T Bike 1 Phase 2 Build

From modified cruiser to custom bagger

Phase 2 of T Bike 1 was a quantum leap from its origin as a 2003 Suzuki Intruder 1500LC stock cruiser. In addition to adding Hard Krome 2 into 1 Sideburners other major modifications included…

RC Components 18″ Forged Talon wheels on front and rear RC Components motorcycle wheels

The 2003 model year for the LC came with factory dual front disc brakes. We decided to mill off the brake caliper mount from the right side fork. The lower front forks were chromed to add to the custom look. Upgrading the wheels also gave us the opportunity to replace the stock 180 rear tire with a beefier 200.

Suzuki’s stock headlight was replaced by this stunning billet Mariah Concours headlight by Headwinds Headwinds motorcycle headlights

National Cycle Cruiseliner hard bags were added to complete that custom bagger look National Cycle Cruiseliner motorcycle saddlebags We decided to modify the saddlebag mounting bracket to move the hard bags down 1″ and back 1/2″ to better align with the rear fender. Inset side reflectors were removed, filled and painted to match the drop shadow, marbelized flame paint.

A special tribute to a friend and fellow riderCustom metric motorcycle parts and accessories

Stuart “Limey” Hamilton played a significant role in first build phase of Thunder Bike 1 in 2004. His untimely passing just after T Bike 1 earned a trophy in Sturgis inspired us to pay tribute to him in phase 2 of the build. Sheet metal was formed into a scoop design, then prepped for paint. After the based coat and candy were applied, our artist hand painted a wolf design and tribute to Stu.

The Thunder Saddle custom leather seat is added to the bike Thunder Saddle by Saddlemen

Metric Thunder worked closely with Saddlemen to develop a unique custom saddle to complete the custom bagger look. Saddlegel was inserted into the driver seating area. Foam was molded to create lower back support for those long rides. Top grain leather with matching red flame stitching was used to cover the seat.

The Metric Thunder logo was then stitched onto the back of the seat. Thunder Saddle by Saddlemen

The end… Suzuki Intruder 1500LC

Thunder Bike I Specs:

  • Owner: Metric Thunder, LLC/James Cantarini
  • Home: Corona, CA
  • Builders: Metric Thunder, Stu “Limey” Hamilton, Bob Osias, Jim Cantarini
  • Year/Model: 2003 Suzuki Intruder VL1500LC
  • Time to Build: Phase I: 2 months/ Phase II 4 months
  • Cost to Build: $10,500 + Bike, (excludes 100+ labor hrs)
  • Chromer: PCS
  • Painter: Al Danny Martinez III/ Patrick Guyton, Artist
  • Powder Coating: Precision Powder Coating
  • Metal Polishing: Superior Metal Polishing

  • Displacement: 1462cc
  • Pistons: Stock
  • Heads: Stock
  • Carbs: Custom Jetted Dual Mikuni
  • Air Cleaner: K & N Engineering
  • Exhaust: Hard Krome Sideburners
  • Dyna Ignition: Dyna 3000
  • Final Drive: Shaft

  • Frame: Stock
  • Suspension: Stock, Rear lowered LA Choppers Lowering Links
  • Front Wheel: RC Components 18″ Talons
  • Rear Wheel: RC Components 18″ Talons
  • Front Tire Metzler 880 140W
  • Rear Tire: Metzler 880 200W
  • Front Brakes: Stock Powder Coated
  • Rear Brakes: Stock Powder Coated

  • Headlight: Headwinds Mariah Concours Bullet, Smooth
  • Taillight: Kuryakyn LED Tombstone w/Halogen Silver Bullets
  • Lightbar: Kuryakyn Constellation Light Bar
  • Turn Signals: Kuryakyn Constellation
  • Accent Lighting: Kuryakyn Lizard Lights
  • Handlebars: 1.5″ Punisher Drag Bars
  • Grips: Pro-One Contoured Billet
  • Seat: Metric Thunder Custom Leather w/stitching by Saddlemen
  • Floorboards: Baron Custom Accessories “Enferno” Longboards
  • Hand Controls: Stock Powder Coated
  • Mirrors: Aeromach Billet Teardrops w/Flamed Stem
  • Saddlebags: National Cycle Cruiseliner Hardbags
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