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Old 11-20-2004, 05:35 PM   #31
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This was my first rig- 1966 BMW/2~Ural combo
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Old 11-20-2004, 09:18 PM   #32
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1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador with Spirit of America 'Eagle' sidecar.



Driving a sidecar rig is fun, but it is a different beast. Lots o' practice in a parking lot is essential. Make right turns until you raise the hack's tire off the pavement, and see how you can bring it back to earth. Otherwise, it may happen on a public road, and the wrong reaction could end the ride...um...unpleasantly.
It takes more time to accelerate, more time to brake, garners more attention from kids, women, and people who usually won't approach someone on a bike. Less attention from the leather-bound bad-ass accountants* and their ilk.
(*Not necessarily accountants...you know what I mean!)

Forums & info are here:
http://www.sidecar.com/
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/SCT/
http://www.warkshop.com/sidecarmounting/hinstall.html

Makers:
http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Ec...ries/Sidecars/
(there are more; a Google query should yield more reading material)

There's even a riding class:
http://www.esc.org/sidecar.html

I've only experienced a hack on this old 750cc Ambassador, so I have no idea how driving a new rig on a newer bike feels. No doubt it's better stopping with disk brakes.

Have fun, be safe, let us know if you take the plunge.

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Old 11-30-2004, 09:14 AM   #33
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Take a look at these sites

I think Tim "Pashnit" is an ADVRider member. His site is in the same league, IMHO.

http://www.pashnit.com/bikes/sidecar.htm

Another place you might find some good links is...

http://www.sepnet.com/cycle/index.htm

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Old 12-05-2004, 05:59 PM   #34
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I think Tim "Pashnit" is an ADVRider member. His site is in the same league, IMHO.

http://www.pashnit.com/bikes/sidecar.htm
Indeed! I put that page together in an attempt to create a huge collection of categorized, alphabetized, organized Sidecar links from around the world. Bit hard to maintain links pages but lotsa good info! I recommend starting there for what your query is. Have a ton o pics of sidecars archived too. And started a Sidecar Pic Thread on my new PashnitForum.com. One of these is in my future. Think I may have to repost your pics too if that's okay.

http://www.pashnit.com/bikes/sidecar.htm

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Old 12-05-2004, 08:32 PM   #35
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You never cease to impress, entertain, educate, and amaze.

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Old 12-07-2004, 10:04 AM   #36
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Velorex 562 mounting instructions needed

Speaking of hacks, I'm looking for mounting instructions for my new-to-me Velorex 562. Can someone help me out with a copy?
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Old 12-07-2004, 10:23 AM   #37
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Blue Moon Cycle FS

Check out what Blue Moon has for sale! Mmmm, Sidecars.



http://www.bluemooncycle.com/notable...R75sidecar.htm

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Old 12-07-2004, 10:30 AM   #38
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Old 02-03-2005, 06:31 PM   #39
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Saw this one at Dutch Country 1983

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Old 02-11-2005, 03:02 PM   #40
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That is one of the coolest things i have ever seen. What model of hack is that? How much does it weigh?
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Old 02-11-2005, 03:16 PM   #41
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That is one of the coolest things i have ever seen. What model of hack is that? How much does it weigh?
that is a Sputnik. It weighs more than a Velorex but less than a Ural

Search for my threads here and you will find more info about it. check out my website, I am adding more sidecar pix and some will be of this rig


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Old 07-03-2005, 05:53 PM   #42
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Mr. Cob...

Sent me to here: www.russianiron.com since I acquired a "tourist" sidecar rig. I reaolly wasn't looking for one but it's here now. I was going to install a Ural to a Transalp I have when this deal showed up. If-in we like the side car world we will prolly order a "Gear-up" Ural. Maybe...
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Old 07-04-2005, 07:40 AM   #43
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Sent me to here: www.russianiron.com since I acquired a "tourist" sidecar rig. I reaolly wasn't looking for one but it's here now. I was going to install a Ural to a Transalp I have when this deal showed up. If-in we like the side car world we will prolly order a "Gear-up" Ural. Maybe...
I didn't realize you'd gotten a Ural! How do you like it so far?

Should've come down to Stevenson, WA last week-the USCA National was happening-I have some pictures up here:

USCA National Sidecar Rally

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Old 07-04-2005, 08:43 AM   #44
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Take a siedcar driving class!

By the way, if you haven't done so, take a S/TEP class and learn how to drive that sidecar safely-it is way better than the "bump into things until you figure it out or sell the damn thing way" of learning! Three wheels behave differently than two wheels and there IS a learning curve!

Evergreen Safety Council offers sidecar drivers education in the Seattle area, or you can come to Hood River this October 8~9 and get the same sidecar training from me.

Sidecar Instruction information

Maybe this smells like spam, but I really do think the S/TEP program is the best way to start out driving sidecars, regardless of where you go to take the classes.

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Old 07-04-2005, 09:46 AM   #45
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Hi, Red!

I've yet to ride it as it really needed a lot of work to the engine.
Here is the thread: http://www.russianiron.com/ironforums.htm

It really needed the attention as the prior owner (as Mr. Cob so aply put it) treated it like some Honda.... Add oil, gas and ride and forget about maintenance!

And take a class, I will for sure! I've no idea how to master these beasts and do not want to hurt my dear bride or myself!
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