The goal of drag racing is pretty basic. Cross the quarter mile first and snag a lower elapsed time (E/T) than your opponent. But the crew at Thunderbike Customs is paid by the hour, not per second that their clients may save while racing a friend on the autobahn. Of course, their work is mainly about style and attitude, although a 103” Harley Screamin Eagle engine pushed to its limit can give you the kind of sensation felt by a pro Drag Racer at its peak speed before reaching the end of the strip.
If Thunderbike Germany continues to build so many variations of the drag style it’s because so many Germans continue to fantasize at the idea of looking at the Christmas tree, waiting for the green light to start the launch shift sequence to roar the engine across 1320 feet of pavement to to hit the traps in less than 10 seconds.
So, how does Thunderbike satisfy its clientele? Almost always with the same components, a series of proprietary custom dragster parts. A low “drop seat” frame named the Dragster RS to which is attached a single sided swingarm. A pair of Vegas Cut wheels (front 3.5 x 18 and rear 10 x 18 wrapped with a massive 280 mm Metzeler tire) with matching discs. An air ride suspension because lower looks better. A set of drag pipes. A pair of fenders because it rains in Germany. A hand made gas tank. Holed up hand and foot controls. An open belt NH-Power primary and an orange & black paint job by Ingo Kruse to tell you who is coming. It’s up to the owner if he wants to hear the deafening roar of the wind noise… Thunderbike Germany.