Country Road resident builds his first ‘FatterCat’
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.
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.