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Old 07-31-2011, 12:27 AM   #16
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Great report - beautiful scenery!
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:50 AM   #17
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Great report .
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:36 AM   #18
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Great report .
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i agree
nice that they took their Nikon D60 along
a great camera
well done
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:25 AM   #19
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Great post...wish we had such great riding weather here.

Most of all love your Panzer with the front car tire...something to think of for my next winter project!

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Old 08-01-2011, 03:56 PM   #20
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Finally! The finale!


So what we confidently thought would be our last day on the road dawned bright and clear once more.



Bruce did a final inspection before we left.



I finally got around to charging up the GoPro, and mounted it on the top box.





This was the only photo it took before it fell off again. I remounted it on the nose, with more success.



“Look, Ropey, a deer!!”




We were heading for Mazama, along beautiful mountain roads.



Stopping only to check out some other possible camping spots …



… and for Bruce to practice to his wheelies.



It was a beautiful morning, and though we were slightly sad to be getting to the end of our trip, we were feeling proud of the stuff we had done, very happy how Bruce had got on and thoroughly content with our lot.

And then …



On a straight, thankfully wide, stretch of gravel road, the bottom fell out of my world …. The bike suddenly dropped to the ground, and slewed off violently to the left. Bruce and I got it back straight again and brought it to a halt. Initially, it felt like the wheel had come off, but on closer inspection I found all the wheels intact.

But not the rear shock.



First order of business was to have a cup of tea. Then check phone signals. No charge. Okay, charge the phone, and check for phone signals. Nothing. Oh, it’s going to be a long day … I got to work pulling the shock out, so at least it would roll again. Bruce was a big help.

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Old 08-01-2011, 04:06 PM   #21
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As I am working, Sunny says “You are not going to believe this!” and around the corner comes another R100GS sidecar rig … what are the chances?!

SidecarDoug, take a bow!



Doug kept us company for an hour or so, and helped pull the old shock off. A passing Jeeper helpfully suggested that I knock Doug over the head and steal the shock off his bike to get us back on the road, but we would never do that to a fellow sidecarist! Besides, it wouldn’t have fitted …



Thanks for the help and the company, Doug, and it was great to meet you!

Having accepted that this thing wasn’t going to get out of the woods under it’s own power, we decided that I should run for help, while Sunny stayed with the bike, and Bruce provided protection.

To cut a long and frustrating story short, I took Sunny’s bike down into Winthrop, and started a fruitless search for a U-Haul. Winthrop didn’t have one, the closest was 60 miles away in Omak, and they weren’t answering their phone. The little old lady in the information couldn’t scrounge up a trailer for us, though she tried very hard, and after an hour, and not wanting Sunny and Bruce stranded a moment longer, I engaged the services of the local tow company. Just before we left, I finally got hold of the Omak U Haul, and organised a truck and trailer for the next day – they wouldn’t stay open and wait for me today. This was going to be a long and expensive day!

The flat bed driver, whose name I am embarrassed to say I can’t remember, followed me back up the road for the best part of an hour to the scene of the incident, and thankfully, Sunny and Bruce were there safe waiting for us.



The bike was ignominiously hauled aboard, while I went looking for missing parts.



Ah, motorcycling makes me so happy!



Sunny followed, while Bruce and I rode in the cab, and back down to Winthrop we went.



This was only half our problem solved, it was now late afternoon, and we had one bike, two people and a dog and nowhere to sleep for the night. Sunny rang round and found us all a bed for the night, while our saviour tow truck driver waited patiently, and then gave us a ride down to the motel. Top guy, wish I could thank him by name.

The next day, instead of going back to work, I awoke in Winthrop, hopped on the DRZ and rode over the Loup Loup pass to Omak. Maybe there was an upside to this after all. At the Uhaul I ummed and ahhed about which trailer to rent, the utility trailer looked too narrow and the car hauler looked too wide. Of course, I had neglected to measure anything …

In the end I stumped for the car hauler, ‘Junior’ was called upon to pick the DRZ up and put it in the back of the truck, and I went back over Loup Loup to pick up Sunny and Bruce. From there we went to the storage yard where my sidecar languished.

A lot of huffing and puffing and it was loaded, with an inch or so to spare between the wheels. It was close but it would work.




And so finally, what should have been a glorious finale, riding back over Highway 20 like Hannibal riding his elephant over the Alps, was a little more subdued in our Uhaul.



We still did a little sightseeing …



… and Bruce made himself comfortable as usual …



… and before we knew it we were home.



Ta Tonka the sidecar may be injured and skulking in the garage right now, but beware. Like Chuck Norris, it isn’t sleeping … it’s just waiting …
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:14 PM   #22
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again,
i've loved this thread
i am terribly sorry about the UN-SHOCKING ending to your adventure
glad that it "worked out" in the end
please keep us informed of the "FIX"
even in your garage

again..... thanks for sharing
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:18 PM   #23
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Looks like a great adventure. Sorry that you broke down, that looked expensive. What type of headlights are you running on the bike and where can I get a set?
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:20 PM   #24
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Thanks for all the kind words, glad we could share our trip.

The breakdown at the end was okay really, at least it was the last day not the first! I am un swayed in my new found love of sidecars, and we'll be back out there soon!
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:57 PM   #25
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Glad I could be of any assistance. Enjoyed meeting you two, er, three.

I was surprised as well coming around a corner to see another dual sport rig and more surprised when I learned you were broken down.

My view coming on the scene. It looked like a sale yard Not good
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:01 PM   #26
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There wasn't much I could do. No cell service for me either. We did get the shock free after unwinding about a mile of safety wire. Having the shock out let the rig roll, but it was not going anywhere under its own power.

Ian and Sunny had a great attitude about the breakdown. There were smiles as I was leaving. Glad to hear you made it home eventually. I brought my rig home in a truck once after the gearbox grenaded..Still ain't nothing like three wheels in the mountains.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:17 PM   #27
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Great read, even with the unfortunate ending.
Hope the girl gets fixed up soon and you get back out and about.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:28 AM   #28
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Awesome ride report and Bruce is my new hero!

I am taking a sidecar class in September in hopes of getting a Ural and hitting the road with my Great Dane. After looking at Bruce sacked out in the hack, I think Cash will be able to fit in one.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:31 AM   #29
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Bummer about the sudden end to the fun.
After you get the shock back , maybe it would be worth making a strut the same length as the shock to bring along in case this ever happens again. Who knows, maybe just being prepared for it would warn off the broken shocks demons and you'd never need to use it.
Also do you have a sissor jack in the car ? Light weight and handy.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:54 PM   #30
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Looks like a great adventure. Sorry that you broke down, that looked expensive. What type of headlights are you running on the bike and where can I get a set?
It's sad to see me old rig broken down like that. The headlights are from an R65 and have become very expensive, like $500.00 each from BMW.
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