That's how our Winner Bike came into being
In Faak we had a little time to work on some ideas we had for the BBO. The public gets a chance to vote there so we had to come up with something to surprise them, to build something a bit different, something that nobody would expect us to build.
An extreme old-school bike! That would be the first one for us! But then we’d take one, that’s the real McCoy, a Flathead, nobody in Germany has ever customized one before, and we happened to have one standing around in the shop.
As we came back from Faak, we took the poor old thing apart, and used some used parts to define the style we wanted; extremely narrow, with the tank high up in the air, so the engine would be clearly visible, a narrow T or Z handlebar, tall and skinny wheels, like we think a chopper for a Rock-a-Billy should look.
We made the peanut tank even narrower, by making the sides curved-in. The side mounted tank fueltap were closed, and refitted in a different place.
The oiltank had to be made from scratch, also with curved sides to match the gastank, and sloped, to fit the frame.
As we put the bike together again, it turned out the front fork now was too wide for the bike, so we bought a DKW fork on Ebay.
This fork however was a little unstable for this bike, so we only used the mechanical suspension parts, and made the rest ourselves.
- Base Harley-Davidson UL 1941
- Engine Flat Head SV 74
- Ignition Magneto
- Carburetor SU 1 ¾”
- Intake Thunderbike Billy Special
- Muffler Thunderbike Billy Special
- Handlebar Thunderbike Billy Special
- Grips Thunderbike Billy Special
- Footpegs Thunderbike Billy Special
- Fuel Tank Thunderbike Billy Special
- Oiltank Thunderbike Billy Special
- Rear Fender Thunderbike Billy Special
- Sissybar Thunderbike Billy Special
- Electric Thunderbike Billy Special
- Seat Custom Leather
- Kicker Pedal Crime Scene Choppers
- Taillight Crime Scene Choppers
- Front End DKW
- Front Rim Softail Custom 2.15×21
- Front Tire Avon Speedmaster 3×21
- Rear Rim Thunderbike Billy Special 4.5×18
- Rear Tire Firestone 4×18
- Brakes Drumbrakes
- Painting by Ingo Kruse / Kruse Design
As Ingo put on the basecoat I took some pictures and send them to Armin Dobstetter of Custom Leathers. I told him about the BBO, and asked him to come up with a seat, we gave him carte blanche. The first time we saw the seat was at the BBO, truly a piece of art!
Meanwhile, back at the shop, the ongoing process of the build went on: SU-carburetor, magneto, nuts and bolt, skulls, bullet-fuel tap…etc.
And nothing in chrome! Whenever parts were delivered in chrome, we dechromed them and had them nickel plated.
Last, but not least: a big thank you to the Toolman, who provided us with everything we needed, and who even got us the little lathe, shortly before we begun!