June, 2006 Archive

Biker Stereotypes

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Metric Thunder Riders ride RC Components and Thunder Manufacturing Air Kits

A friend of mine, who works for a prominent motorcycle magazine, made a comment recently that caused me to think about metric cruiser riders. He believes that Harley riders are somewhat easier to profile than your average metric cruiser rider. The question became, “what is the profile of your typical metric cruiser rider or enthusiast?”

While we both agreed that there is no real way to prove or disprove a factual answer to this mostly subjective question, it would be very interesting and useful information to posses.

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I’m a KawBoy

Friday, June 30th, 2006
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No, I don’t ride a horse…or a Hog… I ride a Kaw…a Vulcan, the finest bang for the buck cruiser out there in my humble opinion.

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Pipe Sounds

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Metric Thunder Riders like Hard Krome Big Straights

Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked the following questions about pipe noise and performance… Continued »

What Biker’s do in the winter…

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Kuryakyn

Now that we bikers are heading into the heart of winter, thought I’d pass on an observation about passing the time while waiting for the snow to melt…

Although I live in southern California and ride year round, a large contingent of our customers live further north and are “bike hibernating” for several months.

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Thunder Design Process

Friday, June 30th, 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 before you begin.

  Thunder Bob gives you more on the design process. Click the VCR button to hear all the details.

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.

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World’s Fastest Indian

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Baron Custom Accessories

Took my 11 year old daughter, who is a biker in training, out to see the “World’s Fastest Indian” last night. It’s the story of Burt Munro of Invercargill, New Zealand who overcame enormous odds to achieve his lifelong goals on the Salt Flats of Bonneville beginning in 1962.

Burt was the living extreme of motorcycle enthusiast. He literally lived in his garage/shack along side his beloved Indian Scout that he bought in 1920 at the age of 21. He would continually ride, modify and set records on that bike up until his death 58 years later in 1978.

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Thunder Bob’s Bikes

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
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Got into a conversation with a friend of mine the other day and we were rambling on about the number and type of motorcycles we have owned or ridden over the years.

His experience was almost a mirror image of mine. He’s owned Harley’s most of his life and ridden metrics from time to time. I’ve owned metrics all my life and have been known to saddle up a Hog now and then.

My first bike was a used 1968 Yamaha 80 that I rode to and from High School in ’73-’74. Yeah, yeah, I hear you saying, “old fart.” If you’re lucky and keep the bike vertical, you too may be called an “OF” some day yourself!

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Performance – Good, Stock – Bad

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
D & D Performance pipes for Harley-Davidson on Metric Thunder

Dave Rash on Bikernet Radio

Exhaust pipes are one of the few things that make more power immediately. Add a cam and iginition and you are cooking with oil. Continued »

Saxon Motorcycles on Bikernet

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Saxson Motorcycles on Bikernet Radio and Metric Thunder

From Bikernet Radio

The Saxon Motorcycle Company storms in from the Southwest to dealers across the country with designs that are truly unique and well executed. Continued »

Bob Kay Turns You into a Master Builder

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder Bob and Hard Bikes on Bikernet Radio

From Bikernet Radio

Thunder Bob gets the 411 on Hardbikes… the company that allows you to create your own custom motorcycle. From pro-street to choppers, Hardbikes allows you to deliver your dreams. Continued »

The Jaz Man on Bikernet Radio

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
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From Bikernet Radio

Thunder Bob dials up Jaz to get the lowdown on R-Max USA by Roadmax. Over 50% of the custom bike builders run a R-Max product. Continued »

Thunder Bob Interviews Brian Klock

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

From Bikernet Radio

Thunder Bob chats up this custom bike designer from the Great White North. No wonder Brian builds such outstanding bikes… It snows 6 months out of the year! Continued »

Thunder Bob Interviews Jesse Rooke

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder Bob and Jesse Rooke on Bikernet Radio

From Bikernet Radio

Jesse Rooke profiled his new KTM Custom MotoBike at California Speedway during the opening round of the 2006 AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. Continued »

Biker Photographer Bob Feather

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews RoadBike Magazine

Bob Feather’s Photographs Tell a Story

Bob Feather knows his way around a camera. Feather has been a professional photographer for over 16 years and is currently a staff photographer for both American Iron and RoadBike Magazines.

