Welcome to the Bobber Blog

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In the Beginning
The new front end look
Oooo... Ahhhh
Carberation Conglomeration
Coils and Valve Cover
Retro Hardtail
Odds and Ends
Back at it in March

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Feel free to add this page to your favorites and tell others. With all hope, someone actually learns something from this site. This site originally started out as a basics type blog, covering every aspect of taking a non-running Yamaha XS1100 and converting it to a lean mean bobbing machine (hardtail). Well, due to my own procrastination and failure to take all the required pictures for one to understand everything from a basics standpoint, I've decided to make the site more about my progress rather than a tutorial and if anyone has any questions, feel free to e-mail me from there at: dw_rockstar@yahoo.com

In this site you will find:

You're going to see pictures of my progress, some small modifications along the way both hillbilly and custom, and anything else cool I find. I'm going to try and post EVERY link I have used to learn or shop from.


About me:


I am a 23 yr. old gearhead from north eastern Indiana. I've been turning my own wrenches for about 10 years. A few of those including the previous 7-10 years were spent being a gofer for my dad and learning everything possible from him. Never worked on a motorcycle before this one, but have plenty of personal auto experience mostly consisting of V8s and In-line fours in cars. I'm not much of an electrical or a carberator man, but I believe I excel in most other categories. I am currently unemployed, but would call myself both a welder and carpenter. The job I'm currently laid off from I injection molded radiator fans for GM and Ford. The job I had prior to that I welded(MIG) exhaust pipe for Ford, Honda, Chrysler, and Toyota. I am also proficient with arc and Oxy/Acetl welding as well due to learning on them in high school. To the right you'll see my workbench. It's a table on our porch since we don't have a garage. I'll be using plenty of the green stuff on the right as well as the left, the device in the top left quiet a bit, and hopefully those carbs end up looking pretty good in the end too.




  1. Know your limits
  2. Wear PPE
  3. Read the warning labels
  4. Be aware of surroundings
  5. Be leary of fumes


Please get in touch and let me know what you think of this site. Also feel free to contribute to this site with your own tips.

Do not attempt anything outside of your own capabilities without a professional nearby