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Old 08-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #31
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Isn't it great just tooling around backroads with no destination and no timetable? I love northern WA on the dry side.

Great pics of Bruce--what a dog!!

I'll be interested to hear what you think caused the shock to break. Did the shaft actually break or just the mount?
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #32
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Best part of ADV is no matter what your circumstances...good luck or bad and ADV brother is there to help out and provide photographic evidence of your misfortune!

Very good write up! and nice looking rig.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:06 PM   #33
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Hi Bruce...

Wondered about your whereabouts and stumbled onto your misfortune. So sorry...but it's still an Adventure. Glad you didn't have to go 1000 miles to have it fixed like I did in 2009. Curious what actually might have caused the break: corrosion, defective shock, weight...?
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:24 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by whitham_wannabe View Post
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!
How many R100GS sidecar rigs are there in the state? Probably just those two! This really was a freaky freaky thing. And both of you active here in Hacks. Very Twilight Zone-ish.

I wonder if a big wad of JB Weld would have held the shock together good enough to limp into town at 5mph.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:10 AM   #35
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Hauling the rig home is no fun.Been there done that twice last year when things started breaking on my 03 GSA/Ural.Its no fun.But your attitude about it was great.My hats offto you.That was an execellent report you r dog is very cool.Good luck fixing your rig.Time to sit down and have a beer and relax..Good Luck...
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:21 AM   #36
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Check your PM's. I sent you a message . I wanted to help you out with the shock and answer your questions.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:07 PM   #37
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Cool, thanks Chris ... I'll give you a call later.
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