December, 2006 Archive

Bliss in Black & White

Saturday, December 30th, 2006
Yamaha Royal Star Venture

Officer Bliss Rides With Metric Thunder.

When Traffic Control Officer Brock Bliss traded out his police issue Kawasaki for this Royal Star Venture, his partner couldn’t figure out what he was looking at. Continued »

The Serpent Takes December’s Thunder Saddle Contest

Thursday, December 28th, 2006
Don Wins December’s Thunder Saddle Contest sponsored by Saddlemen

The Serpent Wins the Thunder Saddle Contest for December

Bikernet’s Capo, Keith Ball, selected Don Kralis for his outstanding snake tattoo as December’s Thunder Saddle winner. Don will see it represented on his new custom Thunder Saddle from Metric Thunder. Continued »

All Chopper All the Time

Thursday, December 28th, 2006
Discovery Communications, which has created such brands as TLC and Animal Planet, has another on the drawing boards called Turbo.

Discovery Communications, which has created such brands as TLC and Animal Planet, has another on the drawing boards called Turbo. What’s unusual about Turbo — which will be feature programming about bikes, hot rods and everything else that’s motorized — is that Discovery has no plans to turn it into a 24/7 cable network like TLC and Animal Planet.

Continued »

Metric Thunder Headquarters for M109R

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
Metric Thunder Headquarters for M109R

Triple-digit HP Pulls Suzuki’s M109R Along the Boulevard

Getting more horsepower from the M109R Continued »

How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
Metric Thunder has How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser Book. It’s on sale, in stock and ready to ship right now.

Get your Hands Dirty with This Book

Cruisers account for more than 60 percent of the street bike market in the United States. That’s a lot of iron hitting the tarmac! Continued »

Wagner’s Black Beauty

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
Honda VTX 1300R

Wagner Rides with Metric Thunder!

He also works for the company. Wagner began with Metric Thunder a couple of months ago and rode a Honda VLX 600 at the time. After following the V2K to Cook’s Corner a few times, he knew he needed to step up to something with a bit more punch. Continued »

Stratoliner & Patrick Racing

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
Yamaha Stratoliner

Larry Rides With Metric Thunder.

Yamaha offers two models of their flagship bike that comes in three flavors:
1. Roadliner/Roadliner Midnight/Roadliner S
2. Stratoliner/Stratoliner Midnight/Stratoliner S

The Midnight versions are blacked out, while the “S” versions are chromed out. Continued »

Metric Thunder Tracks Santa via NORAD

Friday, December 22nd, 2006
Metric Thunder Tracks Santa Through NORAD

In 1955, Sears Roebuck advertised a hotline for kids to call Santa. Unfortunately, the phone number was incorrect, and kids accidentally started dialing the direct line to the commander of Continental Air Defense (CONAD; the predecessor of NORAD). To this day, NORAD makes a tradition of “tracking” Santa Claus for kids.

NORAD radar is spec-built for tracking Santa. It’s called the North Warning System and includes 47 radar installations strung across the northern border of North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Department of Defense coordinates with NORAD through the satellite defense network to track movement on the ground. (DOD alerted NORAD that there is extreme activity at the North Pole.)

Metric Thunder is Getting Ready for Claus

Santa contacted Thunder Bob and said that he will be stopping in at Metric Thunder late on Christmas Eve for a few gift certificates for bikers that have been very good this year. (Thunder Bob is setting out a plate of organic peanut butter cookies and a fifth of Jack Daniels.)

Goto NORAD to checkout the latest on Santa’s progress. (Opens a new Window)


NORAD is the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada. NORAD was created by a 1958 agreement between Canada and the United States. The agreement has been renewed nine times – most recently this year. NORAD provides warning of missile and air attack against both of its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and provides air defense forces for defense against an air attack.

NORAD’s mission has evolved over the years to meet the aerospace defense needs of Canada and the United States. The most recent “evolution” in NORAD’s mission came as a result of September 11, 2001. Because of that day, NORAD now monitors the airspace within Canada and the United States, too. In addition, the command also conducts maritime warning. There are men and women in NORAD constantly watching the skies and waterways to keep the United States and Canada safe.

V2K Rumbles Down the Road

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Dan Rides With Metric Thunder.

Dan really likes the massive torque of this muscle cruiser. He recently added hand painted pinstriping in Kawasaki Green against the black paint background. Continued »

Road Rubber is Important when Cruiser Customizing

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
Cruiser Customizing includes the Rear Meats

BARNETT’S Magazine published an article on Metzeler fat tires. It’s an interesting piece about tire manufacturing and what they are doing to increase the functionality of the fat rear meat.

When you decide to customize your cruiser the meat in the back is an important part of the style and handling of the bike. Our red T-Bike 1 is shod with Metzeler and we have had excellent results with the them. They handle and perform very well.
– Thunder Bob
Continued »

Road Star Custom Build

Monday, December 18th, 2006
Yamaha Road Star

Custom Builder Jim McLain Rides with Metric Thunder.

This Roadie is truly a custom build from the ground up. Jim McLain, along with the help of Jim Travis, put a lot of sweat equity into this bike. Continued »

Illusion Blue Rune

Monday, December 18th, 2006
Honda Rune

Jim McLain rides with Metric Thunder.

