Dragster Forever

drag1drag2drag3drag4drag5The 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.

drag10drag8If 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.

drag6drag9So, 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.

20 Responses to “Dragster Forever”

  1. 1 Ken Glenn Jan 6th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Looks very nice BUT! Low bars and forward controles don’t work, even more so on a Drag bike……. Touch your toes anyone?

  2. 2 BobS Jan 6th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Looks very cool. Drop an a real aftermarket race engine and some mid mounts would be even cooler!

  3. 3 Terence Tory Jan 6th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Ken Glenn,nice looking bike.But you are right about the riding position on the street or the strip.Also I doubt the rear belt would last a serious drag run in any case.That’s why I fit dirty old O-ring chains.

  4. 4 Trail Boss Jan 6th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Reminds me of a Walz Hardcore Cycle product. This style must be very popular in Germany.

  5. 5 SMZ Jan 6th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Nice bike..and it must be they keep making it over and over and over, One trick pony of a shop

  6. 6 REV.JIM Jan 6th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Nice job building a pretty bike. it sure won’t make much money at the strip or light to light on the street for that matter.

  7. 7 SIGFREED Jan 6th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    No matter how many times TB does the same thing (bar the paint job) it just remains fresh looking.

    I am not a fan of the C-3PO headlights (a simple SJP Billet headlight would be spot on – pun intended), but apart from that, it is simply perfect.

    Re the stance – “drag” style bikes are not touring machines and certainly not intended as company vehicles for the Barbecue Belly Band – they are for the drag-strip and for showing off on the sunset strip (lets be honest) and by no means pretend to be anything else. BTW the drop-seat makes it no more strenuous than a V-Rod’s seating position.

    On that topic and IMHO – HD should seriously look at this kind of ‘formula’ for the V-Rod – ie a drop-seat (move the tank to where it is supposed to be), make the bike much lighter (even if the frame almost disappears – as with the Ducati Diavel – and the bits that remain = cast aluminium) – eg take the weight down to 475lb KERB and up the performance of the Revolution engine (notably) – eg aim for a 100 lbf ft @ 8000r/min (Ducati is basically there – I am sure Porsche can get HD there).

    Now that will be the HD for the future and have the Indians capitulating AGAIN…

  8. 8 Doc Robinson Jan 6th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Terence, are those imaginary “dirty old O-Ring chains” that you fit to your imaginary builds? I notice you’ve NEVER put up.

  9. 9 Steve Carr Jan 6th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Once again the Crew at Thunderbike Customs deliver. Thunderbike could possibly be the leader in Custom design world wide……Period.

    And once again, Mr. TT shines with all his glory and vast Knowledge of all things Motorcycle. So Captain Obvious, I’m Pretty sure everyone here knows this bike was drag bike INSPIRED, and was not really INTENDED to be a real drag bike. The riding position is part of the STYLING used to create this bad ass bike, and I’m pretty sure it was never intended to be ridden or used as a touring bike.

    But, Please keep the quality comments flowing as much as you can, You always offer so much to the subject at hand…..

    Really NICE bike guy’s! I may be your biggest fan here in the US.

    Steve Carr

  10. 10 Shifter Jan 6th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    This kind of design is not new, but great build.

  11. 11 Brandon Jan 6th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Like this look.

  12. 12 Sam Mladineo Stooges Choppers Jan 6th, 2014 at 8:37 pm


  13. 13 Steve Carr Jan 6th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Sam,

    I like to learn from others, and tonight Sir, I learned something from you. I now know what a Bell End (bellend?) is and you Sir have nailed it right on the head, no pun intended …..

    Steve Carr

  14. 14 Doc Robinson Jan 7th, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Well I had to look up bell end in the online Urban Dictionary but I’m sure TT knows what it is both in English and Latin. Perfect.

  15. 15 Mike Greenwald Jan 7th, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Steve Carr,

    There are similar design cues between the Thunderbike Dragster Framed bike here and your Agent Orange Bike (http://www.lightningrodmotorcycles.com/AgentOrange.html). I like both interpretations of this stylized approach. Different budgets and different execution.

    In my opinion, the dealership builders in Europe are offering an alternate to the billet/chrome bolt on approach on the USA. How much market share do these dealership builders take away from the custom builder shops? Would this business model work in the USA?

    Mike Greenwald

  16. 16 dmj Jan 7th, 2014 at 6:41 am

    very nicely done

  17. 17 HD Rider Jan 7th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    All show and no go — form over function. A nice looking piece of crap.

  18. 18 James just another Crazy Kiwi Jan 7th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Their site is worth looking at.
    From the bikes they produce to the milder customs they are mostly of a similar style.
    But not all. And they have metrics and dressers .It’s cool.

    I was in Frankfurt airport a while ago and needed something to read. I picked up a German MC magazine. It was full of some very cool bikes.
    It was a bit like Heavy Duty, it had old timey Bobbers to full blown customs.
    Something for everyone.
    The Germans have always been great automotive engineers.
    Didn’t they invent the motorcycle.
    Problems was (is) I could not read it, but who cares when the presentation and photography is that good.

  19. 19 Martin Twofeather Jan 7th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Damn I like that bike…………………….

  20. 20 CW Jan 8th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Looks like a Waltz frame, nice

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