This guy’s daughter told him that he was too old to ride anymore, so he used parts from his bikes and his motorcycle memorabilia in his 1940 Dodge Rat Rod Pickup Truck.
Check out this short video we did with proud owner Rich Matthews, aged 77, at the Burbank Car Show at Bob’s Burgers.
“This is now my motorcycle,” he says.
“My daughter made me get rid of my motorcycle. All my buddies are dead or limping, so now I’m driving around in a rat rod.”
He tells the story of riding his 1948 Indian to Woodstock in 1969, his 1970 Harley jacket made of horse hide and the collector Harley beer cans he picked up at Daytona Bike week that now feature on the engine air cleaner.
“My first Harley was a K model 1954 flat head,” he says.
“Then my Indians took over my life.
“I should be shot for cutting up all those frames and extended front ends.
“I cut one of my Indians in half and welded a Harley service car trike to it. It lasted two days; hated the trike ride.
“My Harley FSWG 1980 was my last bike. Needed to take my new puppy, 60-pound Catahula Leopard dog, to Daytona bike week. Put on a side car so I could drive him down to boot hill Daytona.
“Couldnt wait to take it off. Motorcycles rule!”
Rich was in a New York motorcycle gang in the 1960s-70s.
“Got some amazing stories that I can’t forget,” he says.
What will you do when you get too old to ride? Leave your comments below.
If you think you’re getting too old to ride because of aches and pains, read this article.