Welcome to American Thunder Magazine – Australia.
What's it all about? A completely electronic magazine for enthusiasts of American Motorcycles. We aim to bring you detailed articles, including photo’s and video’s of everything involving American Motorcycles. We hope you return over the coming weeks and months and see what we’re up to.
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Crossy started riding dirt bikes at the age of 13, the first bike was a Zip Start Minibike then a YZ80E, XR75, CR125 and CR250. When he turned 16 and 9 months he bought his first road registered bike which was a 1978 Honda XL185s. Crossy has only had 5 road registered bikes in his life, a XL185s, CB900, VF1000F2, Shadow 1100 and his current bike 2005 Fatboy. In September 1989 Crossy founded the Sydney Motorcycle Inc. and was the first president, he served another 4 years as Vice President. He rode almost every ride for the first 6 years and then became less involved as time went on. In 2003 he was made the first and only Life Member of the club. In 1999 Crossy was asked by the Honda Riders Club of Australia to run the NSW Chapter of the club which he accepted and did so for ten years. He was ride leader on almost every ride while at HRCA only missing 5 because of other commitments. During the time he was running the club he won Clubman of the year and dealer chapter of the year at every HRCA Rally.
In 2003 Crossy started working on Performance Street Bike Magazine at Federal Publishing Company in Alexandria NSW. After 9 month as National Advertising Manager on Streetbike he transferred over to Live To Ride Magazine which he spent the next 11 years on. During the time he was working on Live To Ride he was Advertising and Business Manager, he also worked as a contributor through his business White Knights Photography with Editorial, Photography and Custom Motorcycle Features. In 2013 Crossy was asked by John from Elite Special Event Tours to be a Lead rider on the Las Vegas to Sturgis tour, of course Crossy accepted and has been leading the Sturgis rides ever since. In 2015 Nick Phillips, who is a long time Sturgis ride leader, asked Crossy if he wanted to start an on line magazine...
Nick got his license to ride at 16 years and 9 months (the earliest possible age) and has been riding ever since. Being older than Crossy means he's been riding longer. His first bike was a Honda CB 250 and quickly progressed to a Honda CB 750. Then an ex-racing bike from Mentor Motorcycles. They had it in the workshop and it was unregistered. He took one look at that Lime Green Kawasaki 900 and knew he had to have it. After a bit of work replacing the head light, blinkers etc. it passed rego first go. He loved that bike... but alas Marriage got in the way and it had to go. As his circumstances changed he went from a Sportster to a Buell Firebolt and finally an Electra Glide.
As for his professional life he started as a computer programmer and quickly began writing business applications to run a distribution warehouse involving the travel industry. During this time he came in contact with John Cruwys at Elite Special Event Tours. John was putting together a Sturgis Tour and needed an experienced rider to lead the group through America. Nick's hand was up for that job and has been involved with the motorcycle tours since the beginning.
Nick's experience with computers also involved website maintenance, design & graphics for the distribution company so it's wasn't a huge step into video for the new magazine. So when he met Crossy and found out about his past with Live To Ride it made sense that the two skill sets could produce something great.
And there you have it - "American Thunder Magazine Australia"
Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show 2018 Crossy Peter and Nick check out the Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show. Amazing custom bikes and pretty girls for us to photograph on the bikes. Also some great news. Pugs the editor of Live to Ride Magazine is now the owner of the magazine. After 25 years working for the magazine, […]
Installing a WHIM on a Harley Electra Glide Crossy, Peter and I (Nick) install WHIM’s onto 2 Harley Electra Glides. A WHIM is a Wireless Headset Interface Module. What it does is allow Bluetooth connectivity to the Harley/Sena Helmet Headsets. This way you can use the CB radio, the Boom Box, and also your phone. […]
C&R Engineering-Your HD Specialists Crossy and Nick take time to visit Chris & Yas Gallagher at C&R Engineering in Revesby. Chris has spent much of his life working on bikes and Harley Davidson is his passion. A quick chat with Chris will immediately give you a sense of his immense capability on everything from general […]
Milwaukee 8 night at Frasers Motorcycles We decided to host an event to showcase Harley-Davidson’s brand-new member to the family, the Milwaukee-Eight and in particular the Softails. We invited a few of our closest friends to come in and touch, smell, hear and experience what the Milwaukee-Eight is all about, whilst indulging in some food […]
