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1980 Harley Shovelhead Rat Bob

Doug from Finger Lakes, United States made available these photographs of his 1980 Harley FLH Shovelhead which he calls the "Rat Bob" and which - as far as we are concerned - is a very clean Straight Bobber. And for sure she's a very nice Bar Hopper!

Doug: "This bike is a true Rat Bob, not a factory chromed out cookie cutter model. The motor is an 80 cubic inch (1340cc) shovelhead with S&S carb and 60's era tear drop air cleaner marked S&S Cycle. Kick and electric start. Solid lifters, flat-top pistons and a mild cam. I don't know the grind of the cam, but engine is great in town or on the road. Transmission is a Harley 4-speed with jockey shift and foot (suicide) clutch. There is a learning curve with a foot clutch but once you get it it is really easy."

Image of 1980 Harley Shovelhead Straight Bobber Motorcycle named the Rat Bob by Doug. Doug: "This bike is an absolute riot to ride and gets a lot of attention where ever I go. It is surprisingly comfortable to ride with both rear shocks and seat springs. I usually ride it around town but have taken rides of 200 mi. and it rode great."

Photo of 1980 FLH Harley Ratbob Shovelhead Bobber motorbike by Doug. 1980 Harley FLH Shovelhead Bobber named the "Rat Bob" by Doug.

Image of 1980 Harley Davidson FLH Shovelhead Straight Bobber Motorcycle named the Rat Bob by Doug.

Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?

To us, any Bobber is either a Straight Bobber or a Custom Bobber.

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Image of 1980 Harley Davidson Shovelhead Straight Bobber Motorcycle named the Rat Bob by Doug. Doug: "There are a couple of small oil leaks but nothing major, typical Shovelhead stuff."

Picture of 1980 HD Shovelhead Ratbob Barhopper by Doug.

1980 FLH Bobber Front End

Image of 1980 Harley FLH Shovelhead Straight Bobber Motorcycle named the Rat Bob by Doug.

Photo of 1980 Harley Ratbob Shovelhead Bobber motorbike by Doug. Those are Dunlop D-402 wide whitewall tires.

1980 FLH Bobber - The Rear End

Picture of 1980 FLH HD Shovelhead Ratbob Bobber by Doug.

Image of 1980 Harley Shovelhead Straight Bobber Motorcycle named the Rat Bob by Doug.

Photo of 1980 Harley Ratbob Shovelhead Bobber motorbike by Doug. That's a Bobber's Tale...

Actually, this 1980 HD Shovelhead Bobber is currently for sale.

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March 2010

Picture of 1980 HD Shovelhead Ratbob Bobber by Doug.