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September 24, 2021

Modifying a motorcycle into a bobber is a very popular thing for customization enthusiasts.

The bobber is the return to basics of the motorcycle , the transformation of a motorcycle into a pure preparation.

The HONDA Shadow is one of the ideal bikes to achieve a bobber. As we have seen , a custom type motorcycle is the best basis for making a bobber.

The Shadow is an attractively priced base with an indestructible Vtwin engine and a wide possibility of customization.

This article is dedicated to the 600cc model. The most common model and with the most possibility of modification.

We show you everything you need to know about the SHADOW BOBBER 600 .

How to prepare your Shadow in Bobber?

You should know that there are several aesthetic modifications that make a motorcycle a bobber. As we have seen , a bobber has technical characteristics that define it.

We are going together how to transform a custom Shadow into a bobber.

Balloon tires

Vintage -looking balloon tires add a touch of bobber style.

Unfortunately, this will impact the handling of the motorcycle. We do not recommend this type of tire for those who ride their Shadow every day or often in the rain.

Whitewall tires are also tasteful on a Shadow:

You can find them at most tire dealers.

The reservoir

The tank is an essential element of bobber preparation. There is a wide variety of tank types.

Here are some models designed for Shadow 600:

Bobber / Chopper tank HONDA VT SHADOW 600

The basic PEANUT model is the most popular tank for a transformation from a Shadow to a bobber.

Here is the result mounted on the Shadow :

This tank is also available already painted in red or black. To order it, click on the finish of your choice:

Version: Raw / Red / Black

Special SHADOW Tank with Gauge

The SPECIAL tank has a fuel gauge on the right side and a fuel outlet on the right side. It is therefore ideal to combine with a remote carburettor. This makes it possible to reduce the "tank - carburettor" distance and contributes to the look of the motorcycle.

Click >> HERE << to order it.

SHADOW tank with marked sides

In a different style and with a higher capacity, here is a 14-litre model available > here < rather rounded with marked sides. It has more character than the original model.

This allows you to have a different style, because most Shadow bobbers have a peanut.

Tank Bobber / Chopper HONDA VT SHADOW Type 2

Here is a truly original model, few Shadow bobbers have a tank of this type. It is very bobber themed and has the rounded style of the Wassell Peanut tanks.

You can order it on our website: Shadow bobber/chopper tank

Other than these models, there are "Split Tank" "Banana Tank" "P-Nut Tank" "Frisco Tank" type tanks etc...

Handlebars

One of the favorite handlebars for bobber owners is the flat curved handlebar (click photo to add to cart) .

And here it is once mounted on a Shadow:

Z-bar handlebar:

Right handlebar:

See this post on Instagram

A post shared by @shadow_bobber89

Saddle

The solo type saddle is one of the essential elements of a bobber.

To install a solo saddle on a Shadow, it is possible to modify the original frame to install the saddle.

You can also use a saddle support of this type ( available on our site ) :

The solo saddle is to be chosen according to your tastes. There is a wide choice of models available, with horizontal, vertical, checkered or seamless seams, in brown, black, white, red etc...

Here is a model selection:

Solo seat black diamond stitching

Saddle horizontal seams

 

Remmotorcycle saddles are handmade.

Remmotorcycle also offers tailor-made saddles so that you have the one that suits you.

Offset carburettor

Here is a differentiating element that improves the bobber look of your Shadow: the 90° pipe and the carburettor for Shadow .

Please note that this type of product requires adjustment . We recommend installation by a professional.

To go with this carburetor , it old car type filter provides a perfect look:

Spoke rims

Spoke rims are the rims for use on a bobber. Which is already the case on a Shadow.

The rims used are generally 16 inches. On a Shadow, you can keep the rear rim 15 inches and put a smaller rim in the front.

For this, it is possible to adapt a rim from another model, use a new 16 rim and adapt it or the most appropriate solution is to redo the spokes of the original rim.

Remmotorcycle will soon offer a 16 inch rim for the front.

The rigid frame

The next step is the modification of the softail frame by a hardtail . That is to say the modification of the original frame into a rigid frame .

The Shadow specialist in the USA offers a set of 3 pieces to transform your Shadow into a bobber:

The springer fork

The finishing touch to the bobber is the springer fork . Its retro style transforms the bike a lot and creates a unique bobber. This fork is also available on our site (click on the photo).

