Rat Bikes

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by MoonHog, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. MoonHog

    MoonHog Member

    I thought I would start a thread for people to talk about Rat Bike creations.

    A Rat bike is basically a bike that is functionally sound, but looks like a piece of junk, and made up of junk parts, taped up with things like duct tape, and muffler tape. Something no-one would want to steal (or would know how to steal).

    Usually college kids will rat up their good bikes to keep people from wanting to steal it. If you see a bike all wrapped up in rubber tubing, chances are that it is a really nice bike underneath.

    I bought a *piece* off of Craigslist for 20 bucks. Its a Huffy Stalker. It was a girl bike, but I cut the top tube, and welded it where it would be on a man's bike (clearance for the new engine as well). I ground all of the paint off, and I'm going to let it rust outside for a little while, then hit it with a little olive drab paint maybe. Maybe stick an ammo can on the back, that holds my fuel supply, big ugly lights, etc..

    I'll post pictures of the project here as I go.

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2008

  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    my MB is not YET to this point

    although that mountain dirt is getting pretty thick !!!

    will keep you posted -- as we -- ride that thing
  3. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    if you want to see a rat bike, checkout-the funest bike.
  4. Accender

    Accender Member

    I always keep my gold under a pile of rust.
    Good thread!

  5. MoonHog

    MoonHog Member

    Do you have a link to the 'funest bike'?

    Here is some pictures of the rat bike.

    Rat Bike
  6. terrence

    terrence Member

  7. sean138

    sean138 New Member

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  8. MoonHog

    MoonHog Member

    Nice. I like the tires. They remind me of bologna. :grin:
  9. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    1st place rat bike winner....

    The guy on the forum here who strapped the handtruck with engine to the back of his bike!

    Looking for a link to the picture, think he was znsanerider maybe??
  10. MoonHog

    MoonHog Member

    That's more of a 'Rat Trailer'. :)

    My wife just called and told me my 80CC just arrived from flea-bay. Monday...the engine goes on.
  11. unraw

    unraw Member

    I wasnt going for a rat bike, but I guess it turned out to be a pretty good one!
  12. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Thieves will steal anything they can get away with. Better to be safe than sorry and be prepared.

    My trailer looked pretty ghetto, and the poopoos thought I was stealing my own trailer. Now it's blue & black with a cargo rack, mesh behind the engine to hide it from rear view, lights everywhere, and have had few issues.

    I always look around, I WOULD NOT want my only ride stolen! :ee2k:
  13. seca40

    seca40 New Member

    I guess this is a Rat. Not for long though. I'm gonna paint it.

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  14. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    Tank Source?

    What is the source of the Tank you are using? It looks really nice.

  15. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

  16. seca40

    seca40 New Member

  17. Old Bob

    Old Bob Member

    Rat Bike look sounds interesting to me.
  18. mikem

    mikem Member

    I Don't Smell a Rat.?

    I like the Rat Bike concept but, looking over the bike photos on this thread, I have to say they all look GOOD. I like'em all! I'd buy a good lock and chain if they were mine guys.

    PS ... I've always thought a "ratty" looking cover of some kind would help prevent theft. Anyone tried this?
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