Rat bike history

In 1975 my bid was accepted for a very well worn and abused CHP 1970 Shovel head cop bike at one of their auctions. It went through a lot of transformations over the years. Chopper, ridged frame, a lot of the 70’s stuff. In ’79 I put everything in a ’59 pan head swing arm frame. In 1980 my longest road trip, to date, was to NYC, Washington DC. and the deep South. That was 34 states in 5 weeks and 9,000 miles, with just me and a gal on the back. It was the real deal of a bike trip. No motels, tenting it all the way. No Restaurants either, a Sterno cooker and an Igloo ice chest in the back pack, was what we did for all our meals. When we got home to Roseburg Oregon, I took the bike to a car wash. After the bath it took 45 minutes to start. I said “That’s it, i ain’t gonna wash you ever again”!

Fast forward to 2011 and I have proof that she has yet to be washed! My Shovel head and I have ridden (not trailered) to 48 states and 5 Provinces of Canada, logging well over 615,000 miles to date. In 2008, while going to Milwaukee Wisconsin for Harley’s 105th birthday party, I felt compelled to show some of Harley’s Executive’s, who we were riding with, what we could do. I passed the whole group at 109 mph while waving to them. No I don’t do that very often. But if ya want to ride with me, be prepared to do 80 to 85 on average. I like to challenge myself with Iron Butt runs. Four of them so far of over 1,000 miles in a day.

The whole idea of riding a Rat Bike is to let people smile and enjoy my ever changing creation. Most of the memorabilia on my bike was given to me by people from almost every state , and Canada as well. When people see me and the bike again, the challenge is on to see if they can find what they put on from a previous encounter, sometimes from years ago.

Ever since I was an early teenager, I determined that my goal in life would be to see how many smiles I could put on peoples faces as I pass through this world. Did it work for you?

6 Responses to Rat bike history

  1. Dave Robles says:

    Have a great trip Milo! I know somewhere under that stuff is my old fairing put to good use! Good luck to you, your wife, and your crew.

    • milo says:

      Yep, Your ‘old’ fairing is still on there somewhere! The saddle bags are still the ones that you gave me too! I hope to meet up with you if you are able. Thanks, Dave, Milo

  2. Oz from England says:

    Hey I hope our majesty the Queen is still smiling at you and you didn’t spend the fiver.

    Ride Safe precious man..!


  3. Wildbill says:

    It was great to see you again. Ride safe.

    Wildbill & Vicky

  4. Glen Craig says:

    Saw you at motel 6 Missoula 2008 You were leaving with a group to Milwaukee in the rain thunder lightning. Glad to see you still going strong. It was the 1st cross country trip for me, Milwaukee to Seattle. This year my 4th, Phoenix to Chicago by way of UT, CO, NE, SD, MN, WI. I live in HI. 1 month a year I take a road trip on my ’03 Softail Deuce. I’m a lightweight in comparison. Kepp the rubber side down, Aloha!

  5. Rhonda McHugh says:

    Milo, Milo, Milo! You and the group NVAR made our day on Sunday May 22, 11! I have to thank Bubba for painting the rock or we may never have had the opportunity to cross paths. God Bless you all and THANK YOU for what you are doing today! Take care and hope we have a chance to “meet” again! I have pics and video on facebook

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