Coun­try Road res­i­dent builds his first ‘Fat­terCat’

The Compass - - OPINION - BY ROBYN SEY­MOUR

Items like an inch-and-a-quar­ter metal pipe, a cen­tral disk brake, and a springer seat may be un­com­mon to most, but for Terry Marsh of Coun­try Road, they have been a sig­nif­i­cant part of his life for this past year.

It all started when Marsh bought his son Kyle a 200cc Ba­haa (off-road ve­hi­cle).

Kyle told his fa­ther he wished Marsh had a bike like his, so they could go rid­ing to­gether.

Marsh says Kyle then added,“You should build one like mine, but up-sized.”

With those few spo­ken words, a new door opened for Marsh and he wel­comed the chal­lenge.

While home on turn-around from Al­berta, where Marsh works in construction, he be­gan piec­ing the dif­fer­ent parts of his hoped-to-be bike to­gether.

Be­ing his first project of this kind, he was scep­ti­cal of a real end re­sult.

Marsh be­gan by build­ing the bike’s frame, us­ing an inch and a quar­ter metal pipe, weld­ing it to­gether. He pur­chased a small trailer fender, which he later turned into a gas can, and two bike fend­ers. He put to­gether a home­made springer seat, by us­ing the valve springs of a V8 en­gine.

“Ev­ery­thing you see, I made, ex­cept the muf­fler, han­dle­bars and mir­rors,” he ex­plains.

Af­ter many months and time in his garage, the chal­lenge soon turned into more than just a hobby, it be­came his pas­sion.

“I was sur­prised it turned out as good as it did. When I started out I was scep­ti­cal, but over time it started to look bet­ter to me,” says Marsh.

And that was just the con­fi­dence boost he needed.

Once the bike be­gan to come to­gether, he wired it for lights and an elec­tric starter. He bought a sec­ond-hand trike mo­tor, which he cleaned up and in­stalled. As an added touch, Marsh even de­cided to add a hand­made back rack.

To keep it sim­i­lar to his son’s bike, he up­sized his tires to 25’ by 12’ by 10’. “I call it a Fat­terCat,” Marsh jokes. Through pa­tience and pas­sion, Marsh’s custom-made, up­sized ver­sion, of his son’s bike, is now com­pleted.

“Any­one can build a bike re­ally. It just takes a lit­tle bit of thought. If they can put their mind to it, they can do any­thing,” he says.

Marsh is now in the plan­ning stages for his next project.

“Now it’s in my blood. I want to build a Chop­per-style street bike, (also) with two large tires. A Chop­per-style Fat­terCat,” he jokes.

Robyn Sey­mour photo

NEW RIDE — Terry Marsh, 46, of Coun­try Road, Bay Roberts proudly sits on his new custom made bike. Marsh de­cided to try his hand at build­ing an off-road ve­hi­cle af­ter his son sug­gested he should make an up-sized ver­sion of his bike.

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