Sprit Of The Age
Back Street Heroes|September 2020
Building a custom bike to such a standard that it looks factory-made is the pinnacle of custom bike building - if your bike's so good it can be mistaken for being like that in the first place, well, it doesn't get much better than that, does it?
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Andreas, the head honcho at Thunderbike in Hamminkeln, Germany, is a man who’s owned and/or built some of the most amazing customs in Europe – his/their bikes’ve won just about every award there is, in almost every style/genre you can think of. Their bikes do tend to be out-and-out customs, though, and one thing he was keen to do was a proper post-war bobber in the original style that, perhaps sadly, has been superseded by the new era of modern bobbers – bobbers were, after all, originally big ol’ Harleys and Indians stripped of all their extraneous metalwork in an effort to make them lighter, faster and more able to keep up with the much smaller, but more nimble, Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons that were imported into the States in the Fifties and Sixties. They were, if you like, originally more about speed and agility than looks – that came much later.

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