You all remember PainTTless, the awesome ultra radical vintage racer style custom bike (with a Sportster Iron engine coupled to a WLA HD transmission) built by Thunderbike Germany and sacred World Champion at the 2012 Sturgis Championship Of Bike Building. A work of 2-wheel art so perfect, aesthetically and mechanically, that I really wondered how anyone could top such work. At that time, I asked Thunderbike owner Andreas Bergerforth what we could expect next from him. Would not tell me until last week when he unveiled “Unbreakable” at the 16th edition of European Bike Week held in Faaker See, South of Austria.
And not surprisingly, both the pro-judges of the Custom Chrome Europe bike show and of the Harley-Davidson ride-in competition had no difficulty agreeing that “Unbreakable” deserved to receive the biggest trophies. Custom bike shows are all about stunning designs, flawless fabrication and mechanical prowess to help in the advancement of custom building… and in promoting the builder’s business. This new creation excels in all areas. Of course, not a job that most in the custom world could accomplish even if they had in mind the concept and main design lines.
Thunderbike Customs, also an official Harley-Davidson located near Essen, Germany, is equipped with an array of CNC, benders, stamping, water jet machines, etc that very few in the custom world can afford (watch below the 10 minutes fabrication process video to see how much was involved in the build). And of course you need the right crew of experts to turn each idea into pure art form with all the one-off parts fitting together like they were born as one. From front to rear, from right to left and top to bottom, impossible to find any design flaw or mechanical approximation. A daily ride to work. Of course not. But for sure a gorgeous machine that you can ride like a motorcycle, pure pleasure included… Complete tech sheet below the video. (photography copyright Horst Roesler For Cyril Huze)