Truly a one-of-a-kind bike, the Honda Rune is is like no other ride on the road. Jim is a real motorcycle enthusiast. Continued »

From the Land of the Tattoo

Friday, December 15th, 2006
get your own Custom Thunder Saddle embroidered with your own design

The Tattoo Story

In running our Thunder Saddle Tattoo Contest sponsored by Saddlemen we have found that everyone has a story to tell about their tattoo. Johnnie Gutierrez is a prime example. Continued »

Pimp Your Ride

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
Pimp Your Ride for the Holiday

Accelerate Your Life

It’s time to grab life by the throttle. Stop going out of your way for everyone else and give yourself a little love this holiday!

Before you crack open that eggnog, have you thought about your 2007 motorcycle experience? In order to get the bike that you want so that it looks good and rides well, you’re going to need a plan. Continued »

The Ink Flows – December Thunder Saddle Contest

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
The Dragon Lady is in the Thunder Saddle Contest sponsored by Saddlemen

Our Thunder Saddle Contest sponsored by Saddlemen for December is starting out with enthusiasm! December’s winner will be selected on Thursday, December 28, 2006. The ink is flowing so send us a pic of your tat and show us what gets you going. Continued »

Confederate Motor Company Gallery Images

Saturday, December 9th, 2006
Confederate Motorcycle Profiled at Metric Thunder

From New Orleans to Alabama

Confederate Motor Company, Inc moved from its Hurricane Katrina ravaged facility in New Orleans to a new facility in Birmingham, AL. Continued »

Slammed 2005 C50

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Suzuki Boulevard C50

Tim rides with Metric Thunder.

I hadn’t seen this bike for a while, probably the reason I didn’t recognize it when Tim rode in today. He’s really done some nice one-of-a-kind mods to his ’05 C50. Continued »

C50 Beach Cruiser

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Suzuki Boulevard C50

Gilbert rides with Metric Thunder.

Talk about clean lines…this 2005 C50 sure looks sharp! Vance & Hines Straightshots with Fishtail tips, Cruiser Performance Beach bars, Cobra Engine guards and white walls all fit together just right. Continued »

A Custom Thunder Saddle is Perfect for XMAS

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Christmas Gifts from Metric Thunder

Create Your Own Saddle

Metric Thunder’s Thunder Saddle program offers you an outlet for your creativity. It provides the perfect opportunity to pull together all the design elements of your customized motorcycle Continued »

Nothing Like Leather for XMAS!

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Saddkemen Saddle Bags Are the Rage

The Saddlemen team has developed three separate lines of motorcycle luggage which address the wide variety of motorcycle traveling challenges. While function is of paramount concern in the design of each Saddlemen piece of luggage, every bag contains the style elements that stand out around town. Continued »

Free Shipping on Qualified Orders of $249 or More

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Free Shipping on orders of $149.99 and more

Free Shipping offer details

Get free shipping on orders that total over $249. Our program is straightforward and provides you with an ability to eliminate your shipping cost. It is required that you enter FREESHIP in the coupon code box. Continued »

Thunderbike II Latest Mods

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

The muscle cruiser needed some more stuff…

Like Thunderbike I, T-Bike II has also been modified in several phases. We made a few small changes over the summer that really added to the overall look of the bike. Continued »

Get a Grip on the Holiday Season

Monday, December 4th, 2006
Kuryakyn Is the #1 Maker of Metric Cruiser Aftermarket Parts – Get a Grip on the Holiday Season

Kuryakyn ISO-Grips fit just about any popular cruiser, metric or American. These are the grips everyone likes. They are the biggest seller and consistently perform well. Continued »

“World’s Fastest Motorcycle” on Speed Channel 12/3/06 and 12/10/06

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
Bub Streamliner sets land speed record

Metric Thunder was a proud sponsor of Denis Manning and his team

SPEED Channel will broadcast the WORLD’S FASTEST MOTORCYCLE in 2 one hour segments on December 3, and 10th 2006 at 3:00 PM eastern time. Check your local cable or satellite provider for exact air time in your area. Continued »

2007 Victory Kingpin Tour Review

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
Victory Kingpin Tour

Victory turns the Kingpin into a tourer

Victory calls this version of the Kingpin motorcycle a “soft tourer.” It offers a medium-sized windshield and clear plastic lowers alongside the fork legs for wind protection. Continued »

For Christmas Give a Cushy Tushy

Friday, December 1st, 2006
Metric Thunder’s Thunder Saddles provide  panels of Saddle Gel that are placed under the seat’s top cover and eliminate that tingly feeling you get after a few hours on the road.

Most Iron Butt riders know that Saddle Gel technology lets you feel as good getting off the bike as you felt when you first got on. Continued »

Roland Sands Meets Kenny Roberts

Friday, December 1st, 2006
Roland Sands custom motorcycle

The King Asked Roland To Build A Bike With His KRV5 Engine

The KRV5 Tracker is a creative collaboration between motorcycle designer Roland Sands and racing legend “Kingâ€? Kenny Roberts. Roberts’ had the idea to utilize one of his KRV5 engines for something other than the MotoGP track. Sands’ was looking for a build project that would challenge and inspire his creative talents. Continued »