The proper way to rat a motorcycle-----
Ratbike: do a search and you'll find
a lot of descriptions--most refer to olive drab or flat black hogs with
a lot of duct tape, bailing wire and animal skins--the stigma is usually
negative and they have their world and are having fun with it--great.
Most bikes wind up getting personalized a little and that's great too
but it isn't always ratwork-----a different seat or set of bars or paint
scheme is not ratwork.
The classic barn bike--$25--'75 honda XL 350
This bike was way too far gone in too
many ways to be restored. Tank was rusted out, cables froze, wheel
bearings shot, oddly welded thingees for footpeg brackets and on and
on-----the redeeming part of this bike was the engine--not a bent fin,
not stuck, in fact it actually ran after about an hour of fiddling. Nice
to know that but these should never be started and ran for any length of
time without at least some investigation--if it fires up, shut it off
quick and go on to other things-----
AIN'T THAT A BAD MOTORCYCLE?