Rhino Leather Crossy and Nick visited Rhino Leather in Rydalmere (Sydney) for a peek at what they have available. It’s a huge range of Jackets, Vests, Pants, Gloves and anything leather dealing with bikers. Watch the below video and visit their site for more details. Website: www.rhinoleather.com.au Facebook Comments
Sydney Motorcycle Show 2017 Crossy an I (Nick) visit the Sydney Motorcycle show cameras in hand and eager to soak up all the mechanical goodness. The Harley stand was HUGE with lots of models on display and happy people sitting on their choice of bikes. Cross-sections of engines, video displays and lots of accessories available […]
Arlen Ness ″Method″ Clear Series Air Cleaner Clear Polycarbonate Window- The clear polycarbonate window allows you to view the inner workings of your throttle body and provides a clean look to the heart of your engine Performance Air Filter- Performance filters constructed from black pre-oiled cotton for the best in filtration and maximum airflow. These […]
Silverwater Motor Festival 2017 Crossy, Nicole and I (Nick) visit the Silverwater Motor Festival 2017. Sadly, this was the last time we had the chance to talk to Greg Hirst before his untimely passing. Wherever you are Greg, you are sadly missed. He was a true gentleman biker. Silverwater 2017 did not disappoint. Lots of […]
2000 Deuce by Luca Manni Websites: www.facebook.com/luca.manni www.instagram.com/deuce2000 https://it.pinterest.com/deuce2000/ YouTube Channel Special thanks to Marco Marroni for his professional photo’s. Story: My name is Manni Luca and I’m 48 yo. I live in Grosseto, Tuscany Italy. I have been a motorcycle enthusiast since childhood, I managed after years of savings to buy the bike of […]
Cruise-Mate Motorcycle cruise assist Some parts don’t fall in the category of sexy after-market accessories but are still very much sought after by many bikers to improve their riding experience. Example, the Cruise Mate, a lever operated throttle/cruise assist invented by Thomas Lane in his garage a few years ago. First, let me mention that […]
BANDIT BARS BANDIT BARS – THE LEADER IN 1.5″ HANDLEBARS FOR HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MOTORCYCLES INDUSTRY LEADING QUALITY Bandit Bars are manufactured in California to the highest of quality standards. Our bars are finished in impeccable show chrome or gloss black powder coat. Our risers are made using high strength alloy and are built to last. We strive to provide […]
Photo shoot by Rick Benson Rick Benson contributed this photo shoot of a Big Bear – Venom Chopper in Darwin. Owner Details Item Details Name: Jai Prolongcau City: Darwin Our model Our model: Suzi van Engelenhoven Make & Model Item Details Make: Big Bear Model: Venom – Chopper Bike Work Info Item Details Year Purchased: […]
Sturgis re-union ride to Narooma 2017Crossy recently organised a Sturgis re-union ride to Narooma. We rode from Sydney down the coast road via Berry to Narooma. We also visited Tilba Tilba. A fabulous little town near Narooma. We stayed overnight at the Big4 Holiday Park and returned the following day. It was a fabulous weekend… […]
Crossy test rides the Milwaukee Eight Electra Glide 2017 Crossy rode the Milwaukee Eight on our recent Narooma ride. Enjoy the video Ads American Icon Motorcycles Ads, All, Editorials, Featured, Videos American Icon Motorcycles C&R Engineering- Your HD Specialists Ads, All, Editorials, Featured, Videos C&R Engineering- Your HD Specialists Rhino Leather Ads, Editorials, Featured, Videos […]
Crossy interviews Greg Hirst in Sturgis Greg Hirst is the producer for “Temporary Australians” the well known TV series. Check out the video for details… Video: Other posts Click for Sturgis Articles Click for Photo Shoots Click for Events Click for all Featured Articles Click for Music Scene Click for all Advertisements Other videos American […]
Having patches sewn on at CC Leather RiderPlease enjoy the video below and if ever you need Leather, patches, shirts, gloves etc. Contact Frankie at: www.cc-leather-rider.com.au Video: Ads American Icon Motorcycles Ads, All, Editorials, Featured, Videos American Icon Motorcycles C&R Engineering- Your HD Specialists Ads, All, Editorials, Featured, Videos C&R Engineering- Your HD Specialists Rhino Leather […]
Xya Grant – Hair and Makeup Xya Grant is a full time freelance artist with over 10 years industry experience. Having worked for various makeup companies, she now specialises in bridal hair and makeup. Her career started in 2006 where she obtained her makeup certificate from Cameron Jane College, Surry Hills. From there she worked […]
CC Leather Rider Specials for February-MarchFrankie from CC Leather Rider explains the specials for February and March. His store has a comprehensive range of motorcycle apparel including patches. He will also do all the sewing in house. Please see the below video for details. Video: Their website: www.cc-leather-rider.com.au American Icon Motorcycles Ads, All, Editorials, Featured, […]
