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Old 12-13-2008, 09:41 PM   #16
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GSBS, I think you will soon be able to have a taste of driving a hack. In March of this year I picked up my 2000 ST1100 at Hannigan's Motorsports in Murray, Ky after they added a 2008 Astro sidecar. In June an old riding buddy from Oz and I took off on a 15,000 plus miles trip, covering 17 or 18 states, including Alaska and I think 10 Canadian provinces. We split the driving duties and neither of us had owned a hack before. My only experience was getting to drive an old BMW rig for a few miles, hated it! I am only now really beginning to enjoy the hack, it took a lot of getting used to for me. I don't think my aussie buddy would ever own a hack. Having said that I am finding it is great for all sorts of chores and is really great for traveling. BTW I am located in Murfreesboro, Tn., not too far away, let me know if you don't get your ride.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:05 AM   #17
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Thumb Many Thanks to Yankee Dog...

Yesterday afternoon he took me for a tour of his neighborhood in his Gear Up Ural sidecar rig and then let me take the controls in a large parking lot for a taste of hack-dom.

The one word that comes to mind to describe my first sidecar experience - squirmy. But the brief ride was enough to let me know I wanted more and will be scanning the web for deals on recent model Urals over the winter months.

Thanks again Yankee Dog! Great to meet you and the Missus yesterday
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:04 AM   #18
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GSBS, I think you will soon be able to have a taste of driving a hack. In March of this year I picked up my 2000 ST1100 at Hannigan's Motorsports in Murray, Ky after they added a 2008 Astro sidecar. In June an old riding buddy from Oz and I took off on a 15,000 plus miles trip, covering 17 or 18 states, including Alaska and I think 10 Canadian provinces. We split the driving duties and neither of us had owned a hack before. My only experience was getting to drive an old BMW rig for a few miles, hated it! I am only now really beginning to enjoy the hack, it took a lot of getting used to for me. I don't think my aussie buddy would ever own a hack. Having said that I am finding it is great for all sorts of chores and is really great for traveling. BTW I am located in Murfreesboro, Tn., not too far away, let me know if you don't get your ride.
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Nice rig. I have never seen an ST with a sidecar. It has me thinking.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:09 AM   #19
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Yesterday afternoon he took me for a tour of his neighborhood in his Gear Up Ural sidecar rig and then let me take the controls in a large parking lot for a taste of hack-dom.

The one word that comes to mind to describe my first sidecar experience - squirmy. But the brief ride was enough to let me know I wanted more and will be scanning the web for deals on recent model Urals over the winter months.

Thanks again Yankee Dog! Great to meet you and the Missus yesterday

Good onya' YD.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:42 AM   #20
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Nice rig. I have never seen an ST with a sidecar. It has me thinking.
gec343, actually Dave Keesee, the guy at Hannigan's who put my rig together said he has done more 1300s than 1100s. I have seen several GL1500 & 1800s but only pictures of 1300s with hacks.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:56 AM   #21
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gec343, actually Dave Keesee, the guy at Hannigan's who put my rig together said he has done more 1300s than 1100s. I have seen several GL1500 & 1800s but only pictures of 1300s with hacks.
Gene:

Thanks for that tip. I love my Ural Tourist, but it is not a touring rig, at least in my opinion. The ST1100 & 1300's are the most reliable motorcycles that I know of.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:11 PM   #22
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Yesterday afternoon he took me for a tour of his neighborhood in his Gear Up Ural sidecar rig and then let me take the controls in a large parking lot for a taste of hack-dom.

The one word that comes to mind to describe my first sidecar experience - squirmy. But the brief ride was enough to let me know I wanted more and will be scanning the web for deals on recent model Urals over the winter months.

Thanks again Yankee Dog! Great to meet you and the Missus yesterday
SQUIRMY!!! I dont know what you mean. Thats all part of the Ural experience. But seriously folks after to have ridden a hack for awhile you dont even notice the push and pull related to getting on and off the throttle.

Anyway, it was my great pleasure to show you around the neighborhood and let you test drive the beast.

Good luck in your search.

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