Thunder in the Mountain | 2008 H-D Street Glide - Baggers Magazine
At the age of 15 Pete LeClair’s first bike was a small Honda dirt bike, followed by Honda street bikes. Pete had wanted to build a custom Bagger for many years now. Like many, he took a couple of decades off from bike riding while going to college and building a profession. In 1998 he was back in the saddle with a new Dyna Glide. He spent almost all of his free time customizing the Dyna until he had done just about everything he could. Five Harleys later he is still customizing his rides.
About five years back when Harley-Davidson introduced the Street Glide, Pete knew that bike was the platform for his next complete custom build. Pete scored the bike in the spring of ’08 and his instructions to Thunder Mountain H-D, out of Loveland, Colorado, were to build a motor that the dealership had never built before. The bike went from a stock 88 ci to a stout 113 before it ever left the dealership. The fresh motor was done by mid-summer with some break-in miles. By August, Pete was off to ride to Sturgis and the Black Hills Classic.
While in South Dakota he purchased many of the new components for the upcoming build, including an RC Components 21-inch Savage front wheel and 18 rear sporting a 200mm Avon skin. Pete wanted Dakota Digital gauges to fill the Batwing fairing, while sheetmetal that included a Klock Works front fender, an Arlen Ness Bagger Tail, taillight with license mount, and a set of Arlen’s stretched saddlebags as well. Pete likes his music loud so he bought an SAS Bazooka 500-watt amp powering J&M; performance speakers. “I picked out most of the other accessories while in Sturgis and ordered them upon my return to Colorado,” says Pete.
As soon as he got back, Thunder Mountain disassembled the bike and all the sheetmetal was subsequently delivered to Mike Learn Airbrush for custom painting. Mike and Peter developed the paint scheme together with a bright orange overall look and added lots of skulls, dragons, and flames to create a radical paintjob. It looks as though Mike accomplished his mission.
While Mike was working his magic, it was time for more horsepower. This was accomplished by having the heads ported and polished by Mountain Performance, changing to a 58mm throttle body and adding larger fuel injectors. While disassembled, a small issue was discovered with the 113 pistons that required replacement, boring the cylinders 0.10 over and filling them with new slugs. All the motor work was completed just before the paint was finished so final assembly could begin. During this process a wide-tire kit was added along with an air ride suspension. All work was completed in late January 2009, just in time for the Colorado Bike Show in Denver where the bike was widely admired.
A few weeks later, when the weather cooperated, Pete was all smiles as he thundered in on the custom bagger of his dreams for this photoshoot. Things were going great—the sun was shining and the birds a’chirpin’—when just after finishing the right-side photos, the unimaginable happed. A 50-mph wind gust blew the bike over. Pete being the calmest man we’ve ever known said, “Sh@t Happens. I can still be in the magazine, right?” The only fortunate part for us that day was the side it fell on was photographed first. We finished the photoshoot and immediately rolled the bike into the shop to begin the repair process. All of the right-side sheetmetal, fairing, and engine guard, were replaced and restored to show condition. Before Pete got back in the saddle again, he had a new custom seat done by Dan Ballard from Bitchn Stitchn and the Street Glide rode again.** B**
|### Spec Sheet|
|Shop||Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson|
|Shop Phone||(970) 292-0400|
|Build Time||Five Months|
|Pistons||Screamin’ Eagle (Se)|
|Cylinders||Se, Diamond Heads|
|Heads||Se, Diamond Heads|
|Throttle Body||Se 58mm|
|Air Cleaner||H-D Big Sucker|
|Efi Controller||SE Race Tuner|
|Shocks||Arnott Air Ride|
|Wheels, Tires, And Brakes|
|Builder/Size RC Components Savage /21-Inch|
|Rotors RC Components|
|Builder/Size||RC Components Savage/18-Inch|
|Colors||Sem Color Horizons, Orange Pearl|
|Painter||Mike Learn Airbrush|
|Graphics||Mike Learn Airbrush|
|Molding||Mike Learn Airbrush|
|Front Fender||Klock Werks|
|Rear Fender||Ness Bagger Tail|
|Floorboards||Cyclesmiths Banana Boards|
|Front Turn Signals||Custom Led By Turbo|
|Rear Turn||Signals Ness|
|Stereo||H-D, With XM|
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