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Old 12-31-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Ratbike anyone? Let's see your pics...

I have recently discovered the wonderful world of Ratbikes. Does anybody here have a ratbike they'd like to show off?
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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I like 'em, too. Check this thread out: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...hlight=ratbike
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for pointing that out - I did a search but for some reason did not find that...

LOVE those bikes. Wonder what my Pacific Coast would look like in Satin-black or Army green... heh heh heh
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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Oh, you want PC ratbike? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265019

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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Seen it - Vermin's bike is my favorite PC
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:43 AM   #6
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Here's Vermin's bike as seen on RatBikeZone:
http://www.ratbike.org/pages/800pacificcoast.htm

And here's its predecessor:
http://www.ratbike.org/michigan.php

Love the floorboards.
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:36 AM   #7
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There is something more personal about ratbikes. An artistic statement that can't be expressed with chrome. Sure, shiny clean motorcycles are a thing of beauty, but there is something about the honesty of a ratbike that is magnetic. Just looking at them makes you want to go build one.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:49 PM   #8
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How does one go about building a rat bike?

I thought you just have a bike that you own and ride. Quite possibly you don't really lavish an over abundance of special attention to it, you just ride it. Over time you decide you need to change something, so you do. Later on something wears out and you replace it with what you have handy. Somewhere down the road another thing breaks and you fix it, also with what you have kicking around.

Time passes and eventually, after years of riding, adding, fixing and replacing you find yourself riding a rat bike.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:27 PM   #9
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Time passes and eventually, after years of riding, adding, fixing and replacing you find yourself riding a rat bike.
There's more than one path to Ratdom.

Some people like to cut out the middleman and go straight for "the look."

Maybe not earned in a romantic sense, but still a Rat, nonetheless.

Personally, I feel Rathood should be gradually acquired over the miles, but I

tend to have old fashioned ideas.

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Old 01-01-2009, 05:40 PM   #10
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advrider zagger's sweet bike.


Most people can't figure out what it started out life as.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:00 PM   #11
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Mine is still mutating;



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Old 01-01-2009, 06:34 PM   #12
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When converting a Sporty to an XR, I went Rat...

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Old 01-02-2009, 10:35 AM   #13
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I'll guess that Zagger's bike was a V-Max at one time.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:49 AM   #14
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Yo advtek

Welcome to the world of rats.
Have you been to:
www.urbanxtremebikes.com
www.rataplan-ratbikeclub.nl

These (and the original RBZ) are my favorites but you'll find a few more European ones if you dig through the links in the ones above.

Also try searching for ratbike videos on YouTube, there's quite a few good ones on there.


So, have you ratted your ride yet? Any photos for us?

Here's mine, my first rat- a Honda CBX750:


And 'Ulyrat' my current ride, somewhat of a 'Junk dresser' but also fully kitted out for touring in comfort with plenty of practical farkles:




Anything that gets more ratbikes on ADVrider is good by me, it's been a while since much ratbike action went on here so maybe your post will bring some more rats out of their nests.

(There's a small rat weekend camping event in England coming up in February and the premier ratbike rally happens in May (also in England) so keep your eyes on the discussion forum of RBZ for photos of the shennanigins and general ratty goings on.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:05 PM   #15
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So, have you ratted your ride yet? Any photos for us?
I have a PC800 that I am considering. The paint is not too bad, so I may leave it alone and see if I can find an old bike in someone's garage to make into a Rat project. I am tempted to paint the PC800 Satin-Black though. It would certainly be unique.
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