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Old 09-11-2008, 05:46 AM   #76
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Sidecar sillyness

I'm sorry but I just can't understand why anyone would want to do that to a two wheel vehicle. To me it defeats the whole purpose of having a motorcycle. Putting a third wheel makes the motorcycle inherently less stable for handling, especially while cornering.
Why not get a little convertible instead?
Much safer and probably as much fun!?
Dah! I have not even read the rest of the thread yet... 2 years on the road with my buddy Spirit might enlighten you... What have you done these past couple years? And please don't be a dog hater!!!... or you will have to deal with him...

Two wheels, three wheels... they each have their fun and purpose... no need to understand, just look at the Journey!



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Old 09-11-2008, 07:12 AM   #77
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Nice shot Ara. A picture is indeed worth a 1,000 words. Good point.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:09 AM   #78
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From Miller Motorsports in Utah this past weekend...

http://jspeed.smugmug.com/gallery/59...333_GgnB5-A-LB

Yes, we're at triple digits.

Sidecar passengers... we're not quite right.

Some more...

http://billphotography.com/gallery/p...lleryID=312139
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:03 PM   #79
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I had to skip 90% of the thread. That is I read the first post and here I am.

I'll not take the low road on this. I'll explain what I see as the benifit of a sidecar.

I have had my Ural Gear Up for less than 2 months. It's my first motorcycle.

In less than 2 moths have logged over two thousand miles. Because the Gear Up can't do Interstate speeds I have seen parts of the country I normally would have missed if I was on the interstate.

What I gain from having a 3rd wheel is...

1. Storage. I have a full supply of food, beer, camping gear and emergency
supplies.

2. Security. While I may not be taking twists at 60 mph, I'm sitting upright in comfort with a larger profile that the average bike. I take up a lane. I'm visible.

3. Fuel. I can pack on enough fuel to make a serious trip. No over planning for the long stretch. I KNOW I have enough juice on board to make it through 400 miles without finding a station or flagging down a motorist for help or a hitch.

4. Companionship. Even with everything I have on the bike for a long trip, I can still pack a person (or dog) to have along for help, conversation or support if anything goes south. If you've broken down in the middle of nowhere, you've probably sat on the side of the road wishing there was someone to help you pass the time or help solve the problem...

5. Going slow is a blessing. Like it was stated in ZATAOMM, we look to make good time... with the emphasis on "good".

Getting there is not the goal. Going there is.





I forgot.... I have 2WD. I'm going places you couldn't imagine in a 2 wheel machine.

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Old 09-11-2008, 10:22 PM   #80
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner
Sidecar sillyness



I'm sorry but I just can't understand why anyone would want to do that to a two wheel vehicle. To me it defeats the whole purpose of having a motorcycle. Putting a third wheel makes the motorcycle inherently less stable for handling, especially while cornering.
Why not get a little convertible instead?
Much safer and probably as much fun!?
Lies and fallacies.

You've never seen a well set up rig powerslide through a corner. My rig is planted enough that i can pretty well laugh at any speed limit through all but the tightest corners, it handles that well. There are better performing and handling rigs out there than mine, by far.

A stinkbox miata ain't got nothing on me. I certainly can't afford the gas costs of a Mustang V8.

Each sidecar rig is different, unique. No two are the same, even from the same manufacturer. Solo bike riders must get real confused quick when faced with a sea of identical looking bikes outside a bike meet huh? No problem for us.

I'm on my 3rd rig at age 40. I'm a little ahead of myself for the stereotypical need for a third wheel, i know. Forgive me. I've had fun on all three, and it's a different sort of fun from solo riding.

I have had a mid 80's cruiser in the garage the past few years, just needing a little elbow grease to put the bike on the road, but all that is lacking is motivation. Instead, I've even briefly entertained the thought of flexi-hacking that too. Three wheels at this time is simply more fun. For me. I don't care what you do, and you shouldn't either. Whatever floats your boat, knock yourself out.

If you really have to ask, you probably won't understand. Sorry, but sidecarring may not be for you. Sorry for your loss.

Nice fishing trip you got going here though.. what brand of troll bait is that your using?
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:24 PM   #81
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Why is everyone under the impression that sidecar rigs are slow in the twisties?
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:06 PM   #82
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Why is everyone under the impression that sidecar rigs are slow in the twisties?
... You?... of course "not slow"... the magician of sidecar!!!

How are you Claude?

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Old 09-15-2008, 06:07 AM   #83
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... You?... of course "not slow"... the magician of sidecar!!!

How are you Claude?

Ara & Spirit
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Between having a stint put in my carodid artery and a coupel of kidney stones all is well...LOL.
TALK ABOUT SIDECAR SILLINESS...I hear you are coming east next year? If so we are planning a Labrador Highway trip and possible a run up the James Bay road ..... CALL ME!!
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