Rat’s Hole Show Rat Rocket

Rat’s Hole Shows promoter Ted Smith states that 350 custom motorcycles participated in his 36th anniversary Daytona event, this year spreading on 3 different days (Metrics, Old School and Classic Show). During these shows he unveiled the Rat Rocket, a bike built by Ralph Randolph of Knockout Moytorcycle with collaboration of industrial designer Adam Canni. The short list of what I know: wheels by Ego Tripp, primary drive by Evil Engineering, 6-speed by Baker Transmission, custom one-off water jet parts by Harvey Engineering and paint by AJ’s Customs.    

6 Responses to “Rat’s Hole Show Rat Rocket”

  1. 1 Cj Hanlon Guilty Customs Mar 20th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Cyril, i saw/heard this bike (along with our other house guest) at 3:00am before the unveiling at the Rats Hole Show…in our living room :)…and all i can say is “it is hot!”. Kudo’s to Ralph, Adam, Greg and the others involved in this build. Ralph, i know your reading this so just remember i’m unveiling my bike the same way when i see ya!!! Ha..ha.
    Seriously, great job!

  2. 2 BikerDATA.com Mar 21st, 2008 at 7:37 am

    BikerDATA missed this show and heard about the great turn out and AWESOME rides that competed. I have got to get there next year, I talked to several people, all saying his was a great event. Anyone got any tricks of how to be at 10 places at the same time?

    Cyril, I got several images of you at the Bruce Rossmeyer’s builders breakfast posted in my gallery section, check it out if you get a second.

  3. 3 A 1 CYCLES Mar 21st, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    awesome job smith family, ralph, adam canni awesome show great times, and awesome bike

  4. 4 hoyt Mar 21st, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    “Anyone got any tricks of how to be at 10 places at the same time?”

    I haven’t been to Daytona Bike Week for several years, but I know there is a lot of space at the Speedway.

    There is also poor attendance at some of the racing events.

    To answer your question, it seems like there is an opportunity to get all the parties involved to work together for one large, combined custom bike show/raceday, while still allowing the individual retailers to setup a “temporary remote” bar/grille at the speedway. Tickets get you into the show. A higher ticket price gets you into both, races and show.

    I know much of the speedway has manufacturers setup, but it seems like some re-arranging could be done.

    Imagine all of those customs in one location….and then going to the races, then back to the customs. That’s a good moto day.

    If it increases attendance at the races, then its a win-win for the AMA, the racers, the builders, the retailer, & you.

    (It might even help ease some of the local’s tension who are crazy about bikes as much as we are)

  5. 5 hoyt Mar 21st, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    minor correction:

    “(It might even help ease some of the local’s tension who are crazy about bikes as much as we are)”

    who are not crazy about bikes as much as we are….

    another point to clarify –

    In relation to the number of people who attend Bike Week, the attendance at the racing events is down, proportionately…isn’t it?

    With the changes in AMA Formula Extreme, the Daytona 200 actually was interesting this past year (6 different OEMs finished in the top 10 – that’s healthy diversity!).

    Bike Week started out with the racing as the focal point. Obviously, its now about customs, good times, and racing (I forgot to mention the Supercross race in the rain – anyone see that? It was fantastic even if my favorite racer’s bike stalled with 2-3 corners remaining on the final lap.)

    Having the custom shows at the Speedway with the racing events seems to be what its all about.

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