How to Build an Old Skool Bobber: Second Edition by Kevin Baas
Kevin Baas begins the second edition of his How to Build an Old Skool Bobber book with a little history, the history of bike building at home, as seen through the eyes of a young man watching his Vietnam-Vet father build a chopper at home in 1970. Kevin lays out the basics of bike building, starting first with the ideal components: which engine, which frame, and the differences in the various years. Next, things to watch out for when buying old parts, and how to fix the parts you do buy. Additional chapters describe brake systems, both early and late, tires and wheels, and frame geometry. Four complete start-to-finish bike assemblies round out this hands-on book.
A man with great enthusiasm for old skool bikes, Kevin Baas is a full time shop teacher at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. Kevin comes to his chopper building abilities through his father, a man who built a Panhead chopper in 1970 - the first time choppers were cool. Kevin applied what he learned from his father and his own bike-building experiences and put together a bike-building shop class at Kennedy High. “I wanted the kids to learn how to build real motorcycles,” explains Kevin. “Not kit bikes or cookie-cutter bikes, but bikes that regular people can build and afford.” Kevin’s Knucklehead is his own version of a real bike. “I brought it to class and let the kids put it together.” Ultimately, Kevin Baas is the shop teacher we all wish we had in high school.