Easyriders® Magazine Article - October 2006 - Special Issue
Bar Bobber
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Bar owners beware: If you see this sweet, little bobber outside your place of business, chances are, once it's gone, you'll be missing a minute, yet integral, part of your establishment's equipment.

What am I talking about? Just check out the draft tap handle on the right side of the bike, under the transmis­sion. That's right, it's missing from a bar right now. And die 8-ball atop the shifter? Same story: missing in action. Those are the only two that Johnny, who built and owns this bike, will admit to, but common sense dic­tates that if there aren't more already, there soon will be.

Actually, the draft tap handle was a present from a mysterious couple Johnny and his crew had befriended at an Easyriders Bike Show last year. Having noticed the Budweiser theme of the bike, this couple decided that the bobber was missing a very impor­tant item and while the wife occupied the barkeep's attention, the husband deftly unscrewed the tap. When the wife handed it to Johnny as a present die following day, Johnny was amazed. "It's actually functional. It's my crankcase breather; my motor breathes through this."

Johnny constructed the bobber with the help of his father, Santos, who is his service manager, and his sister, Mari, whom he refers to as his body techni­cian. They originally built the bike as their entry for the Roar At The Shore bike build-off on South Padre Island, Texas, back in 2004. "I like beer," Johnny says about the brew theme, "and it took a lot of it to build this bike."

The basis for the build was an old, rigid Paughco frame, which Johnny says he had lying around for years. "I had taken the motor out and used it for a different bike, so when I started working on this bike, I remembered die frame and decided to use it."
Aside from the above-mentioned, uh, present, other one-offs include die motor mounts with the "8" and the "Budweiser" on them, the handlebars, the sissybar, the clutch assembly, the rear sprocket with the "Budweiser" and the "8," which was die shifter lever with the 8-ball, and lots more.
Which, of course, brings us back to the appropriated pub items. The 8-ball is also from a bar—a neighborhood pub that Johnny and his buddies tend to frequent. "It's called Hillbilly's," Johnny explains, "and one day, we were talking to the owner, and I said, ‘This would look so cool on the bike.’ So he simply gave me die ball."

For die time being, the 8-ball and the tap handle are the only bar items. But you never know, next time you see this bobber, it might have a beer keg incor­porated somewhere, or a bar stool, or some other piece of furniture usually associated with pub-like hangouts.

Bar owners everywhere, you have been warned.




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