T-Bikes

Tbike1 Rebuilt after Crash

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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Thunderbike 1 re-build after accident. Tore down front end and replaced steering head bearings….new fork oil…Re-mounted new Headwinds headlamp 1-1/2″ further back into steering head. Looks way better IMHO, Installed Cyborg 3600 Lumen LED H4 headlamp bulb, that sucker is BRIGHT!…….aquired new Kuryakyn Constellation driving light bar and mounted with Kury’s new replacement LED bulbs. Brightest combo of forward lighting I have seen to date! Mounted new Dunlop Elite 3 radials front and rear….New grips and levers………..New larger Saddlemen sissybar pad for my poor ‘ol ageing back….. New DG Performance HardKrome Sideburner 2-1 pipes (growl!)….. New stator (had to pull cover anyway to fix pesky oil drip)…..Cleaned up a bunch of wireing and installed Run/Turn/Brake controller for new Rear LED Toombstone tailight and signals……Clean Clean and more clean! Wild Bill Custom paint has done as good of a job as Danny Martinez did 11 years ago. In some ways better. This shade of red is just a bit brighter and deeper and really pops in the sunlight. Front fender was done and delivered the friday before the accident. Just did not have time to install it thank God! Love the new paint! Reinstalled the original flame stitched Profiler Saddle by Saddlemen, Fixed/replaced forward control parts, Replaced ’03 rear fender with a ’98 rear fender with lower skirts, Replaced rear fender struts, Did I mention clean and clean again? The results are wonderful. Not bad for a 11 year old bike!

Third Times a Charm for Thunderbike 1!

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Yea it’s been a while since we’ve updated this section!
Some changes to the Tbike1 were done by JimJC to make it a daily
ride. They include:

  • 1.5″ diameter x 16″ Drag Specialties “Big Buffalo” Apehangers and Risers
  • Barnett/Goodridge Stainless steel braid cables and hoses
  • Jardine Forward controls
  • Kuryakyn flamed footpegs and shift/brake pegs
  • Mustang solo saddle (Got Half Crazy’s saddle off ‘ol yeller) {:>)
  • MC Enterprises solo saddle rail
  • Suzuki OEM solo fender Rack (to carry packages to the post office!)
  • Kuryakyn “switchable” backrest for VTX1300 (modified to fit)
  • GMan Industries stage 3 carburation and intake
  • Kuryakyn Constellation Driving lightbar (modified VS800 bracket to fit)
  • Wolo “Bad Boy” air horn (tucked inside the Pair valve cover with the backside cut out)
  • PC Racing’s FLO SS high performance washable oil filter
  • Gman Industries 2.0 gallon “Gtank” Aux fuel tank
  • Memphis Shades Fats 19″ windshield
  • National Cycle Chrome windshield lowers (modified to fit MS brackets)

    The conversion from bar room blaster to a true interstate superslabber
    is complete! What a joy to ride! And still wins trophies!


    TBike1……..Super Comfy!

    So Purdy! and Sooooo Ridable!

    Nice view of Kuryakyn Constelation lighbar and Chrome lowers

    Jardine forward controls with Kuryakyn Flamed Pegs adapted to fit.

  • Thunderbike Wins “Sickest Cruiser” at RollinHardRiders “2 Foster Independence” Rally!

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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    Metric Thunder is proud to support Foster Independence for at risk Teens and Foster Youth in our local community. The organizers stuck the Tbike in the bike show and it WON! Great day was had by all and for a wonderfull cause. RollingHardRiders is a So. Cal sportbike club, Great bunch too! Thanks Guys!

    Thunderbike 1 makes centerfold of June Roadbike Mag!!!

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
    Thunderbike 1 Mag Spread

    Once again RoadBike Magazine Features Metric Thunder in a 4-page spread commemorating the legacy of the first Thunderbike built by Bob Osias and Stuart Hamilton. It’s a tribute to Stuart (AKA “Limey”) who passed away shortly after the build. The bike still graces the store as a testament to bolt-on ingenuity. As the new owner I can also say it’s a blast to ride! Thanks RoadBike! JimJC

    T Bike 2 Gets Some New Clothes!

    Friday, December 21st, 2007
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    Sometimes it only takes a couple of modifications to significantly change the look of your ride… Continued »

    RoadBike Magazine Features Metric Thunder

    Saturday, October 27th, 2007
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    Metric Thunder Gets Some Press from RoadBike

    RoadBike Magazine did a photo shoot of T-Bike II during Sturgis Bike Week back in 2005. An article appeared in the magazine in April of 2006 and has now been added to their updated Web site. 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 »

    T Bike 1 Phase 2 Build

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
    Suzuki Intruder 1500LC

    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… Continued »

    Visualize It — Then Build It

    Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
    The joy of owning a cruiser is making it your own. At Team Metric Thunder we build custom bikes to represent the company and help enthusiasts just like you build motorcycles that embody your values and personality.

    Metric Thunder Helps Build Your Custom Dream Bike

    The joy of owning a cruiser is making it your own. At Team Metric Thunder we build custom bikes to represent the company and help enthusiasts just like you build motorcycles that embody your values and personality. Continued »

    Thunder Bike 2 (T2) – Specs

    Friday, September 8th, 2006
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    Metric Thunder’s T-Bike 2 – Pre-Sturgis ’05 Photo Shoot
    Need more details on the bike or part list? Then Continued »

    Thunder Bike 1 (T1) – Build Phase 1

    Friday, September 8th, 2006

    Suzuki Intruder 1500LC Wins Best in Class in Sturgis

    Team Metric Thunder took one of the hardest motorycles to customize and bult this lovely red sled. Follow along with the Phase 1 build that lead to a Trophy at Sturgis. Continued »

    Thunder Bike 2 (T2) – Build Up

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
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    RoadBike Magazine recently profiled our Thunder Bike 2 in their April 2006 edition. RoadBike really liked our unique Thunder Design process which transformed a new model Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 into a custom cruiser that didn’t require fabrication or emptying a trust fund to complete. Continued »