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Thunder Bob Snags the Big Ugly Bastard

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder sell Bub Exhaust pipes for Harley-Davidson and metric cruisers

BUB AIMS FOR 325 MPH in 2006

What does the Big Ugly Bastard (BUB) have to say about Bonneville, Rinehart exhausts and running one of the most successful exhaust pipe manufacturers in the world?

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Bikernet Radio Gives Thunder Bob the Nod

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder Bob and Hard Bikes on Bikernet Radio

Bandit from Bikernet.com selected Thunder Bob to kick off Bikernet Radio. Over 300,000 bikers make Bikernet a monthly destination and many are listening in on TB.

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Tom Monroe of Saddlemen on Thunder Radio

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Tom Monroe of Saddlemen

Saddlemen provides innovative designs and produces industry-leading products that have your comfort in mind. Tom Monroe talks about what is happening at the firm and how they are meeting the needs of the cruiser marketplace Continued »

Thunder Radio Features “The Baron” of Barons

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Baron Custom Accessories

Jon Von Chaldy, The Baron, talks with Metric Thunder Bob about Sturgis, design, customization and a new biker TV show… don’t miss it! Click the left button to start, the middle button to pause and the right button to stop.

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Beerman

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic
Metric Thunder really knows their stuff. They had everything I needed for my V-Star 1100 Classic. – Robin

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Queen on the Road

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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“The Road Queen” rides with Metric Thunder!

Here’s a great looking Road Queen with her great looking Road King!

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Thunder Rider Benny

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Benny rides with Metric Thunder!

So you say you like a classic studded bagger?

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Thunder Rider Garry Montague

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Garry Montague rides with Metric Thunder!

Ahh, the look of newly installed Hard Krome Bigs..

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Rochester Rocket

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Roy Iacuzza Rides with Metric Thunder

Roy and his sled, the Rochester Rocket, are breaking cover from the long cold NY winter.

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Dragon Slayer Runs Metric

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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James “Dragon Slayer” McCracken Rides with Metric Thunder!

This smokin’ 1500LC has just come out of it’s winter hibernation to emerge as a real eye-catcher! It took quite a bit of burning the midnight oil to get this one back on the road, but it clearly was time well spent.

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Thunder Rider OzKruz

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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OzKruz Rides with Metric Thunder!

The wonder from down under…Here’s Neale’s Boulevard C90 that’s ready to tour the outback or cruise the streets of Brisbane. What’s he done since it left the showroom?

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Leo Runs the Thunder

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Leo Runs with Metric Thunder Gear

Leo has assembled a list of custom parts to make his ride distinctive.

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Down Under Thunder

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Keith & Ann ride with Metric Thunder!

Known as the “Bolox Bike” down under, this Volusia just recently added front and rear Kuryakyn ISO boards for touring comfort in the Outback.

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Thunder Rider Terry Bishop

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Rider Terry Bishop Rides with Metric Thunder

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Riding the Intrudian

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Helges Transforms a Suzuki Intruder 1500LC into an Indian!

Is that an Indian?? No, it’s Helges and his 1998 Intruder 1500LC. He’s done an amazing job of customizing his ride.

The “Intrudian” is not only a great looking bike, but it set up for the long haul. Keith has taveled all over the country on his LC in comfort and style.

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Thunder Rider Marantz

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Gordon Marantz Rides with Metric Thunder

Gordon’s got one of the most “customizable” bikes on the road, the V-Star Classic. He’s done a great job of making his mark on this fine looking classic.

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Thunder Rider Robert Bolt

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Robert Bolt Rides with Metric Thunder!

So you like fast? This ’00 V-Max claims to deliver north of 110 foot pounds of torque to the rear!

Robert brought his muscle bike to the Metric Thunder Open House. Obviously, steroids in streetbikes are not illegal.

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“Dirty” Rides Metric Thunder

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
GO GO GO GO Dirty

“Dirty” Rides with Metric Thunder!

This Meanstreak has “Show Bike” written all over it! This ride has a very long list of modifications.

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Thunder Rider Doug Forsythe

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Rider Doug Forsythe Rides with Metric Thunder

Cruise 4 Kids Winner Doug recently won several hundred dollars in Metric Thunder products and Gift Certificates during this year’s Cruise 4 Kids. He’s already put his winnings to good use, Doug wisely chose to put all the new stuff on the Wife’s new V-Star 1100!

