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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I'm seriously looking at a new bobber but am a bit concerned that it may not handle my weight at 115kg. Any ideas apart from loosing weight, will the bike handle ok? I am test riding next week but wanted other Heavy chaps opinions. Cheers, Jamie NZ

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I’m 90kg plus kit and it rides fine
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 03:42 AM
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I am 95kg + gear and it handles great WITH an aftermarket rear shock, so I would definitely recommend swapping out the shock for a Wilbers or Ohlins unit specifically sprung for your weight class.

This is a good question for @Big Bear & @Mike J Commo .
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Way out of my weight class but, you also might want to consider a Corbin seat for extra comfort. Good luck on the test ride.
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I must be 105 - 115 last time I stepped on a scale. Bobber handles my weight fine with Fox shock. A better seat is another option with an aftermarket shock. NZ is great riding country!! I’ve been from Auckland to Wellington and Christchurch but unfortunately not on a bike! Enjoy the Bobber, it’s absolutely perfect for NZ.
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Hi all, I'm seriously looking at a new bobber but am a bit concerned that it may not handle my weight at 115kg. Any ideas apart from loosing weight, will the bike handle ok? I am test riding next week but wanted other Heavy chaps opinions. Cheers, Jamie NZ
At 300lbs , I had to do a few things to make it more to my liking. I'm also 6'4" , so the weight is spread out a little more evenly , but it required some wanted mods. I got a good seat. Corbin , in my case. I also added the fox shock , but found , at my weight , it wasn't happy. Then I ordered a Wilbers shock set up for me , and the bike was immediately 10 times better. I also added high bars and forward controls , and that set the bike up about perfect. Bike handled great , brakes were fine. Easy bike to modify and enjoy.

So far behind , I think I'm in first place.
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Tried to add a pic after the fact. Iím intel illiterate.
Hereís mine after the major mods were done.

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So far behind , I think I'm in first place.

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I'm 5'9", and have 10 more pounds on you. All stock suspension and I have no zero problems. Either I do a good job at dodging pot holes, or have great rodes around me, but I haven't bottomed out an am generally pretty comfortable with the stock seat as well. All the reviews and info on the shocks are great on this forum, so even if you end up wanting some changes, all the info you need is here!
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One word (rare for me.. )

WILBERS....

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I was 115 kilograms last year when I got my Bobber. The ride was decent, but like Big Bear said, a Corbin seat and a Wilbers shock made all the difference in the world with regard to the comfort of the ride. One other biggie is the Triumph high bars. They really help take the pressure off of the lower back.
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