What the heck is a Rat Scooter you ask? Well find the cheapest most beat up, crashed, wrecked, burnt out hulk of a scooter you can find. Get it for free or very cheap. Scrounge the salvage yards, E-bay, Craigslist, and the side of the road for cool parts and make yourself a one-of a kind scooter.
I was working one day last summer. I was driving the van I use to clean carpets when I spotted this scooter on Rte. 1 in Waldoboro. It was moving… fast. I tried to catch it it but due to traffic I failed. As luck would have it I stopped in to Louie’s Powersports in Nobleboro for a visit and there it was! It belongs to one of the mechanics and he built it from a wrecked Diamo scoot. It has a an old Harley seat, some wacky headlights, and some performance enhancements dragged off the scrap heap (exhaust off a 4-wheeler or dirt bike I can’t remember, bigger carb., etc.) Some call it ugly I think it’s cool. Stripped of the plastic body work a scooter can lose some serious weight and be super easy to repair. Other advantages include you don’t have to be to overly worried if it gets dinged, seldom need to wash it, and best of all you can usually put one together really cheap!.
Flat black paint is almost a requirement but hey anything goes. If you have little money, are reasonably mechanically adept, and like to express your personal style in what you ride, this is way to have a scooter like no one else.
I liken it to the Hearse I had shortly after I got married. Nice low mileage car, paid $1800 for it. I got more attention with that car than I would have with a $80,000 European sports car. Go ahead. Express yourself.