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‘Steam punk rat bike’ turns heads at Dover rally

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

There were many head-turning customized bikes at the Friday the 13th motorcycle rally in Port Dover. This “steam punk rat bike” is the brainchild of John Consentini of Motorcycle Enhancements in Oakville. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

There were many head-turning customized bikes at the Friday the 13th motorcycle rally in Port Dover. This “steam punk rat bike” is the brainchild of John Consentini of Motorcycle Enhancements in Oakville. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

PORT DOVER - 

 Why tell people what you can do when you can just show them?

That’s the thinking behind a rather impressive “steam punk rat bike” on display during the Friday the 13th rally in Port Dover.

The head-turning customized machine is nearly 11 feet long and fully operational. It’s the creation of John Consentini of Stoney Creek, owner of Motorcycle Enhancements in Oakville.

“A lot of people ask me, ‘Can you do this?’ or ‘Can you do that?’” Consentini said at the corner of Walker and Main streets. “This is my answer to them.”

The bike looks like a museum piece or some kind of avant-garde sculpture. But it is roadworthy.

Consentini started with a Yamaha Roadster motor with 98 cubic inches of displacement. Pretty much everything else is customized or sculpted. The unique features are nearly too numerous to mention.

A blood bitters patent medicine bottle from 1935 is mounted on the side of the gas tank as a gas gauge.

Piston heads and 50-millimetre brass shell casings serve as foot rests.

When parked, the wide frame sits flush on the ground, which eliminates the need for a kickstand. But fire it up and air bags raise the chassis six inches off the ground.

Consentini worked on the bike full-time for four months from start to finish.

Las Vegas customizer Steve Darnell gave Consentini the Steve Darnell Award for the wildest entry at the annual Motorama show in Toronto last February.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com