The Nightster was what I was eyeballing....and the Street Twin, then the Bobber news came out, watched that, and once they release prices, ordered it the next week or so.....I had owned a Harley Nightster and I must admit I did really like that bike, in some ways it reminds me of the new bobber. It handled very well and very inexpensive to run. The great part of owning a Harley among other things is that I resold it for the same price that I had bought it for used.
Several months ago I agreed with a buyer of a used sporster 48, i absolutely love the way it looks, stance and all. The peanut tank may be impractical but it sure looks great in my opinion. Then I don’t know what happened, maybe because I own a Thruxton and love the bike, I decided to look at the bobber and read on it’s handling, I was sold.
My wife rode a 2015 48. We sold it and after a few months without a bike we bought her a Street Twin. She loved it but missed the upright cruiser feeling.
We went back to back and road 4 new bikes: 1) HD 48 2) HD Iron Special 3) Bobber Black and 4) Bobber. She ended up going with the bobber, mini apes, x cat delete, V&H slip ons etc. Her reasoning: the bobber wasn’t nearly as top heavy, felt lighter (even though its only about 20 lbs different), was significantly faster, has more options (traction control, gas gauge, stock ABS, heated grips etc) and handled way better (turn in, cornering, low speed etc). Even though she had loved her HD 48; she was giggling and yelling over our Sena’s riding the bobber.
Why bobber vs bobber black? She’s only 105 pounds. To her (and I reluctantly agreed) the suspension is much softer and the front end is lighter on the bobber. The bobber black is definitely stiffer and the front end is heavier. Neither would have mattered to me and I would have gone for the better brakes, wider forks and cruise control. But at 105lbs it mattered to her and I want her 100% conformtable=safe. A win-win either way as I get to ride her Bobber when I’m not riding the Rnine T