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Thought I'd post some before and after pics of my RAT CX. This is the first bike I've ever owned. Flat black paint job, new handlebars and mirrors, shortened the rear fender, remounted and rewired the rear lights, sportster seat, vinyl cover for under the seat, removed the original exhaust and put straight pipes and header wrap.









 

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Wicked cool !! Best part, you did it yourself.
 

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Looks good, I dig it!



Where you from in ON? I'm from Niagara Originally......I really miss Tim Horton's!
 

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I like that seat. What is it from? How did you fit it?


I won an ebay auction for the seat. Only $5.50 + 15 shipping new in the box. Auction said the seat was for a harley sportster. I didn't know if it would work or not, but for that price I was willing to take a chance. I used a piece of perforated metal strip to bolt between the existing seat hardware and where the gas tank bolts through the frame. At the rear of the seat I drilled some holes through the seat pan to pass hose clamps through.
 

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Looks good, I dig it!



Where you from in ON? I'm from Niagara Originally......I really miss Tim Horton's!


I'm in Toronto. Heck yeah I bet you miss Tim's. I'm a double double man myself. My favorite part about going to Tim's since I've had the bike is watching the guys with the chromed out harleys stick their noses up at me when I ride in. Harley owners love to congregate in Tim Horton's parking lots.
 

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I'm in Toronto. Heck yeah I bet you miss Tim's. I'm a double double man myself. My favorite part about going to Tim's since I've had the bike is watching the guys with the chromed out harleys stick their noses up at me when I ride in. Harley owners love to congregate in Tim Horton's parking lots.


I guess Harley owners are the same everywhere!
 

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My old rat, was fun to do, was given it (my mate dont like Honda's)had banana seat, trailer guard 12 inch rise bars with longer home made cables, unfortunatly pod filters / K + n's, not so much of a problem, mate has a rolling road


Fitted custom rear wheel as its smaller than stock, butchered the exhaust with a large metal spike down the middle to make it flow better, some Kawasaki trail bike front guard and bob's your uncle.
 

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Nice one! Hard to call mine a Rat looking at that beast. Did you drop the engine out to do that paint job or just bomb it in place? Wanted to do the same thing, but not sure I'm ready to tackle the engine removal.
 

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cover your lights and things you need to see (speedo, indicators, tail light etc) and blast the little fooker, dont worry about the brake disc's, it soon wears off.
 

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i have to say this as a rat bobber builder/rider i love the looks i get from the chomeies as they look down on my rice grinder then they see the jockey shift and foot clutch that they are to scared to run and they shut the fook up makes me laugh every time espically when i pass them and shift to 5th they all look suprised

last summer i was at a bike night just to get some dinner at a bbq joint and it was all harleys i parked mine next to some flthckutush(wtf is with the letters shit anyhow?)and some guy asked me what the hell is that thing? funny how many harley guys a really just the ride to bike night and back home they have a 2000 model with like 15 miles on it they make me laugh!
 

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I don't know. I must be getting old as I like my GL500 just the way the folk at Honda made it. All of the rats, bobbers, and choppers look as uncomfortable as hell. They would not work with my old bones as I like to travel mile after mile down old back roads just to see what is going on in the rest of the country. If they are what "floats your boat" - go for it. Billrod
 

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I don't know. I must be getting old as I like my GL500 just the way the folk at Honda made it. All of the rats, bobbers, and choppers look as uncomfortable as hell. They would not work with my old bones as I like to travel mile after mile down old back roads just to see what is going on in the rest of the country. If they are what "floats your boat" - go for it. Billrod


Ah billrod you seem to have fallen into the standard trap every-one falls into, asuming that rats are uncomfortable and all of them are black.

The idea behind rats is that they evolve over the years, you cannot make a rat.

Something breaks on your bike, do you buy a new bit or find something that does the job but free or cheap.

I personaly prefer to fix my bike as cheaply as poss and if the bits not for that perticular bike it dont matter, all that matters is that it fits and it works at doing the job.

Its customisation at its best, its also fun to watch people figure out what the hell you have done! lol
 

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ODIE,

At my age I don't think I have the years to allow a lot of evolving. I will just hang onto the GL500 and when I am gone, pass it on to my son and he can do whatever he wants with it. LOLOL
 

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ODIE,

At my age I don't think I have the years to allow a lot of evolving. I will just hang onto the GL500 and when I am gone, pass it on to my son and he can do whatever he wants with it. LOLOL




Billrod,



As they say:



Age, cunning and bloody mindedness wins over youth and exuberance any day! lol
 
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