Especially the seat must be mentioned, it was taken from an old tractor. Also the Henschel - truck - headlight, the pile of shit on the front fender and various rubber figures and bones.
O k , you have to be a little bit crazy if you are - as a woman - on the road wit this vehicle every day. And itīs usual that often people talk to me and ask for making photos. And especially our police officers are regulary interested in this excellent neat bike.
But up to now, Iīve never had big trouble wit the bike or the police. All important parts are legal and the papers of the bike are ok. Every two years the “rat” is taken to the german car check, according to the regulations in germany. And for driving secure, I regulary control tyres, light and brakes. I may be strange, but I donīt want to commit suicide!!!
Many “sensible” people canīt stop shaking their heads or screaming in horror by looking at this bike. But people, who can laugh about themselves and the world are not able to stop grinning after a while. Itīs interesting, because every time you look on it you can discover new things.
The name ratbike bases on an american definition. As a “rat - bike” or just short “rat” a bike is defined, which is as ugly for the most people like the all well known animal. A ratbike is going to be ridden, therīs no time or place to clean and polish it. Polishing is the greatest sin, you can do to such a bike! This bike looks like it had survived different wars, but the engine functions well (for the most time). All I can say is: Donīt think about the outer appearance, look for inner worth!
Ratbike - riders are as individual as their machines and canīt be put in any scheme. Everybody of them creates his/her own rat individually. No two rats are the same. But this artwork is never finished. Often you loose some things on the road, find new items for decoration or they are given to you. A rat has itīs own life and a never ending evolution.
For myself my rat is part of my life -philosophy. You ride a rat or you donīt. Love it or hate it, but nothing in between! Perhaps, in one way, Iīm a kind of anarchist. Every time when I park my rat next to a new, chrome glitterin g and high polished bike I start to grin. Thatīs the best way to show the contrast between bikes and their riders. And three guesses on which bike the people will have a look???
Sure, there is so much more to thell about ratbike s, and there are so differe nt opinions. I would be happy about every kind of e-mail, doesnīt matter if friendly or critical. Whatsīs about mail to Dodo?