‘Thunderbike Customs’ Hamminkeln, Germany is a motorcycle fabricator, customizer and official Harley Davidson dealer.
With an extensive portfolio of bikes, the question was where to begin? A 1951 fully customized Panhead titled ‘The Flying Pan’ won us over and is the perfect bike from Thunderbike Customs for us to feature first.
Originally founded in 1985 as a Suzuki dealership named Motorradschuppen (Motorcycle Shed). Producing customized sports bikes the Thunderbike Team was successful at the German Racing Series (Deutsche Langstreckenmeisterschaft). By 2003 Thunderbike began to customize Harley-Davidson and create self produced frames, custom wheels and other parts. A competitor at the AMD World Championships (2006), Thunderbike Customs is said to be one of the most successful European Customizers.
For this build the ‘Thunderbike Customs’ crew imported a 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead from the United States, to use as the basis for their modifications. Without disposing of even a single screw from the Panhead, all the old parts were used for this build or donated to other Thunderbike Customs builds.
‘Thunderbike Customs have done one heck of in house fabrication and customization on this Panhead including; the exhaust, handlebars, grips, foot-pegs, fuel tank, oil tank, rear fender and many other parts were custom made especially for this Flying Pan.
‘The Flying Pan’ rolls on sleek 18-inch powder coated custom Thunderbike Vegas wheels wrapped in (Firestone) tires. The bike also features a Alcatraz taillight, custom solo seat and Thunderbike brass forward controls. The paint job was done by Master Painter Ingo Kruse, who has done a brilliant job with matte black and orange finish.
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