Always loved a good rat bike,have visted with a few owners over the years and they were all great people.The next time you run across one,take time to visit.I learned that in most cases each and every item hung..stuck,glued or tied to the bike has its own story where it came from and why its there.Pure people that dont need the flash of chrome and paint to to enjoy the thing in life they enjoy or depend on.
A rather refreshing outlook on life I think......
Thanks for posting the pic.
I love ratbikes, and have owned a couple, though not Goldwings. I like mine a little simpler, but really crappy looking. My last one was an '81 Susuki GS550, Had been crashed about 100 times, the gas tank was rusted out, so I welded together a rear rack from rusted angle iron, mounted a 2 gal. air tank on it, and converted it to a gas tank. Then I decised I didn't need the stock tank, so I took it off and tossed it. It had a solid cast aluminum solo seat on it, from some kind of playground equipment. The crowning glory was a large plastic rat attached to the top of the bent and rusted headlight shell with a cigarette butt in it's mouth. I rode it for years, the cam chain finally broke and took out the motor, and I scrapped it. I thought about ratting out my Goldwing, then decided it was just a little too nice for that. But I still intend to leave it alone cosmetically, with it's original patina. It is obviously well used, but not quite junk yet.