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Thunder Rider Prince

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Thunder Rider runs his 1988 Intruder VS1400 at Metric Thunder

Prince Rides with Metric Thunder!

The Intruder comes with a 1360 CC – 4 stroke mil that pumps out 68 HP @ 4800 RPM .

Details included on this sled includes a Bore x stroke: 94.0 x 98.0 mm , 3 valves per cylinder, 4 speed tranny and a shat drive. Continued »

Thunder Rider Doc Parker

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Doc Parker’s Honda Shadow 1100 on Metric Thunder

Doc Parker rides with Metric Thunder!

When he’s not realigning a spine or two, you just might catch an orange blur speeding past you on the highway.

Take a look at some of his work: Continued »

Thunder Rider Skip

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Thunder Rider Skip and his Honda VTX1800

Skip rides with Metric Thunder even though he lives in Thailand!

He’s set up his big VTX for touring as you can see from this photo taken at the Golden Triangle, (where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet). Continued »

Thunder Rider Eric Nichols

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Eric Nichols Rides with Metric Thunder!

Is this a great looking V-Star or what?? Eric’s done a killer job of customizing his ride: Continued »

Thunder Rider Kenny Metcalf

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Baron Custom Accessories

Kenny Metcalf Rides with Metric Thunder. The VTX 1800 Retro in red, a great looking ride for the founder of X-Cessories, Kenny Metcalf.

Here’s a snapshot of what he’s done: Continued »

Thunder Rider Crow

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Built for the highway and backroads…Here’s “Crow’s” Suzuki Intruder 1500LC and a sample of some of his modifications: Continued »

Big Joe Thunder Rider

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Joe Gschweng Rides with Metric Thunder.

Here’s “Big Joe’s” award winning VTX 1800C. As the President of KewlMetal, you have to dress to impress, and Joe has really dressed up this bad baby… Continued »

Riding the Czernobog

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
Metric Thunder Riders ride RC Components and Thunder Manufacturing Air Kits

Vince Beltz Rides with Metric Thunder

The “Czernobog” as Vince calls it, is his black with yellow trim 2003 VTX 1800C. Continued »

Thunder Rider Geesh-Man

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Here’s Bill’s 2005 Black Suzuki Boulevard C90. He’s made some great choices for customizing his new ride: Continued »

Thunder Rider Pat Sanders

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
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Pat Sanders Rides with Metric Thunder.

Here’s Pat’s black VTX 1300RS… Continued »

Thunder Rider Kevin Crawford

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Kuryakyn

Kevin “Revkev” Crawford Rides with Metric Thunder. Deep candy red on top of green gold on his 2001 Suzuki Intruder 1500.

Accessories include, Continued »

Thunder Rider RevKev

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Kuryakyn

Kevin “RevKev” Crawford still Rides with Metric Thunder!

See the guy in the photo above on the 2001 Suzuki Intruder 1500LC…either he has an identical twin brother or it’s the same guy!

Hey, it IS the very same Guy! Continued »

Thunder Rider Dean Crowson

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder interviews Kuryakyn

Dean Crowson Rides with Metric Thunder.

That purple VTX1800R looks sharp with that matching front fairing. Continued »

Thunder Rider Mike Hanes

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
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Rider Mike Hanes Rides with Metric Thunder!

If you are ever in the Colorado Springs area, there’s a good chance you’ll see this custom Intruder 1500LC. If you ask Mike, he’s likely gonna tell you that “there’s more to do.” Here’s just some of what he’s already done… Continued »

Thunder Rider Raymond

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder Riders ride RC Components and Thunder Manufacturing Air Kits

Gotta love the classic lines of the Road Star. Raymond went with the black and white paint to match those great looking whitewalls. He’s just starting to customize his ride and already has a nice start… Continued »

Thunder Rider Magicman

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
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Here’s Bill and his 1500LC in blue. His ride is really set up for some long distance touring… Continued »

Thunder Rider Dave Massaro

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder Riders like Hard Krome Big Straights

Here’s Dave Massaro and his ’02 VTX 1800R. The “R” stands for “Retro” and Dave has done a great job dressing up his ride with: Continued »