How to Identify Custom Motorcycles

How to Identify Custom Motorcycles

Custom Motorcycles Wheels and


Custom motorcycles are defined as any bike which has been heavily modified from its stock form or a bike that's been built by hand from the ground up.
Motorcyclists tend to be individualists, being part of a crowd all using the same bikes, with all the same colours, are not things that make classic owners tick.

Bobber Bikes

The Bobber (custom motorcycles) arose in the 1940's due to racing. Back then, motorcycles were big, heavy tanks, with huge fenders and lots of extra decorative sheet metal.

People wanted to make their bikes faster, and one of the easiest ways to do that was to strip as much excess weight from the bike as possible. This included fenders, turn signals, even front brakes.

As you can see from the above image.

Cafe Racer

The Cafe Racers (custom motorcycles) are lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimised for speed and handling rather than comfort – and for quick rides over short distances.

They are meant for going fast between one cafe to another, that how they got their names on paper they’re the bikes with a frame that’s straight and very aggressive riding position.



Choppers (custom motorcycles), on the other hand, were "born" in the 1960's when folks started to get creative with their motorcycles. They started piecing bikes together from surplus parts, removing parts, cutting (chopping) fenders and other parts down to make them smaller, and typically cutting (chopping) and extending the front forks. Other modifications included "ape hanger" handlebars, a "sissy bar" for the passenger, and modified exhaust pipes.

Rat Bike

Rat Bikes are custom motorcycles that have fallen apart over time but been kept on the road and maintained for little or no cost by operating kludge fixes.

The concept of keeping a motorcycle in at least minimally operational condition without consideration for appearance has probably characterised motorcycle ownership since its earliest days. While the origin of the term rat bike is unclear, it may be attributable to custom motorbike magazines, and retrospectively applied.



Spotting a Rat Bike in India is as normal as spotting a Royal Enfiled.

Rat Bikes

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