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Old 08-07-2011, 05:59 AM   #1
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Disco Takes Her First Ride

Our almost 7 year Portuguese Water Dog, Disco:





i finally took her for a ride in the sidecar rig
about 20 miles in total
i used my new pentax optio wg-1
shooting while riding (not a great idea)
but... slow roads, little to no traffic
here's some of what i captured
thanks for taking a look

a bit apprehensive before the ride


already "twisted" in the harness, but enjoying being "out in the breeze"


enjoying every bit of the fresh that this kind of experience can provide


her doggles crooked, but enjoying every single mile


at clearwater beach... no dogs allowed


taking it all in... a bit of a "posterization" effect


one more... with the trolley waiting for us to move


we had a nice time... both of us
for Disco's maiden voyage... another longer trip coming soon
thanks for taking a look... i appreciate it
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:05 AM   #2
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Looks like your passenger is having a good time in your new addition.

Your car looks wider than usual. Is this a Claude design from PA?

What has your mpg settled in at?

Hope you don't mind the questions but your rig is very interesting looking.

thanks
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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thanks for your kinds words
1. claude creates wonderful rigs, but this one is from JAY and BARRY at DMC Sidecars
2. it IS their new "wider" variety.... the M72DX (jpalamar/John and i got the first 2 made)
3. as for MPG issues (with the SCREEN DOWN, as putting it up really affects the mileage and the handling in a negative way)
at 50-62 or so... 34 mpg
at 65-75 or so... 29 mpg
at 80-85 or so... 24 mpg

but.....
remember that i have an '11 gs-adventure
only 3,000 miles on the clock so far
i know that it'll get far better as the engine breaks in

as a point of reference... i think that the mileage decreases, at any given mph, by about 7-10 because of the sidecar
but.....
that is on:
MY bike
MY rig
windscreen DOWN

again....
thanks for taking the time to look and comment
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:13 AM   #4
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I Need A Disco

Crapola! A dog with goggles just too cool. Sure, now you not only have the DMC-Delay Factor (affectionately stolen from UDF, but abbreviated DMCDF groan). So, I'm doing my best to hang in there keeping up with you so have a WTB in Flea Market. Disco has put you way ahead, tho' minus 2 points for the posterized pix! Curse you Red Baron!
WTB in NEFL: Dog, animal, critter, reptile that does not bark, drool, defecate, bite, chew, strike or require any attention. Must fit in standard sized side car and draw attention of interesting people.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:23 AM   #5
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truthfully... i got 100 more looks on this ride than i do alone...
i've told for years that i'm "uglier than a dog"
now.... there is (albeit unscientific) proof
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:29 AM   #6
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thanks for your kinds words
1. claude creates wonderful rigs, but this one is from JAY and BARRY at DMC Sidecars
2. it IS their new "wider" variety.... the M72DX (jpalamar/John and i got the first 2 made)
3. as for MPG issues (with the SCREEN DOWN, as putting it up really affects the mileage and the handling in a negative way)
at 50-62 or so... 34 mpg
at 65-75 or so... 29 mpg
at 80-85 or so... 24 mpg

but.....
remember that i have an '11 gs-adventure
only 3,000 miles on the clock so far
i know that it'll get far better as the engine breaks in

as a point of reference... i think that the mileage decreases, at any given mph, by about 7-10 because of the sidecar
but.....
that is on:
MY bike
MY rig
windscreen DOWN

again....
thanks for taking the time to look and comment
Greg has the new, improved DOHC hexhead while my rig has the tired-iron hexhead in the '07.

Here are some unofficial numbers on a hexhead with 6500 miles only. My gradation not as detailed as Greg's, but my riding style never got great mpg on the ADV sans hack. No hack, mixed driving, interstate, errands, etc. best I ever got was 39-40. I enjoy whacking the throttle a lot. The same mixed riding with the hack, 34-35 mpg. Cruising the interstate, no hack, best I'd ever get was about 36-37, depending on wind. That's riding 80-85+ mph. With the hack, same speeds, mpg drops to 31 mpg.

After coming back from Daytona Beach from Jacksonville yestday, at 85, in 100 degree weather and a headwind, all I can say is I wish I had the K1600's engine in the hack!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:54 AM   #7
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Nice pics Greg, good to see she likes it so much
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:06 AM   #8
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thanks so much
if the heat index weren't 106 at the very moment (only 1:06 pm), i'd take her for another ride
not sure how my 1 year old aussie.... JACK will do
we'll "test him out" soon
i appreciate the look and comment
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #9
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Greg..thanks for the pictures. My golden retriever [Hogan] hates anything that moves. A struggle to get him in the car to go to the vet...he won't come near my hack.

John...the fact that you hang out at Harbor Freight and not Clearwater beach may have more to do with Greg's appeal than Disco...just sayin.

Ride on boys. Thanks for the share.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:24 AM   #10
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Greg..thanks for the pictures. My golden retriever [Hogan] hates anything that moves. A struggle to get him in the car to go to the vet...he won't come near my hack.

John...the fact that you hang out at Harbor Freight and not Clearwater beach may have more to do with Greg's appeal than Disco...just sayin.

Ride on boys. Thanks for the share.
thanks for the kind words...
love the comment about john and harbor freight
heat index only 95 right now
thinking about riding my GT tonight
haven't even been on the bike since the rig got home.... not surprisingly... still sad, however
sorry about hogan and the hack
not sure i'll take my aussie (Jack) for a ride any time soon
at age 1.... not sure he'd even behave
plus..... his fur would be flying around EVERYWHERE, potentially choking anyone behind me with his/her window open
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:13 PM   #11
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You mean you have an Australian Cattledog ( or Australian Sheperd )?

Blue or Red ??

I'd like to ow a Cattledog, but am afraid I'd have too little time to keep one of a breed like that busy. They are true working dogs !


I walk Evi ( the Dachshund ) an hour every day ( up to the point that -after me having a week off and walking her more often- she refused to go out with me "again" ) but I doubt it would be enough for an Ozzi.

I have a colleague ( is that spelled correct :? I doubt it ) that's waiting for one, I think the litter was born this weekend so a couple of weeks waiting for her.

Please post a pic !!
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:34 PM   #12
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You mean you have an Australian Cattledog ( or Australian Sheperd )?

Blue or Red ??
i need better pictures of jack
i have them
can't remember where
sorry for this blurry one
he's a red merle australian shepherd with 2 red eyes:

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Old 08-07-2011, 01:36 PM   #13
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as for walking your dachshund a mile..... that's like 100 miles for a dog with "regular" legs....
i love dachshunds
when my 17 year old was younger she always told us that she wanted us to buy her a
dutch hound....
it took YEARS for us to determine about what breed she was speaking
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:31 PM   #14
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AWESOME, GREG!

Barley will finish this year with well over 15,000 miles under his collar, and I'm trying to convince Tullamore (my 18 month old field golden) to ride as well. I'd hoped Barley would show him the ropes, but he's the pack leader and is unwilling to share status with another dog. (I picked up the hint when he bared his fangs and did a Cujo imitation as the younger dog approached the hack.)

I'm getting the rig set up for next month's trip to Cape Breton. Looking forward to sitting in my Kermit chair atop the cliffs at Meat Cove, a glass of Merlot in one hand, the other casually caressing Barley's noggin while we watch the sunset...
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:09 PM   #15
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Great Pictures Greg...love your Doggie. Got to have one..maybe a Dachshund for which I had several. Your rig as usual is gorgeous...and see your're getting lots of attention.
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