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zipper421 11-04-2012 10:52 AM

Claude of CSM
 
About a month ago I wrote to Claude about a body he had. He said it was sold but he had another but it was kinda rough, so he sent me some pics and it was just what I wanted. I just couldn't get there right away. Claude said no problem even though he could have sold it to someone else. This past wednesday I called Claude about coming down to see him over the weekend and plans were made. Saturday morning I headed out at 4:30 am and made good time on the four and a half hour drive to CSM. At around 8:00 I made the call to Claude that I had arrived, this man was more than happy to put on a pot of coffee and open his shop to me on his day off. These are the type of things to look at when you are looking for a shop to do any kind of work for you. This man truly loves what he does. I could have spent the whole day there talking about building sidecars and awesome bikes!
I just wanted to thank Claude for all his time and for helping me with all his top secret info.
Great guy. Awesome shop.
Highly recommended.
Thanks Dan

Boondox 11-04-2012 12:23 PM

+100

When in the market for my hack Claude was by far the most generous with his time and advice. Even though I went with a Hannigan (to keep my gun dog from jumping out when he spotted critters to chase), when it came time to make improvements to the rig Claude was the one I went to.

Nothing about his shop is mass-produced off-the-shelf. Everything is a work of art!

KHJPHOTO 11-04-2012 01:34 PM

Yup, I'll add my kudos too! Claude and his crew are "old" school - insuring quality and customer satisfaction. Great gentlemen.... and ladies too!

SilkMoneyLove 11-04-2012 05:07 PM

Never met him in person, but
 
I can tell from his posts that he is a good guy and has a passion for what he does. He shares his knowledge and seems to respond fairly quickly.

davebig 11-04-2012 05:25 PM

He gets my vote,he and Brock of Side Effects were very helpful when there really wasn't any monetary rewards involved, He put me to work on his GS and the office manager almost convinced my dog that he should stay there when I picked up my rig.DB

Ajacks 11-04-2012 07:06 PM

I dropped off my r1200GSA with Claude in June, I picked up the rig he built for me last Friday. I wish I knew how to post pictures cause all you would have to do is see the pics and you would know he is truly an artist, I cant tell you how happy I am. Want to thank his crew, I know this was a team effort, THANK YOU ALL Jack

claude 11-04-2012 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Ajacks (Post 19971043)
I dropped off my r1200GSA with Claude in June, I picked up the rig he built for me last Friday. I wish I knew how to post pictures cause all you would have to do is see the pics and you would know he is truly an artist, I cant tell you how happy I am. Want to thank his crew, I know this was a team effort, THANK YOU ALL Jack

Wow...thanks guys for all the kind words. We have made alot of good friends through this business and hope to make many more. There is much more to this than just trying to make a living and keep the lights burning. Yes, it is a team effort. A huge part of that 'team' is the one who is trusting us to build a sidecar outfit that will be what they want.

Jack's outfit..with Jack on trailer

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...ar2002/215.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...ar2002/198.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...ar2002/196.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...ar2002/199.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...2002/217-1.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...2002/218-1.jpg

zenduddhist 11-05-2012 07:41 AM

Claude,

Is that my Bonneville in one of the pictures? You have been working on it!! Yoohooo!!!

Btw, guys, I am the guinea pig for Claude's new design. Kind of his idea of an old school, Watsonian style, side car...

Can't wait to see it!

Chris McCarthy

Melrone 11-05-2012 08:44 AM

Nice rig!! The man does good work..A few years ago when I washaving major problems with my rig.The builder wasn't very helpful at all.I called claude asked for some help or info on fixing my problem..Never met him or talked to him before,but he treated me like an old friend gave me the info I needed to fix it right the first time...I will make to his shop next year on my first East Coast trip....

DirtyDR 11-05-2012 11:51 AM

Hi Claude :wave

I plan on passing through your neck of the woods next year on my way down to the U.S.C.A. National in Arkansas so I guess I will have to stop and check out the shop.

By the way nice work as usual.

claude 11-05-2012 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DirtyDR (Post 19975280)
Hi Claude :wave

I plan on passing through your neck of the woods next year on my way down to the U.S.C.A. National in Arkansas so I guess I will have to stop and check out the shop.

By the way nice work as usual.

Be looking forward to seeing you again Dana. Been a while. :bmwrider

RockyMtnRoadRash 11-05-2012 01:41 PM

I'll add that Claude's grand fun to listen to. His interview still stands in the top 5 on wheelnerds.

Chuck: "Could I attach a sidecar to Buell Ulysses?"
(pregnant pause)
Claude (disbeleiving): "Could... you?"

Melrone 11-05-2012 04:02 PM

Wheres the sidecar Nationals at?

on2wheels52 11-05-2012 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Melrone (Post 19977247)
Wheres the sidecar Nationals at?

Mountain View, AR.
I'm about 45 miles away. Fairly new to hacks but my wife and I expect to help with the event.
pm me if I can be of any assistance.
Jim

DirtyDR 11-06-2012 06:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by on2wheels52 (Post 19977334)
Mountain View, AR.
I'm about 45 miles away. Fairly new to hacks but my wife and I expect to help with the event.
pm me if I can be of any assistance.
Jim

What he said.
The thread with all of the information is on the U.S.C.A. site http://sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/thr...sts=10&start=1


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