Ratrod-O-Rama 2015 – Passion and Rust

Hundreds of custom ,,rust” enthusiasts gathered in Oregon USA for the 8th annual edition of Ratrod-O-Rama. In a world of technology, fuel mappings and safety features, a small core of old school die hard enthusiasts gather year after year to display their latest creations. For them ,,shiny and chrome” is a blasphemy and rust, iron and air are parts of their creed.

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Ratrod-O-Rama is not an event dedicated entirely to rat bike displays. In fact quite a big part of the show is made out of cars. Rat Rods to be more precisely. So why are we presenting Rat Rods on a dedicated motorcycle site? Because they are awesome as hell and they go hand in hand with the custom culture.

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Beside custom ,,rats” an authentic pin-up atmosphere tends to surround the atmosphere. Also local craftsman like Mason Lehmberg presented their metal creation skills. Among rusty works of art, there was also a 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in mint condition that quickly gathered passionate riders.

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Another authentic bike display was presented under the form of a chopper based on a 1960s Triumph with a flame fuel tank covered in rust and a log fork reminding of the Easy Riders age.

In order to qualify and participate in the contest, Ratrod-O-Rama has some simple but strict rules:

No visible billet aluminum parts.

No modern “saw-blade” style wheels or “wagon wheels”.

No mags of any style designed after the ’60’s.

No modern West Coast Choppers or OCC style bikes.

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No trailed cars.  All vehicles must be driven in.  Race cars and unfinished vehicles may be exempted.

We are glad that shows like this continue the heritage of craftsmanship in a world where everything is computer fixed under warranty.

 

 

Photos – MotoUsa

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