Tons of Sissy Bar Ideas

Supposedly a “sissy bar” was originally a handle put on the back fender or rear of a motorcycle’s frame to give people a place to grab onto so they could help a racer through a difficult section on early off-road events. I’ve got no idea if that’s true or not, but I do know the modern version of a sissy bar is one of the most obvious creations on any chopper. One thing that’s cool about ‘em is that you can build one in a weekend and totally change the look of your bike, flex your fab skills and have some fun. I prefer stainless steel since you can just give it a quick polish and be done with it, no need to send out to chrome. There are plenty of tutorials out there, here’s a good one we did with Zac Doom back in the Chop Cult days.

Last year at Born Free our intrepid photog Geoff Kowalchuk walked the acres of choppers, snapping pics of quite a few cool set ups and we’ve compiled ‘em here for your reference. One thing to keep in mind, all the cool trinkets in the world don’t make up for a solid design with good fabrication. We’ve all witnessed plenty of cracked and broken sissy bars over the years and its usually because someone didn’t think it through, wasn’t a very good welder, or put 200lbs. of shit on a 1/2” sissy bar and expected it to last forever. So, make it strong, then make it cool. Good luck!

 (BTW, you can click any image for a larger version.)

  • Lemmy

    I always liked Dick Allen’s triangulated sissy sticks.

    • Biltwell