Let’s take a journey into the world of Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod, a bike that made waves for an impressive 16-year run before bowing out in 2017. But guess what? These beauties are still making appearances everywhere, often in a customized form. You see, V-Rods are Harleys through and through, and that means they’re ripe for personalization.
Now, the one we’re about to explore belongs to a fellow from the UK, and let me tell you, it’s no longer your typical V-Rod. It’s undergone a remarkable transformation courtesy of the skilled hands at the German custom shop, Thunderbike. While it retains the unmistakable V-Rod aesthetics, it’s become something more, something they affectionately call “Fat Mary.”
The concept behind Fat Mary was to make it bold – blood-red, deep, and wide. Upfront, you’re greeted by a colossal 97 cm (that’s 38 inches!) wide flyer bar, giving it an imposing presence. And if you look further down, you’ll spot a forward-mounted footpeg system that adds to the rider’s comfort and control.
As you move toward the rear, you’ll discover a flat seat that not only looks sleek but also ensures comfort on long rides. The swingarm conversion and a custom pulley system are other standout features that enhance the bike’s performance and style.
Let’s not forget the dazzling chrome accents that adorn this beauty, particularly on those wheels. The rear wheel, in particular, is a standout piece from Thunderbike’s Spectacula range – a true spectacle on its own. In fact, that rear Spectacula wheel alone is worth over $2,000.
But the customization doesn’t stop there. This Fat Mary boasts an air ride suspension, a new rear fender, a fiberglass custom tank cover, and several other thoughtful touches that make it a true masterpiece.
Now, let’s talk numbers. Bringing Fat Mary to life required an investment of over 8,300 euros, which translates to about $10,000 in today’s exchange rates. And trust me, every penny was well spent.
In the world of motorcycles, this V-Rod turned Fat Mary is like a work of art on wheels. It’s not just a bike; it’s a statement of individuality, craftsmanship, and passion. So, if you’re in search of a ride that’s as unique as your own personality, Fat Mary is a testament to what’s possible when you blend Harley-Davidson heritage with the artistry of Thunderbike.