CC Leather Rider-Premium Quality USA Style Vest Men’s Premium Quality USA style leather vest with Hidden snaps Stand up collar Premium Buffalo Leather1.3 – 1.5mm Solid back panel for club patches 2 inside Leather lined gun pockets 2 front slash pockets 2 outside chest pockets with snap closure Sizes S – 8XL Please Note! These […]
Bombala Bike Show 2016The Bombala bike show was held on the 19th of November 2016, at the Bombala Showground, in Bombala NSW. Brett and I were tasked with setting up a stand for (our friends) Elite Special Event Tours and also for American Thunder Magazine Australia. This was all the excuse we needed for a […]
Remembrance Ride HONOURING FALLEN RIDERS ACROSS AUSTRALIA Meet: Frasers Concord Parramatta Rd When: 4pm Sunday 11th September, 2016 To: Brotherhood CMC Clubhouse for a brief remembrance service followed by a sausage sizzle open house For further info, or to leave a name for the memorial list Call 02 9635 0761 Facebook Comments
ALL-NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON MILWAUKEE-EIGHT ENGINE POWERS REIMAGINED TOURING MOTORCYCLE EXPERIENCE Newest Harley Big Twin Delivers More Performance and Comfort Crossy and Bookem visited Milwaukee and spoke to Bill Davidson at The Harley-Davidson Museum. All I can say is “boy does he know how to keep a secret”. Two days later Harley-Davidson release news of their latest […]
Photo Shoot with Lexie Crossy, Nick, Jamie, Xya and Katelyn visit South Coast Customs with our model Lexie to do this photoshoot. The bike is a 100th Anniversary Heritage Softail with plenty of ‘bling’. The bike belongs to George the owner of South Coast Customs in Caringbah. This is a ‘daily ride’ bike and handles […]
Silverwater Motor Festival 2016 Crossy and Nick manned a stand for our friends at Elite Special Event Tours at the annual Silverwater Motor Festival 2016. Elite Special Event Tours do a series of Motorcycle tours to the USA including Sturgis and Daytona Bikeweek. For those wanting to travel on a motorcycle, this is how you […]
Harry’s Bike Night On Friday 6th May we had the opportunity to meet up with some like minded people (biker types). It was open to all bike persuasions and owners of American, British, Japanese and Continental bikes. We all met up at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels on Church Street, Parramatta, to consume some of Harry’s […]
Sturgis reunion ride Crossy organised this ride for all the participants of the Elite Special Event Tours’ Sturgis motorcycle tours. It was open to all riders from all past Sturgis tours as well. The day started with the forecast saying 70% chance of rain. However towards noon it would change to 5%. We thought we’d […]
422 SERIES SHOCKS Our suspension system for the venerable Softail style chassis is exclusively available as an adjustable ride height version. Progressive Suspension was the first to introduce aftermarket shocks for the most popular frame design ever produced and we continue to refine our work. Two inches of ride height adjustment as well as adjustable […]
Hawg Halters Inc. Triple Trees HHI Fatboy style raked triple tree kits works on all Fatboy, Heritage, Deluxe, and Slim models. They are designed to accept the original tin covers and headlight or full Nacelle so you can maintain the stock look while increasing fork rake and overall wheelbase. Kits are available in both 4 […]
2016 Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show-Photoshoot Crossy and Nick visit the Annual Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show. This year was another great turnout of Custom Bikes. So many really great bikes and not to mention The Hard-n-Fast Girls too. It was great to meet up with friends in the biking world, some we haven’t seen in years. […]
Photo Shoot with Ashleigh It is with great pleasure and pain that we bring you this (our second) photo shoot. I’m sure you can understand the pleasure part but why the pain? Because we had an equipment malfunction. And Crossy and myself decided to see if we could fix it. Big mistake. We both shocked […]
Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show 2016 On Good Friday, March 25th… The Bankstown Custom Motorcycle Show is ON! Last year it was a blast and this year should be no different. The have: Trials Riders Midnight Ramblers Band Team Havoc Reptile Show Bankstown MCC Flat Track FTP Stunts – Matt Mingay Burnout Competition – $500 BE […]
Wiley X SunglassesChanging lanes, turning heads. Wiley X provides stylish and practical sunglasses for motorcycle riders. Crossy has been using them for years and takes them to Sturgis each year. They are available for prescription lenses and also offer light adjusting transition lenses as well. Crossy wouldn’t leave home without them. Video: Link: Website: www.wileyx.com.au […]
CC Leather Riders 7th Anniversary Show-n-Shine We recently had the opportunity to visit CC Leather Rider in Lake Munmorah NSW during their annual Show-n-Shine. It’s the first on the show calendar each year and an event not to be missed. Below are a few video’s and lots of pictures of the event. The important links […]