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I am not sure what they are called anymore, but, when I was young, in the 70s & 80s, quite a few people that my father knew, rode rat bikes-bikes that, for lack of a better term, were worked on in their own homes, from parts either fabbed, or repurposed, for whatever they needed to replace.
I know that the whole "post apocalyptic" bike movement got somewhat famous after the latest mad max movie, but, I still like that style. Not the completely ragged out look of the bikes in the movie, but the more everyday style of rat bikes.
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here has done that as a project on their bikes? I am seriously considering this for my bike. I have been looking for a larger tank for a few weeks now, and came across a dented one on fleabay, which got me thinking about them again. Which led to searches, which led me down a rabbit hole.
Which then, ultimately, led me to this post. What I am wondering is, does anyone have that style done with their roadster? I am looking for different paint jobs, ideas, etc. I am looking to paint my tins over the winter, and am looking for some inspiration.
If you have pics of your rides, or suggestions, please post them here! Thanks!
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Member lostNdallas has one you might like. He made it very distinctive and very much his own.
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Not a rat fan here. Grinding the chrome off isn't my style.
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Not a rat fan here. Grinding the chrome off isn't my style.
Thats going a little TOO far for me. I am primarily looking at paint & design ideas. Considering modding headlights, will be mounting a new tank, etc.
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I don't rally think a RAT is made, it kind of happens over a period of years. Lots of miles, and use/abuse. Yeah, it can be 'made' a rat in your garage over the winter, but then its not honest wear.

But a real one has many miles and years of use in it. (just to repeat)

I feel pretty strong about it, same way about "road worn" guitars, or distressed leather amongst many fake , manufactured looks.
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I don't rally think a RAT is made, it kind of happens over a period of years. Lots of miles, and use/abuse. Yeah, it can be 'made' a rat in your garage over the winter, but then its not honest wear.

But a real one has many miles and years of use in it. (just to repeat)

I feel pretty strong about it, same way about "road worn" guitars, or distressed leather amongst many fake , manufactured looks.
Agreed. Mine is an 07, with almost 30k miles on it. Its never been garaged, it has sheltered from the winter in a shed at least 2 years. Other than that, it was stored under a carport for the winter. I am just looking to see other riders' examples, if they have them here. The new, bigger tank I am putting on next week, kind of kicked it off. A couple dents, scratched paint-kind f brings the bike in a different direction, asthetically. I plan on running with the idea, but want to repaint my tins, to give it a different look altogether.
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Mine is not a rat bike in the truest sense, but it does have that latest Mad Max look, being unpainted. I thought it would have fit right in, especially being built from weapon parts.

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My younger brother assembled one out of spare parts laying around in his home.

Here it is



Building something from less runs in the family.

It is not a dirty city sewer rat, per se. More of a clean dusty country rat.
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Thanks all. Roky, thats kind of what I am looking at...
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