 FXDL in the area. Neither I or the dealer can not believe they dropped this for the new model year with the same flawed reasoning about lower price bikes with the Super Glyde.. The dealer was very upset with Harley’s production phases for them and the allotment of bikes and said there is no way they can sell the number of Sportsters the factory is pushing.

    Harley is definitely losing touch with their customer base with these designs and styling. They are going to further push people away from a new purchase as opposed to real customizing instead of the mickey mouse bikes off the assembly line

  9. 9 dannyb278 Sep 14th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Who would want a new sportster when you thousands are available slightly used for thousands less? Dumb Willie G.

  10. 10 dannyb278 Sep 14th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    not to mention the fact that the only place a sprung seat belongs on already sprung bike is a vintage flat tracker or Royal Enfield. Otherwise, it screams “i am a poser”

  11. 11 pete Oct 10th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    you dont buy “bobber parts” its just — there arent words for it!

  12. 12 Lil' Tramp Mar 21st, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    What a bunch of yuppie snobs. Talk about posers. dannyb278, you wouldn’t know a poser from a real brother if he punched you in the face and made you cry like the RUB you probably are.
    As far as the Harley Davidson company goes, it’s a business. It’s not what you ride Gents, it’s THAT you ride.
    Dave, if you got the Big Idea’s for Harley, then put on your Sears sucker suit, stuff your ideas for Ol’ Willie G. in your Office Max Destressed leather executive Idea case, and head off to Milwaukie on your…What…”Big Twin Bagger” I’m guessing? And see if you can pull them out of their pending doom with your epiphany.
    Pete, If it weren’t for the “after market”, you’d still be riding on bikes that look like a Honda 90’s. I doubt you have the real skills to “Fab” from scratch any customized one off parts. The American noodle is alwawys at work on how to “market” an idea that someone had. The same was and still is for the “Chopped Bike” idea. It’s the one idea that will likely never change, not as long as there are motorcycles on or off the road. If Harley puts out a “Customizing” componet of some sort, What’s it to you? If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. To each their own Gents, to each there own. By the way, Sportster was the beginning of the “Chopper/Bobber”, and 1200’s were a big bike back then. Guy’s who “Bobbed” or “Chopped” their bike’s started the “After Market” and with Sportsters. Funny, it didn’t seem to matter back them if your road a Harley Sportster, or even a Brit or Jap Bike, it’s that you road a Motorcycle.

  13. 13 Bruce Apr 10th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Everyone road Sporsters. Choppers were made from them. If you road to rally on hog you’d end up riding bitch on Sporty… because the hog wouldn’t start, or break down. Sporty is the bike. It always was. So sorry they never thought about suspension. The bike sucks for that.

  14. 14 J.D. Sep 6th, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Road = the thing we drive on.
    Rode = The past tense of ride.
    Carry on.

  15. 15 Jbuzz Sep 12th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Wow you guys suck. Its just an idea you dont have to freak out and get all upset about it. I though just having a bike was cool apparently i was wrong its gotta look cool and all manly grrrrrr. Whatever.

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