Chicano is a part of this category. Chicano’s style is a low-riding two wheeler (something most people can live with), but it also features flamboyant body parts, and in-your face colors that are difficult to digest.
The term is also used for a Mexican identity. This is why this particular bike is often associated with them. It may be surprising to see one arrive at a garage in Germany.
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Well, not quite, given how we’ve seen Chicano builds made there before. A shop called Thunderbike is responsible for making them, and we’ve already talked in the past about custom rides like the El Divino, El Dorado, or La Esmeralda.
Back in October 2021, Thunderbike came out with another such machine, the El Magico we’re here to talk about today. Initially a Softail Heritage, it got converted into a beautifully-styled beast on two wheels, wrapped in the large body parts with flowing lines, like we’re used to seeing on such machines.
The Heritage conversion rides on large, multi-spoke wheels (20, to be exact) measuring 23 inches at each end and 21 inches at each end. You don’t see all of them, as their upper sides are almost completely covered in very large fenders, pieces that help the motorcycle present its distinctive look.
Very long exhaust pipes (there’s one on each side), that extend well beyond the tip of the rear fender and ends in a fish tail, further enhance the extreme styling of the ride, as does the color chosen for the body, a kind of copper-ish maroon that almost looks like wood, but was achieved by blending red, orange and even silver.
The ride’s engine was not modified, but other mechanical components were. The Heritage now rides on an air ride suspension system. It features a new swingarm & pulley and an ignition coil relocate kit.
In all, Thunderbike slapped almost 40 bits of custom parts on this thing, and you know what that means: it doesn’t come cheap.
The list of extras, which includes the base motorcycle, the paint job and the hours spent modifying it, is not included. here) comes in at close to 13,000 euros, which is close to $15,000 at today’s exchange rates.