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It is beyond me why folks would build a bike that looks like a piece of shit.

Rats were invented by bored street rodders in the 90s. No machine would be allowed on the road looking like this back in the day.
If everyone built bikes to your specifications it would be a very boring world. Conformity sucks!
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It is beyond me why folks would build a bike that looks like a piece of shit.

Rats were invented by bored street rodders in the 90s. No machine would be allowed on the road looking like this back in the day.
Kudos to you for your opinion! Rat is just a word used to say made from parts from wrecks, or made to look old with a bit of character. I agree some look not so good. But some are fricken works of art. And I bet those street rodders had a lotta fun.

A rat is making something from a whole lot of nothing. Bits and pieces. I dont mean ordering shiny new stuff off a shelf and assembling it, thats different. Its finding something you like and making it fit, making it work, building stuff yourself with what you have. The skill is in making it look good, hot rod, and yea making it safe and functional.
My bike is a rat coz its made from parts salvaged from wrecks, and the new stuff Im trying to make look old.

Why do guys customise their bikes? Why change from the origional factory design in the first place?

As for being road worthy, if/when I finally get this thing finished Ill race you anyday!

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Because they want it to be their own. Not a cookie cutter. Rat it on, my friend!
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I so dig this!! It's turning out much better than expected. It's usually easy to tell when a bike is intentionally rusted or has an artificial patina, but so far, you're doing a decent job at it. Loving it so far, man!!
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Thanks fellas. Ill sand back the top layers a bit more when the bike gets closer to being done so ya can see a bit more of the effect underneath, Im using 1200 and 2400 grit sandpaper, Im not gonna clear coat it. And put some of the BC Ali black on the rivets. That Ali black stuff is some pretty toxic shit.
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It is beyond me why folks would build a bike that looks like a piece of shit.

Rats were invented by bored street rodders in the 90s. No machine would be allowed on the road looking like this back in the day.
Hmmmm? That's interesting to say the least. Coming from a person with a 2008 xl in their profile corner.

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so did mine. JB weld to the rescue. I just had her off to put on the new spedo/tach and it's holding up well
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It is beyond me why folks would build a bike that looks like a piece of shit.

Rats were invented by bored street rodders in the 90s. No machine would be allowed on the road looking like this back in the day.
idk...when i think of rat rods i think of things like this i used to see back in the late 70's and 80's as a kid. .... have a beer on me


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I call it rat coz its made from wrecks, and I like rust and ageing. There is 10 different makes of bikes in it and god knows how many models. The swingarm is gonna be cut down.
What else would you call it?







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