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Roland the rat trike.


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#1 OFFLINE   bub2006

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:58 PM

Right I may get some flack,I may not but I thought sod it. Been missing my bikes for quite a while. They always made me feel better and raised a grin when I was a bit down. Disabilities put paid to that and have considered a trike or quad for quite a while. This popped up for sale by a friend and I was offered it at a bargain price.
It started life as a Rialto but many years ago it had the body removed,bars and seats fitted. Dvla letter with it to say changes have been noted and now is an open body tricycle. It has MOT till august and the history is very good. It has been meticulously maintained by my friend and was used at one point as a daily when his car died and he couldn't fit the family on a bike! It's won 3 or 4 trophies at various rallies and shows. Mainly for custom rat and survival trikes. It's also very well known around Derbyshire. It's not to everyone's tastes and I understand that but I've not felt as happy as I do in a long time.
Few niggles I need to sort on it are I need to find a new Speedo cable and the fuel gauge and temp gauge like to fluctuate. Main beam switch failed yesterday too so I've bypassed it so I have headlights until I can find a cheap switchgear set for it. Exhaust is a straight pipe with cherry bomb and it's bloody loud so that will be changed for something slightly quieter. The name Roland the rat trike is also what it's been known as for years. Here's some pics.

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#2 OFFLINE   purplebargeken

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:02 PM

I like it. Years ago I started to do the same. Shitty Reliant bought, body lopped off...... I then reached the limit of my trike building skill. 

 

It needs BMW 3 series rear wheels. They bolt straight on according to the vague depths of my memory. Paint them black obv. 

 

I likey very much.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:03 PM

It was changed to what it is now when Reliant were ten a penny and a rolling joke. I've got a pair of fiat x1/9 alloys with brand new tyres for it but need spacers first!
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:16 PM

No flack from me. Man drives shite and smiles. Life, sorted.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:18 PM

Exactly that! Like I said,not everyone cup of tea but I love it. Neighbour came out with kid earlier asking if he can sit in it for a pic. I let him wear my leather waistcoat and he loved it. Even more happy when I took him round block!
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:20 PM

BRILLIANT...I've seen this trike around over the years...and it's still going strong.Well done on a great buy.

And that number plate you lucky bugger!!  I was looking around for a triple K but was told by our local DVLA place (when I had to take a yank pickup down to them,to get it re-registered from a Breakdown truck to private pickup) any triple K n/plates are held at Swansea because of the significance of the 3 Ks  (there's a KLUE in there) 8)

Anyhow good luck with your BEAST,

Here's a pic to be going on with..480053_3215512542404_1307817378_n.jpg


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:21 PM

Truly awesome mate, every pic I see of it make it look more fun. Looks a lot better than in the first pic you sent me.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:23 PM

The number plate in all honesty I'm considering changing. I don't care but some people can misread it. Yes that's their issue as I'm far from concerned as it's had it all its life but I don't need someone arguing with me over it! It did have England flags on it but they gone now along with a Maltese cross flag. Left the skull and crossbones on though.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:24 PM

Truly awesome mate, every pic I see of it make it look more fun. Looks a lot better than in the first pic you sent me.

I'll have to potter over when I've sorted Speedo cable and done tappets buddy.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:24 PM

I just knew a Reliant was involved.
F*ck your Honda Civic, I've a horse outside,
F*ck your Subaru, I have a horse outside.
And f*ck your Mitsubishi, I've a horse outside,
If you're lookin' for a ride, I've got a horse outside

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:26 PM

Bub, the plate is the original one, leave it alone mate. The  connotation is ridiculous in all honesty in this day, age and country.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:28 PM

I just knew a Reliant was involved.

I used to own a robin too that was great fun

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:29 PM

Bub, the plate is the original one, leave it alone mate. The connotation is ridiculous in all honesty in this day, age and country.

I know but sadly some folk don't see it like that. I'll see what happens in time.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:37 PM

If it makes you smile then all's good. My kids would love that. You need to grow your beer gut and get to Benidorm on it. Room for two ladies in the back and bobs your uncle.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:39 PM

Got a beer gut and benidorm is quite a trek. I'll try Buxton instead!
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:42 PM

Buxom of Buxton! Not you Bub, not you. Oh jeez no.


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Rover 75 1.8 auto - wafty kettle

Ford Galaxy - big red shite with added space

Triumph Toledo - 2.0 for added sleeper shite

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:43 PM

Why not? I've got blonde hair blue eyes and boobs. Oh and a beard. I should fit in nicely.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:46 PM

Looks fine to me. The one I built probably looks like that by now!

 

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I trust you will take it here?

 

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:50 PM

I'll have to potter over when I've sorted Speedo cable and done tappets buddy.


Welcome anytime mate

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:58 PM

Dare I say this is better use of a dead Reliant than the usual alternative...

 

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:00 PM

I agree. Most can't even get the right model!
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:37 PM

That's bloody horrible.  It's perfect.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:44 PM

I like it even though it has the looks only a mother could love, it looks a good bit of fun, please don't ride it on Halloween dressed as a ghost with those final 3 letters on the number plate
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:50 PM

When is the V8 going in?
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:52 PM

Outstanding man. 

 

Conelrad D Conelrad please Photoshop Bub and the trike into Mad Max Fury Road.

 

Bub is winning!!


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:02 PM

Is there an unsee button?

That is fucking brilliant. I think. I'm not sure.

Its probably to AutoShite what Russ Abbots 'Atmosphere' was to the uk top 40. Everybody took the piss out of it at first but it outlasted its contemporaries and became an important part of history.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:06 PM

FFS! I watched you ride off backwards in Matlock today! I saw it & thought that looks bad enough for Bub to like & was stood leaning on a postbox when you left.

 

I didn't realise it was you with a beard & no crutches or I'd have said something!


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:10 PM

Good grief that is fucking dreadful.  Nice work!


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:18 PM

Feeling a bit left out these days on AS, without a 3 wheeler of some sort!
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:23 PM

Why not? I've got blonde hair blue eyes and boobs. Oh and a beard. I should fit in nicely.

Moobs shirley?

Grotesque. Much win. Bonus AS points if you get a pickelhaube or perhaps a Zulu-style topi to wear while outraging public decency. A coal scuttle would give a more authentic Black Widows look but combined with the number plate might give people the wrong idea. I can picture you rocking up to a caravan site with one of those folding camper things hitched up behind and generally alarming the public.
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