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Old 07-05-2005, 01:54 AM   #46
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I am new to ADVrider but was a bit surprised to find so little about touring with a side car. I currently live in China where all of the big bikes are Chang Jiangs with the odd Ural, Dpner or other brand thrown in.


I currently own two Changs and virtually all of my recent experience has been with these bikes. If you want to know what is hapenning in the three wheel world I can suggest three sites to visit:
www.changjiangunlimited.com
www.silkoffroad.co.kz
and www.china-sidecar.com

You might also follow the adventures of Jim Bryant as he rides on his trans-eurasia ride. Jim is one of the knowledgable Chang riders from Beijing.

Currently, my wife and I are starting to play with the idea of riding our Chang from NE China back to LA, CA via most European countries with visits to Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. Not bad for two old folks (we are both 63).

Hope these sites prove worthwhile.

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Old 07-05-2005, 05:15 AM   #47
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Sidercars I do lovem and would have another - I just sold my GTR1000 outfit to a one legged mate. I thought my family would enjoy it but were only willing to do short trips (ownership became hard to justify) sob.

However I do have first option to re purchse it back

My 6 year old daughter was embarassed to be in it All her freinds thought it was cool...sheesh

Sidecars are noisy for passengers.

Sidecars chug petrol!

Persistence is the key to learning to ride one particularly - when you come from a solo but there are rewards - when you finally stop fighting it and learn to adapt to its errr..... peculiaraities.

Wet roads are fun!

They put you in a different head space - more relaxed - you carry the beer, and ice and the things that fall off the solos.

Everyone wants to talk to you or wave at you (this can be a bit annoying - you learn to be rude)

I really think a powerful engine is important when owning a chair - you need at least 100 hp to mix it with traffic.

Another weird thing is you notice the camber of the road like you have never done before... this is unique.

When it snows sidecars rule!

Gota get another one.
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Old 07-05-2005, 08:46 AM   #48
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I am new to ADVrider but was a bit surprised to find so little about touring with a side car. I currently live in China where all of the big bikes are Chang Jiangs with the odd Ural, Dpner or other brand thrown in.


I currently own two Changs and virtually all of my recent experience has been with these bikes. If you want to know what is hapenning in the three wheel world I can suggest three sites to visit:
www.changjiangunlimited.com
www.silkoffroad.co.kz
and www.china-sidecar.com

You might also follow the adventures of Jim Bryant as he rides on his trans-eurasia ride. Jim is one of the knowledgable Chang riders from Beijing.

Currently, my wife and I are starting to play with the idea of riding our Chang from NE China back to LA, CA via most European countries with visits to Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. Not bad for two old folks (we are both 63).

Hope these sites prove worthwhile.

Regards

Jack
These links are great!
You inspire us younger riders being yur age and still at it. I used to think that 63 is getting up there but at 51 I'm now seeing the 60's as just getting started!!
Ah, youth!
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Old 07-09-2005, 06:29 PM   #49
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Well. Today we rode and rode and rode!!!
I received the new 50 amp Denso Alt from Wag's along with the other parts and finished up this morning.
Here is the list of what we did to him. ("Tzar Nikolai". I name my bikes masculine like Tugboats)
*Alternator was only putting out 20 amps max.
* Head bolts were very very loose.
* 3 valves very tight and one very loose.
* Dirty oil.
* Brakes way out of adjustment.
* That boomerang shaped rear brake linkage in backwards.
* Throttle cables out of adjustment.
* Cracked fuel lines.
* Dirty carbs.
* Leaking petcock.
* Exhaust leak on the Starboard side.
I'm betting we need to adjust brakes and clutch too.
I ran it like I stole it and so far so good!
My son and his buddy are out on it right now.
This will be the real test! They headed up to the Forest Service Roads on the Olympics.



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Old 07-13-2005, 09:09 PM   #50
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I'm riding a hack around the world. It's a 1969 BMW R69S with a mid 70s Jawa sidecar. You can read about the ride on this site under Trans-Eurasia.
There is a big group forum on Yahoo groups called SCT. There are quite a few members from your area (New England). And I just bought a used Ural rig for my "escort" across Mongolia. Paid US$ 380.00 and so far it has been very reliable.
There is also another Yahoo Groups called Dneprheads which I'm sure you'll get some good info.
best of luck to you.
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:38 PM   #51
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I've loved having one around to enjoy with my daughters . . they're getting to the point where they want bikes of their own. Probably will have to sell one of these days to finance that exchange . MY hack is an EML conversion that came as a kit (frame/sidecar/leading link forks/wheels for small sports car tires). You can't take the hack off and ride like a bike but it handles super with this proper setup . Had a K bike with a similar set-up that had more HP but I just prefer the airhead for ease of maintence and tooling around. Bike will cruise around 70MPH at 25 MPG. Not bad, but no racing rig


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Old 07-17-2005, 05:44 PM   #52
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Here's my rig, a '75 R75/6 with a California Companion chair. Keep it mostly as a novelty. Got it cheap and have enjoyed the rides I've taken on it. In fact, this shot was taken on the maiden voyage. Having never ridden a hack, I picked this rig up in Flagstaff and rode it home to Los Angeles. Took it straight down the Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. Cannot tell you how many close calls I had in the first few miles. Requires some practice. Smartest thing I did, and probably the reason I am still walking, is that I read "Driving a Sidecar Outfit" before getting on the thing. Saved my bacon... ( http://www.whitehorsepress.com/produ...oducts_id=1105 )

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Old 07-29-2005, 09:31 PM   #53
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Those chinese, russian and boxer sidecars are cute and yes if you buy one you will be popular and have something unique, they can be made to be reliable and will cover distance... however they do not have the main ingredient to mix it with modern traffic.

Power and brakes

They are fine if you just want to do backroads and have the patience (or are on holidays). But IMHO when talking sidecars nothing nothing beats power and more modern brakes. The pom and europeans understand this eg http://www.merlinsidecars.freeserve.co.uk/ there are also a range of small euro manufactures.

In context with the old school theme, maybe something with a 80's 1000 cc suzuki, kawa or honda engine is a better proposition given modern trafic and road conditions.
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:35 PM   #54
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:21 AM   #55
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does this belong here, or the thumper section?





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Old 08-07-2005, 09:47 AM   #56
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Dang, who did the paint on that chair? I might want to talk to them about doing an R90S.

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Old 08-07-2005, 10:01 AM   #57
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done in manitoba if i remember correctly.
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:09 AM   #58
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done in manitoba if i remember correctly.
Well, that's a little closer to me.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:48 PM   #59
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Hacks are a part of the ADV....and have been for years....we NEED our own forum, so our stuff doesn't get lost and shuffled into mediocrity...
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:59 AM   #60
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+1 For A Hack Forum

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Hacks are a part of the ADV....and have been for years....we NEED our own forum, so our stuff doesn't get lost and shuffled into mediocrity...
Good idea Kliff! Thanks for bumping this old thread!
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