Grabenratte, the Grave Rat Bike [Photo Gallery]
So here's the Grabenratte, German for Grave Rat, a perfectly normal Suzuki DR350 resurrected into a demented ratbike we here have grown to like. After the initial strip-off, the DR350 got a new, bigger tank in 5mm sheet metal, but due to its height, the “ratter” had to have it pulled to the rear... just because the Grabenratte was actually a road bike and steering was rather necessary. The handlebars needed a lot of space for free movement, hence new look of the bike, by far a nice one.
The seat and subframe are probably an insult for a guy designing MV Agusta's, but they are now more comfortable than in the first place, and look 110% rat, so that's good. Hand and foot bent iron rods and gave a nice headlight cage and the exhaust went under the seat, just like on a sport bike.
With the CDI and wiring going inside a painter Dulux can strapped to the bike near the rectifier, the electrics have been take care of in a cheap and rattish manner. A final coat of paint and a funny “Do not clean this vehicle” and the Grave Rat is ready to prowl the streets, because that license plate holder is for real.
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