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Timo and his Street Bob

Where to start, where to go?


It’s been 2 years since Timo bought his Street Bob and it was immediately clear to him that it should not remain original. As a Hamminkelner he knows of course Thunderbike and the Roadhouse. Here he was already with his Forty-Eight on the road and has seen the converted bikes stroll. In which direction it should now go with his Softail, whether chopper, bobber or something in between, this question he wanted to clarify best on the spot.

So off to Thunderbike and just look around. First we had to get another exhaust system and a side license plate. And then? How to go on? Before you tinker with your bike, it can’t hurt to talk to the pros and just go through the different options. So Timo made an appointment with our sales consultant Julian between two Corona lockdowns.

It’s quite clear that Timo is basically happy with his Street Bob. With the Milwaukee-Eight 107, he has a powerful engine and of course the dimensions of this model fit better than his Forty-Eight.  But he is missing that certain something.

The first question, “What’s hot right now?” can be answered quickly with a look at the Thunderbike website. A wide and short rear end, plus a chic seat and high handlebars – that’s already a lot to gain. However, so that his Street Bob does not look like many others, a few specials should be added.

Initial discussion about the conversion of the 2019er Street Bob


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The first parts are here! Our workshop manager Alex goes through everything again with Timo. The rear end is still in its raw state, as is the wide rear wheel rim. With a little imagination, you can already imagine the direction it will take.

Timo smiles with satisfaction as he tries out the new handlebars. The Ape fits well! Should the still naked fender get the same paint job as the tank and should the design be repeated on it? How will an exhaust band look on the bike? And what about a sissy bar? These and other details can be changed at this stage of the conversion.

The conversion starts


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As soon as the parts have been delivered or manufactured by us, the Street Bob goes on the lifting platform and the conversion begins. The fenders are at the painter, the presentation at the TÜV is prepared and the last details are discussed.

A sissy bar is omitted, it does not fit so well to this rear conversion. The last thing to go is an exhaust wrap on the pipes, whose golden shine (color titanium) fits well with the color scheme of the paint.

As planned, Timo can do his roll-out about 6 weeks after the initial meeting. We accompany him with the camera and keep the rebuild in a feature including video and tech facts for you. Stay tunded!

Do you have any questions? Our consultants will be happy to show you the possibilities of what you can do with your bike. Or take a look at our custom bike gallery


Next step: Timo’s Street Bob gets a heat protection band.

Our master Tim explains to Timo how the tape is wound and shows him the color variations. Black doesn’t stand out as much and looks almost exactly like the black sheets that are installed ex works. So they decide on the titanium color, whose golden sheen goes well with the paint color scheme.

The final details are fitted, such as the toppers at the ends of the grips. Tomorrow Timo wants to pick up his bike right away on his own, so the last seat test is done today. Now would still be a good opportunity to adjust the handlebars.

Timo is beaming during his seat check. The height and position of his new handlebar are just as he imagined.

Final fit test


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Contact our Team!


Nico Schnepel

Customparts, Dealer Support

0049 2852 - 6777-33


Roman Reiners

Customparts, Dealer Support

0049 2852 - 6777-31


Julian Wolter

Sales, Financing, Rental, Custombikes

0049 2852 - 6777-41


Thomas Emky

Custombikes Service Workshop

0049 2852 - 6777-56

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