TRAMP POT History….the ever evolving Rat
Tramp Pot started has a brand new Shinny White/Blue Suzuki GSX600F back to 1988 when was bought in England, reached Northern Ireland a few years down the line and after 5 different owners ended up on my hands on the 04/06/2012. I got the Tramp with both side fairings already missing and most of the bike painted gloss black with some hints of previous yellow paint job…lol….Due to my continuous boredom and very impatient manner, I started by chopping the pillion seat and all its supports making it into the common name given to this bike TEA POT.
The following few months I painted the bike with my favourite colour MATT BLACK….boring but I tend to be loyal to my taste….put on drag bars, that gave it a more comfortable position when riding it, a shelf made out of a renetec bike rail was applied to the front left side of the bike (great when going out shopping..lol), in between Tramp Pot wins it first award at the 15th Drunken Assholes Rally 2014 for Best Rat.
A few months after, the grinder came out again and all the sub frame, except the seat bars and pegs were cut off, the bike lost its Tea Pot look and was finally renamed TRAMP POT (Tramp because all my friends ride it and Pot due to the Tea Pot heritage).
A new exhaust made out of leftover pipes from local exhaust garage….nicknamed the Chimney, was put on…..and a nice Micron Stubby was sorted to finish the crazy and desired look. Bin Lids were acquired and the wheels were walled, a new screen was cut out of a Sky aerial giving it a very survival look, pipes were wrapped and seat secured with cable ties.
A friend of mine Robert, that restores classic cars, made me a sissy bar that was going to be put on another one of my bikes, but due to the industrial look Tramp Pot ended up getting it, giving it a very aggressive look. A friend of mine gave me 2 side fairings for the bike, I got them painted matt black and I put them on for our Premiere of the new Mad Max Fury Road, giving it a very sharky look, so far my favourite look of the Tramp.
This year my mad tendencies led me to plan a new mad tank, with a base of a standard leaking tank (courtesy of Josh Johnson) I got 2 fire extinguishers welded to it by a good friend Andy Hill, used 2 fuel car intakes as caps and 2 scrambler petcocks for the fuel lines, both tanks are fully functional and together take up to 15 litres. Next step was to remove the massive headlight and support frame. An old headlight from a Suzuki Intruder was used and a fairing made out of a grinding adventure by Carter McFerran when preparing the new tank for welding. Continental TKC 80’s gave the bike the final touch.
Tramp Pot won Best Rat at the 10th Belfast Custom Bike Show 2015 and at the 7th Roaring Meg 2015 in Derry/Londonderry. I reckon the adventure is still long to be complete, you never know what will happen next to the constant evolving Tramp Pot.