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Resident Shit Talker !
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Getting ready to put all the finishing touches on Ruby, and I'm thinking RAT all the way...

Looking for some opinions and suggestions, ran across this pic and just had to show it off..





Although I would never go that ratty, I loved the tank..

Anywho, I was thinking something along these lines (It's a Virago BTW)




I know that's a bad word and all but I have had some fun with the ugly bitches, what I'm getting to, I'm looking for some ideas, here is how she stands now..








The rear fender is getting cut into a point, and the wiring ofcorse will be tucked away, but I have been thinking an old tarnished copper color, or a pewter look.. Not even going to straighten the dents surrounding the dish down the center of the tank.


What do you guys think ?

Ideas ?

Suggestions ?
 

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From my perspective Rat's come in all shapes and sizes, from (like yours) choppers, to (like mine) trackers. The best way to build a rat is without a plan. Just let the bike take you there while your building it.

If you drop a wrench and it dents the tank, no worries, some over spray on the wheels or brakes, no worries, it's a rat. Basically, just put the parts on it that you want and let the rest fall into place, color is pretty much the only thing that takes decision after the parts are fitted and the bike is taking the intended shape that your mind see's.

Let your mind wander, there is no do or don't for building a rat bike, just fit what you got for parts to it, clean and lube whatever needs it, and go for broke riding it.


-Rat
 

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honestly?

find a rear fender that matches the width and radius of the tire

find or modify your tank to loose the scallop.

those bars (upper broom stick) can be cool but im thinking forward facing low Z bars


edit:

wtf are those bars down low???
 

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Resident Shit Talker !
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I'm grabbing a set of z bars today hopefully, the lower set are the stock bars. What's wrong with the fender though ? It fits in the frame rails perfectly, and once its cut, it should look cool as hell. I opted for the gap in the front as opposed to a large gap on top of the tire itself. But I still think it looks good.. And why don't you like the tank ? It's one of my favorite things about the bike, it just flows so nicely. Just looking for an explanation, not that I think you are wrong.

Rat... I have to agree with you, but I don't want a bike that looks like the first one, thrown together and whatnot, I like the look of a nice, complete bike with an old ratty spin on it. I am nowhere close to being a money biker, but I like what I like..
 

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Fast ZX-12R
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I think it looks good. Just the right amount of rattyness ( if thats a word ) to it. I agree with Ali about the fender though.
 

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You guys think a sporty tank would look better ? It leaves HUGE gaps everywhere, but you think thats what It needs ?
 

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I think, as it usually goes, there are many directions you could go at this point.

Couple thoughts;

1) I try to curve the end of the fender to match the curve of the rear tire first. Might help visually match the two.

2) It looks like the tank has a dished channel? If so, try to get the seat to roll up onto it, then you can match the seams on the seat to the ridges on the tank. Maybe pinstripe down the ridges and then color match stitching onto seat.

3) If you're gonna go rat ignore all of our input and just strap what ever you have kicking around to make it road legal.

I think it could be a decent bobber. Not rat but weathered. That way all the chrome bits aren't so out of place :) But ya, I personally like the idea of the tank. Hard to tell from the angles in the photos but I think it could really make for a cool touch.

Bob
 

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Dear lord, that hardtail scares the shit out of me.

Some people should just avoid bikes.

And if that's yours, please, for the love of christ, weld that shit at least if it isn't already.

(Sweet look overall though. Very mad max)
 

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c'mon MPLS...read the posts! he said he came across this pic.....but yeh that hardtailing looks pretty shit. at the worst i hope its a thick piece of plate. at the best i hope its a piece of angle. scary. love the hammer though hahaha
 

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Lol, I love that there Is but a clip holding it on too... dude is rocking a saw blade for a seat too.

That fender is getting chopped as soon as I get home (if that ever fuckin happens) more pics coming soon.
 

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You want rat bikes?

Seen this one in person just the once, fairly new member scooby is pretty good mates with the guy who owns this one

ZX10







Andddd

I can never remember wtf this started life as..

but i see this guy all the time and talk to him quite a bit...





 

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You want rat bikes?

Seen this one in person just the once, fairly new member scooby is pretty good mates with the guy who owns this one


Andddd

I can never remember wtf this started life as..

but i see this guy all the time and talk to him quite a bit...







The first 3 bikes just went a bit too far for me personally Stripped down raT can look good that piled on crap just WHY???

the motor looks like bandit or GSXR from what i can see but iam no expert wtf id that hanging off the handlebars??? looks like a muffler

the skulls theme is a bit neat but still a little overboard for me...
 

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that looks like a early nineties GSXR 1100, got the square frame and Rad to make it a W motor, Have to see the top frame rail to tell what year though. Rat is a style that embodies utilitarian usage, they look ratty cause they're riden constantly, and the only maintanence done is what needs to be done. Alot of folks dress'em up with bondo sculptures and alot of ornamentation, to me thats no different than a harley with all the bolt on chrome goodies. K.I.S.S (hopefully you know what it means) get it set to what you like and let nature's patina rat it up for you. Personally I'd take a scotch brite pad to all the chrome for a brushed look.
 
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