Ecstasy of Gold
The conversion of my Low Rider ST has been an exciting adventure that has now closed a great chapter with the completion of the bike.
Countless hours and moments of customizing with the guys and gals at Thunderbike, bringing ideas to life and breaking new ground to turn the baldzomobile into a true neckbreaker.
With the new Gold Digger wheels in 21″ front and 18″ rear, as well as the 9″ Clubstyle risers from us, my bike gets a damn cool look.
"I am more than proud of the bike and look forward to taking the roads with it".
- Saddlemen Seat Step Up Tuck & Roll Black
- Thunderbike Digger wheel
- Thunderbike License Plate Frame Inside Plate
- Metzeler ME888 Rear Tire 200/50R18M/C REINFTL 82H
- Thunderbike Turn Signals Stripe LED 3in1
- Kellermann Bullet 1000 Turn Signal (1)
- Thunderbike Brake Caliper Adapter Set 300->340mm black
- Thunderbike Brake Disc Spoke Floated 340mm
- Thunderbike Pulley Spoke
- Thunderbike Riser Kit Clubstyle 9'' Pullback black
- Thunderbike Grips SP-S satin black cut
- Thunderbike Shock Adjusting Knob satin black
- Thunderbike Tank Mount black
- Thunderbike Rear Axle Cover Set
- Thunderbike Front Axle Cover-Set black matte
- Thunderbike Axle Cover Swingarm left
Part 3 -Paint and Leather
Wheel, riser and exhaust assembly
Leather bench made by Spirit Leather
Another highlight of my rebuild was a visit to Jimi’s workshop Atelier Spirit Leather. Together with Jimi and his friends Kommando and Björn the graver I could witness the construction of my unique seat. From the first sketch to the newly formed foam plate that serves as the base for the saddle. The saddle is not only comfortable and the seat height a few centimeters lower, but also a real eye-catcher on my bike. The new technique of applying the FXLRST lettering to the saddle flank was developed in cooperation with Björn from BPD Design and Jimi and makes it immediately clear to the viewer that there is a lot going on here!
Chiko's Pinstriping Painting
Part 2 - Rims assembly and rocker boxes
Before the rims are powder coated, André roughens them up in the grinding shop so that the powder will adhere better. Then they are mounted by Patrick and the wheel hubs are turned by hand on the conventional lathe for each vehicle. This is important so that the belt and brake caliper can run freely on the wheel and not jam. He does this for almost all the wheels we make. Jens, also known as Felgenjens, is our wheel assembly expert and in this video he explains every step of assembling a finished powder coated wheel.
It took a while to finish the rims, but in the end they looked fantastic and I couldn’t wait to see them mounted on the chassis.
The next step was to replace the rocker boxes. Tim has a lot of experience in this area and helped me remove the old rocker boxes and install the new ones. The replacement is only visual, but as you can see in the photos, the step is clearly visible. We had to loosen some bolts and the upper oil line, and I followed Tim’s instructions exactly, but in the end we got it done. The new rocker boxes looked great and I was thrilled with the new look of the engine.
It was a long and tiring day, but it was fun to work together on my bike. I learned a lot from my buddies and was grateful for their help and support. At the end of the day, the finished rims looked fantastic and I couldn’t wait to get them on. The rocker conversion was a great success and I am proud to have done it with the help of my friends.
Part 1 - Disassembly
To tell the story from the beginning, you have to go back to Faak 2022, where there was a Twincam Low Rider S with FXR fairing in flame paint at the exhibition.
I couldn’t take my eyes off that bike, either at the show or in the photos I took of it later. Somehow I was infected by the club style bikes. Back in Germany the idea of another Harley matured, one that would be more reliable than my previous combination of a cool but rather unreliable 1973 FX Super Glide and a near-standard 2002 XL Sportster Custom.