The last couple of weeks, I've been extremely busy with some offline activities showing no sign of letting up and yesterday, I was really ready to relax for a couple of hours. I remembered the Harbortown Bobber DVD had recently arrived, it's by Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman, who you may know better as One World Studios, the guys who made Choppertown and Brittown. What better time to fire up the DVD player and watch a little bike action?
Scott Di Lalla has been working hard filming southern California custom builders and spending a lot of time in their shops for those previous films and he was getting the itch to build his own British bobber and that's what this film is about. He found a roller chassis and a half finished Triumph cafe project and before you know it, he had the beginnings of what would soon become the Harbortown Bobber. This film shows how it all came together. You get to meet the builders while they repair the frame, modify the tank, fabricate the pieces and take his vision through to the end.
It's pretty encouraging to see the work in progress, you're not watching some televised trip through million dollar shops, these guys work in garages with a lot more basic equipment and you get the feeling you could do a lot of this yourself.
The build is mixed with scenes of group rides through the southern California streets to the sounds of The Lords of Altamont and the DVD finishes with Scott firing up the bobber and taking it out on its maiden run.
At no time will you think this is some display of high end, high tech engineering. This is about creating a British bobber in a garage much like many of you might have and getting an inside look at the builders who do this all the time. Check it out, then, fire up that welder.
Link: Harbortown Bobber