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1969 Harley Rat Bobber

Posted on September 22, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Rat. 30 comments

To open, I have a frank and shocking admission to make. I don’t like Harleys. Never have. I’ve always seen them as way too bourbon, bandanas and bald eagles, if you see what I mean. Sure, on the odd occasion I’ve seen a custom HD that I’d not mind being seen on – but for the vast majority of this Milwaukee metal I’d rather set my pubes on fire than have them parked in my garage.

Then I met Jed DePyper at the recent Deus ex Machina Parallel Universe day. I shot the faeces with him for a while and he eventually told me he rode a “Rat Bobber”. Being none-the-wiser, I asked to see it. And Christ on a bike, what a bike; I was pretty much smitten from the get go. It wasn’t until later that day that I put two and two together and realised that I had just had my socks shocked and awed by a Hardly Ableson. God bless America.


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1978 Suzuki Rat Bobber

Posted on July 14, 2010 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 9 comments

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This Suzuki Rat Bobber was built by Seattle based Greg Simanson who has a love of all custom motorcycles. When Greg decided to build a bike he wanted to create something a little different. “I turned the 1978 Suzuki GS750 into a hardtail” said Greg. “Shortened the front end, added new handlebars, controls, headlight, new exhaust and powder coated the wheels black”. If you are wondering what the Japanese writing on the side of the tank means, it’s actually an old Japanese license plate that Greg modified and added for decoration. You can view more shots of this rough and ready rat bobber on Gregs blog Shadowlight Customs.

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Filipino Bobber

Posted on April 7, 2010 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 2 comments

Noli Coronado is not only a silversmith for Lucky Monkey in Manilla but is also a passionate bike builder. He likes to build sculptures that have wheels and engines. Like this one-of-a-kind board tracker cross bobber he built for Ron Poe of P&P tattoo. Ron is the son of legendary Filipino actor Fernando Poe Jr. Fernando Poe’s most famous role was of Panday (blacksmith in Filipino) in the movie Ang Panday.


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Distressed CB750

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 3 comments

Kott Motorcycles is a small custom shop near Los Angeles California, specializing in the restoration and customization of 1970’s era Honda 750’s, 550’s, and 350’s. Like us, the owner Dustin Kott has a passion for cafe racers. We love the raw look of his bikes especially this 750 named ‘Distressed’. With clubman bars, hand formed racer seat and no fenders, this bike has been done in true cafe style. Check out more bikes from Kott and this nicely shot video of Kott in action.

 


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Flakes Custom Cycles

Posted on August 31, 2009 by Scott in Rat, Tracker. 1 Comment

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a bike from this Japanese shop called Flake motorcycles. They are the masters of fine paint work. Just check out some of their amazing tanks. This TW200 has been done in true Japanese style. Like so many sweet TW200 found on the streets of Tokyo. That retro paint work is beautiful.


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GS750 Cafe Racer

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 12 comments

We all like it a bit rough and ready now and then. Sometimes I hate posting bikes that are too perfect. The soul of a cafe racer sometimes lives in the imperfections. Like a few scratches on the tank or a handmade seat that has a few random bolts. Like this awesome 1978 Suzuki GS750 I found on an old cafe racer thread (if you own it please let me know). There’s a great article on McNews about how the GS750 back in it’s day was the first Japanese superbike to get it right. The CB750 and Kawasaki Z900 both didn’t handle as well as the GS750 (I’m sure some of you will disagree). Anyway, as you can see it’s a great platform for a cafe racer. If you are looking to rip your arms off, check out this unique Nitrous Oxide running Dirt Drag GS750 for sale on Bikepoint.


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