IT’S A BITZER: Jason Anderson with his Rat Bike made from his grandmother’s Hills Hoist clothesline was at the Show and Shine at Grafton Showground on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak
IT’S A BITZER: Jason Anderson with his Rat Bike made from his grandmother’s Hills Hoist clothesline was at the Show and Shine at Grafton Showground on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak

Jason puts a spanner or two into the works

COULD you imagine riding a motorbike made up of old Hills Hoists, trampoline parts and spanners at speeds of up to 90kmh?

Jason 'Spud' Anderson can, and frequently does.

The Maclean resident's unique scrapmetal motorbike is a jumble of different parts collected from friends and family over the years, each with its own story to tell.

Having ridden dirt bikes all his life, Mr Anderson fell upon the idea of building his own motorbike from scratch close to four years ago.

"It just came about from the scrap parts I had," he said.

"I just built it in the garage at home; I was on a budget so everything's made from old parts my mates gave me."

A boilermaker by trade, the 40-year-old completed the project six months ago after working on it, on and off, for three years.

Parts of his daughter's discarded trampoline have been used for pipes, old spanners hold the joints together and the overflow bottles are small Jim Beam bottles.

The most notable part is the Hills Hoist frame, which once held his grandmother's drying clothes.

"We put up a new clothesline for my grandmother, and the old one I took home as scrap metal," he said.

"That became the frame of the bike; everything on it's made by me."

While the bike can't be registered on NSW roads due to the logistics of the frame, Mr Anderson said he rides it on his private property in Maclean whenever he gets the chance.

The motor, a 1981 TT 600 model, was previously used as a winch on a parasailing boat.

"She runs pretty well," he said. "I've ridden it up to 80-90kmh - it'll do 100kmh but I haven't had a chance to go that fast yet."

When he's not riding it, the dirt bike enthusiast takes his unique motorbike to Show and Shine events in the Clarence Valley.

The Daily Examiner found him at the Grafton Show and Shine last weekend.

"I went up there with a mate, I just took it up so people could have a look at."

"If (people) like it that's pretty cool."



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