April, 2006 Archive

Jessica Prokup, Editor of RoadBike, Recaps Daytona

Thursday, April 27th, 2006
Roadbike Magazine on Metric Thunder Radio

Jessica Prokup, editor of RoadBike, talks about the sun, the sand, the bikes and racing. Her trip started with 5 inches of snow and ended with 80 degrees and a sunburn… Continued »

Under and Alone

Thursday, April 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder Riders like Hard Krome Big Straights

Just finished reading “UNDER & ALONE” by William Queen. WOW, what a ride!

In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a “confidential informant” made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance, not realizing that he was kicking-starting the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of American law enforcement.

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Thunder Design Process

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Save money, save time and get a better end result in creating that custom look for your cruiser by having a plan in mind beforeyou begin.

Although lots of chrome usually always looks great on a cruiser, it’s important to remember that your ride should be an expression of the rider and not just a magnet for chrome.

We believe that for any process to succeed, you have to keep it simple. Our process isn’t revolutionary however, it does give you some common sense steps to think about that will make customizing your bike easier.

From Stock To Custom Cruiser

Blank Canvas Completed Custom Bike

1. Decide on the purpose of your cruiser:

  • Bagger for short/medium range cruising
  • Trophy or tavern to tavern
  • Muscle or performance bike
  • Standard cruising
  • Long distance/touring
  • Hybrid or multipurpose

2. Choose a theme:

  • Pro street
  • Old school
  • Bobber
  • Gangster
  • Blackout or night train
  • Modern
  • Retro
  • Western
  • One-of-a-kind

3. Decide on a budget:

  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • Remember that paint, pipes and wheels are highest cost
  • Consider labor costs if someone else will be doing the work
  • Prioritize what is most/least important to your purpose/theme

4. Determine your timeline:

  • Decide on a realistic timeline, all at one or in segments.
  • If paint is part of the plan, allow for paint timeframes
  • If engine modification is part of the plan then allow for updates
  • Be aware of lead times on key parts such as wheels and custom seats.
  • Consider seasonality when customizing, many wait for winter to attack major projects.

Working The Process

It’s most important to understand that there is no right or wrong, all that matters is that you achieve the experience you had in mind. Magazines, the Internet and your own travels will become your best source for ideas.

Remember, don’t worry that each decision you make will be final or irreversable. There is a very large secondary market out there for well maintained used cruiser parts. If you decide you want to change from a set of drag pipes to a two-into-one pipe, there is a good chance you can resell your old pipes on eBay or one of the many online bike forums.

Customizing a cruiser is the next best thing to riding one!

Thunder Bike 2 in RoadBike Magazine

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

RoadBike Magazine recently profiled Thunder Bob and the Thunder Bike 2 in their April 2006 edition. Jessica Prokup, Editor of RoadBike, dug what Metric Thunder did and how they did it. RoadBike took a number of pictures at Sturgis 2005 when Thunder Bob could ride under his own power. (That’s another story)

It’s important to note that at no time did Team Metric Thunder either own or look at a service manual on this 2053cc/125 CI Bag Boy!

Pick up the latest issue of RoadBike to get all the details. To see the T Bike 2 build process click here. To see pics of T Bike 2 and Thunder Bob click here.

In developing this award winning bike, Team Metric Thunder created a design system called the Thunder Design Process. For information on how you can create your own custom bike using our design system call us to get started at (866) 744-7900.