It is available in a long version or a short version. It is installed with the original rim without modification.

Remmotorcycle Bobber Kit

Remmotorcycle will soon be offering a complete kit to make a really special Shadow 600 bobber.

Sites to find parts for Shadow Bobber

TJ Brutal Customs : This is the American VTX and Shadow 600 specialist. Many unique parts specially designed for Shadow.

Remmotorcycle.com : has unique parts for Shadow as well as a choice of universal parts to make a bobber.

HONDA SHADOW 600 & 400 - Blue Collar Bobbers : This is a shop specializing in bobber parts which offers a wide choice of parts and kits for Shadow 600.

Honda Custom Motos (chop-it.de) : Some interesting parts for Shadow such as the rear fender.

Honda Shadow VLX600 – BobberCycle : The rear fender kit is one of their standout pieces.

Shadow Bobber Tuners

There are several preparers specializing in achievements on Shadow.

Eric(@casacustoms). Facebook picture

Honda shadow bobber (@vlx.bobber) • Instagram photos and videos


DeathWish Bobbers (@deathwishbobbers) • Instagram photos and videos

Davey Jones (@daveee_jones) • Instagram photos and videos


Motorcycles (@lnspltblvd) • Instagram photos and videos


How much does a Shadow Bobber cost?

The price will depend on the basic model used , the modifications made , the parts installed and who does the preparation .

Thus a simple bobber can be made with 3000€ if you acquire a base at 2000€ and you carry out the installation of the parts and the modifications yourself.

A complete model made by a professional preparer can go up to 7000-9000€ (see more, preparations have no limit).

Build your bobber yourself or buy a model already made?

It depends on these desires and these skills, the advantage of making your own bobber is to have a bobber in our image , which we have imagined and which we are proud to make .

The limits of this option are our mechanical skills , the time required and the cost .

Buying a bobber already made can be a good option to save time and energy and can be cheaper than making it yourself.

The hardest part will be finding a bobber that suits your tastes .

Here are some examples of prepared bobbers on sale:

Link: Shadow bobber - Motorcycles (leboncoin.fr)

Beautiful preparation sold at the price of 4950€.

Here is another wiser pattern:

The seller asks for 4500€: 600 shadow - Motorcycles (leboncoin.fr)

Of course, even if you buy a Shadow already transformed, you can complete or modify the preparation.

Where to find inspiration?

In order to find ideas for your shadow bobber, there are special Instagram pages for bobbers on Shadow

The French pages:

600 Shadow Bobber France (@600_shadow_bobber_france_) • Instagram photos and videos

Shadow Owner Group (@old_sog_france) • Instagram photos and videos

International pages:

𝙷𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚊 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚠 (@hondashadow_600) • Instagram photos and videos

HONDA bobbers, thats why!🇯🇵 (@shadowbobber) • Instagram photos and videos

You will also find your happiness on Pinterest .

We invite you to follow preparations in progress on Shadow in order to motivate you, to have tips and ideas during your preparation.

Here's Friedrick's Instagram page in line to whip up a bobber: thorsteinn_custom_

@vlx.bobber an American who has already prepared a first bobber and is in the process of mounting his second:

On YouTube , here is a complete preparation made by Do It With Dan :

Here is also a timelapse from the chopper/bobber specialists at LNSPLTBLVD :

You can also follow bobberpsycho a youtuber who owns a Shadow bobber.

Where to find help to prepare your bobber?

Facebook groups work well and you will find advice and answers to your questions.

600 Shadow Bobber France (Instagram @600_shadow_bobber_france) | Facebook

Honda 600 Shadow bobber chopper custom FRANCE | Facebook

Forums are also a good source of information:

For English speakers:

Honda Shadow Forums

Our selection of the most beautiful Shadow Bobber

Finally, we made a selection of our favorite Shadow bobbers:

The Japanese shadow bobber from LNSPLTBLVD :

The Shadow bobber rat's:

We also like the sports bobbers from Voodoo Custom Cycles :

The clean classic style bobber:

Are you tempted to prepare a Shadow in Bobber?

In what style do you want to prepare it?


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