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Old 01-13-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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sidecar lessons/classes

Can anyone recommend basic classes for someone who wants to have a little experience and instruction before considering buying a hack? I realize they are a totally different animal than a motorcycle and caution is required in learning to ride them.
I live in Northern California. Any information you have would be appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:52 PM   #2
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Contact Vernon Wade known here as 'the red menace'.
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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Contact Vernon Wade known here as 'the red menace'.
Here's the site: http://adventuresidecar.com/index.html

I have heard great things about the training, and plan to sign up once the 2008 class schedule is posted.
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:34 PM   #4
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I will strongly recommand to take some sidecar classes, if you have the project to dive into the sidecar world.
These classes have their own rig, and you can safely have a test of the 3 wheels handling.
I took two classes with my wife, one in MN with their 250 velorex rig and one in MA with my own rig (R1100GS+ural), great practice, and very nice organisation.

http://www.smsa.org/reports/restrict...ty_council.pdf

http://www.esc.org/content/05%20Moto...20Schedule.htm
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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Adventue Sidecar S/TEP Classes

I plan to offer classes again this year May though October. I still need to check some things before I can post the exact dates but they will be up on the Adventure Sidecar Website as soon as I get the schedule finalized

http://adventuresidecar.com/training06/training06.htm
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:31 PM   #6
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My wife's Grandpa told an amazing story about crossing the country on an Indian - and temporarily losing Grandma when the sidecar parted company with the Indian in a turn...

I keep trying to talk my wife into getting a sidecar, but apparently she heard the old story too many times while growing up...
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:02 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=twintwin]I will strongly recommand to take some sidecar classes, if you have the project to dive into the sidecar world.
These classes have their own rig, and you can safely have a test of the 3 wheels handling.
I took two classes with my wife, one in MN with their 250 velorex rig and one in MA with my own rig (R1100GS+ural), great practice, and very nice organisation.

Maybe a couple more???...

Hi Twin-Twin!!!
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:52 PM   #8
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My little brother took this photo at the June class



we have 4 openings left in the class coming up July 18.

call Hood River Community Education if you are interested
(541)386-2055
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:25 PM   #9
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Here's the site: http://adventuresidecar.com/index.html

I have heard great things about the training, and plan to sign up once the 2008 class schedule is posted.

I'll be taking the course in July and can't wait to learn some moves. Still not sure if I will be taking my Gear-Up or not. I Would love to learn moves on my Gear-Up because these hacks seem to be taller then others I've seen and I want to learn the feeling with the rig I ride. I have less then 900KM under my belt so I guess I'll see how I feel about the 2-3 hr. ride to Hood River in July.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:42 PM   #10
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Man oh man, all youz taking Vernon's class are going to have a great time. Work in some camping too - there's great camping all around Hood River. When Jodie and I were up there in July, we stayed at the Tucker County Park (541) 386-4477, about a 5-10 minute drive from the course range.

If any a youz on here are still on the fence, go sign up. If you're kicking around a sidecar rig but aren't sure, when you're done with the class you will know whether or not sidecar'ing is for you.
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:25 AM   #11
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Monica and I were out messing around on one of the bikes Memorial Day(Damn! I still need to wash the mud off before class this weekend!). She doesn't know I put this together


Warrior Princess from Adventure Sidecar on Vimeo.

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Old 05-28-2008, 08:57 AM   #12
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...Work in some camping too - there's great camping all around Hood River. When Jodie and I were up there in July, we stayed at the Tucker County Park (541) 386-4477, about a 5-10 minute drive from the course range.
THAT is the kind of local info that helps - thanks.
We've made reservations for the Memaloose State Park nearby, for the June class.

In case anybody else is looking for camping info, the locations I found (in no particular order - to include proximity to the training site, since I ain't been there yet!):
Tucker County Park
Viento State Park
Memaloose State Park
Toll Bridge County Park
Ainsworth State Park
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:42 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the responses. Since I live in N. California and have heard good reactions to the adventuresidecar.com classes in Oregon, I'm hoping to make it up there in May.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:59 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the responses. Since I live in N. California and have heard good reactions to the adventuresidecar.com classes in Oregon, I'm hoping to make it up there in May.
I am sure you will get a lot out of it. Vernon does a good job and has put a
lot of effort into what he does. Have fun with it.
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:17 PM   #15
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...AND a question:
Is there an advanced class or reduced cost option if you're already a licensed operator?
Yes, I'm still a n00b, having only gotten my license last year and piloting a rig since SEP 07... but the stuff about turn signals, PPE etc is well ingrained through years of motorcycling.

...just wonderin' - thanks!
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