1976 HD Ironhead Sportster Bobber
Jason from Portland, Oregon, United States sent us these pictures of his 1976 Harley Ironhead Sportster which through the removal of parts that do not contribute to speed has very effectively been converted to a very straight Bobber.
Jason: "1976 Harley Ironhead XLH 1000cc, electric start only, Biltwell Frisco bars, Biltwell seat, bobbed rear fender, no front fender, no speedo, no turn signals, no mirrors even!!! Pretty much just bare bones. Runs perfectly well, as perfect as a Harley can!"
This 1976 Harley Ironhead Sportster Bobber comes very close to being a True Bobber. Those cool Biltwell Frisco bars are probably the only concession made to speed and performance.
Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?
To us, any Bobber is either a Straight Bobber or a Custom Bobber.
For more information, check out the Bobber Republic Info Pages!
1976 Harley Davidson Ironhead Engine
In 1976, Harley Sportster engines were in a transitional phase. The shift pedal had already been moved to the left foot, but at this point in time the tranny had not yet been modified. Probably due to legislation deadlines, Harley Davidson applied a temporary solution by simply running a secondary shaft underneath the frame, which was connected to the long shifting lever as shown in the picture.
Right foot brake.
The Man Himself!
Clymer Service and Repair Manuals
Even if you have no intent to get your hands dirty - these books are a joy for every Harley Davidson fan!