Jeff Nicklus To Build 20 Rat Bikes

jeffnicklusNot the kind that have fallen apart over time. And anyway they are not built, but aged…and just maintained.

Instead, Jeff Nicklus is in the process of building 20 new custom motorcycles for a group named “The Desert Rats Group” made up of American Citizens living and working in Kuwait. It just happened that Jeff already built bikes for the 2 founding members of these desert sand storm riders. 

Nicklus is quick to state that “producing twenty (20) motorcycles that will be identical is quite a departure from my policy of never building two bikes alike. I did, however, negotiate a clause in my contract that allows me total artistic freedom in the design and manufacture of these bikes, thereby allowing me some latitude in making each bike different to some degree“.  No word if Jeff is going to wear the Kuwaiti Dishdasha (an ankle-length white shirt woven from wool or cotton) to find his creative inspiration. Jeff Nicklus Customs.

21 Responses to “Jeff Nicklus To Build 20 Rat Bikes”

  1. 1 harry Feb 21st, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Sounds like a cool deal. Any way we’ll get to see pics of the bikes when they are done???

  2. 2 GREG RICE Feb 21st, 2009 at 9:51 am


  3. 3 Roid Feb 21st, 2009 at 10:41 am

    That friggin rocks Jeff! Way to go!

  4. 4 Lee Wimmer Feb 21st, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Jeff, since you probably know just how important it is to me that parts are made in the USA, I want to offer any of our products to you for these bikes at a special price. ( we have a great looking bobber intake) Great project and good luck!!!

  5. 5 Boss Hawg Feb 21st, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Way to go Jeff…Can’t wait to see some pics…you have always built great bikes!

    Boss Hawg

  6. 6 burnout Feb 21st, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    suicide shift? Maybe? that would be dangerously super cool!! peace

  7. 7 fuji Feb 21st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Integrity has its just rewards. Congrats

  8. 8 1550tc Feb 21st, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Jeff we’ve met you in Sturgis and talked on the phone and I’ve always admired your passion for the business and your support for our troops.

    Nice bike’s and you should call Bobby Wood and get some of his cams & carbs on those motors.

  9. 9 Nicker Feb 21st, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Looking good Jeff… !!!!


  10. 10 Nicker Feb 21st, 2009 at 10:20 pm


    “…. suicide shift…”

    Never has been such a thing.
    (unles may be you “ax” questions).

    Just keep-n-it real….. 🙂


  11. 11 Brenda Fox Feb 21st, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Can’t think of anything better to make the ride of life better for American Citizens living and working in Kuwait. It really says something about your work that they permitted you total artistic freedom and I look forward to seeing what you create.
    Wishing you the very best with your project.

  12. 12 ignoranteh Feb 22nd, 2009 at 7:00 am

    More bikes for overgrown rich kids…

  13. 13 karend6656 Feb 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I can’t wait to see them… awesome..

  14. 14 Troy Feb 22nd, 2009 at 9:51 am

    That’s a great score for these times. I look forward to seeing pictures! If you have to wear the long white shirt, make sure it’s cotton, I can’t imagine wearing wool in Texas in the summertime. May they all come out perfect.

  15. 15 Conrad Feb 22nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm


    Describe overgrown rich kid for me lol.

    Trust me guys I will get a good picture if he ends up wearing a toga looking thing to get his mind set on some sort of paint scheme for these bikes.


  16. 16 Slag Feb 22nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    You Go Jeff…..Wish you all the best.

  17. 17 Gina Woods Feb 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Congrats Jeff,
    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy! Can’t wait to see the finished bikes!

  18. 18 James ( Kiwi) Feb 23rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    The Jerboa or desert rat is a small jumping rodent that looks like a cute minature kangaroo.

    First came to fame as the symbol for the Desert Rats, the British 7th armoured division formed in 1940 and still around today.They fought in the desert against Rommel with the Kiwis and other troops of the British empire.

    Just a bit of train spotting

    Good luck with the build


  19. 19 burnout Feb 23rd, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks, Nicker. In my haste to wipe the tears from my eyes (due to the vision of Jeff bulding a bike with a toga on) I subliminally left out a few words…………. JOCKEY shift and suicide CLUTCH! peace brother

  20. 20 Biker Bob Feb 24th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Over and out.

  21. 21 Jeff Nicklus Feb 27th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks everyone for your kind words and support. As soon as I have the prototype bike complete I will send some pics to Cyril and he might just publish them here.

    Burnout ….. Sorry Dude, no toga!

    Over & Out,


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