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Old 11-04-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Claude of CSM

About a month ago I wrote to Claude about a body he had. He said it was sold but he had another but it was kinda rough, so he sent me some pics and it was just what I wanted. I just couldn't get there right away. Claude said no problem even though he could have sold it to someone else. This past wednesday I called Claude about coming down to see him over the weekend and plans were made. Saturday morning I headed out at 4:30 am and made good time on the four and a half hour drive to CSM. At around 8:00 I made the call to Claude that I had arrived, this man was more than happy to put on a pot of coffee and open his shop to me on his day off. These are the type of things to look at when you are looking for a shop to do any kind of work for you. This man truly loves what he does. I could have spent the whole day there talking about building sidecars and awesome bikes!
I just wanted to thank Claude for all his time and for helping me with all his top secret info.
Great guy. Awesome shop.
Highly recommended.
Thanks Dan
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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When in the market for my hack Claude was by far the most generous with his time and advice. Even though I went with a Hannigan (to keep my gun dog from jumping out when he spotted critters to chase), when it came time to make improvements to the rig Claude was the one I went to.

Nothing about his shop is mass-produced off-the-shelf. Everything is a work of art!
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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Yup, I'll add my kudos too! Claude and his crew are "old" school - insuring quality and customer satisfaction. Great gentlemen.... and ladies too!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
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Never met him in person, but

I can tell from his posts that he is a good guy and has a passion for what he does. He shares his knowledge and seems to respond fairly quickly.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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He gets my vote,he and Brock of Side Effects were very helpful when there really wasn't any monetary rewards involved, He put me to work on his GS and the office manager almost convinced my dog that he should stay there when I picked up my rig.DB
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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I dropped off my r1200GSA with Claude in June, I picked up the rig he built for me last Friday. I wish I knew how to post pictures cause all you would have to do is see the pics and you would know he is truly an artist, I cant tell you how happy I am. Want to thank his crew, I know this was a team effort, THANK YOU ALL Jack
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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I dropped off my r1200GSA with Claude in June, I picked up the rig he built for me last Friday. I wish I knew how to post pictures cause all you would have to do is see the pics and you would know he is truly an artist, I cant tell you how happy I am. Want to thank his crew, I know this was a team effort, THANK YOU ALL Jack
Wow...thanks guys for all the kind words. We have made alot of good friends through this business and hope to make many more. There is much more to this than just trying to make a living and keep the lights burning. Yes, it is a team effort. A huge part of that 'team' is the one who is trusting us to build a sidecar outfit that will be what they want.

Jack's outfit..with Jack on trailer






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Old 11-05-2012, 07:41 AM   #8
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Claude,

Is that my Bonneville in one of the pictures? You have been working on it!! Yoohooo!!!

Btw, guys, I am the guinea pig for Claude's new design. Kind of his idea of an old school, Watsonian style, side car...

Can't wait to see it!

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #9
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Nice rig!! The man does good work..A few years ago when I washaving major problems with my rig.The builder wasn't very helpful at all.I called claude asked for some help or info on fixing my problem..Never met him or talked to him before,but he treated me like an old friend gave me the info I needed to fix it right the first time...I will make to his shop next year on my first East Coast trip....
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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Hi Claude

I plan on passing through your neck of the woods next year on my way down to the U.S.C.A. National in Arkansas so I guess I will have to stop and check out the shop.

By the way nice work as usual.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:03 PM   #11
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Hi Claude

I plan on passing through your neck of the woods next year on my way down to the U.S.C.A. National in Arkansas so I guess I will have to stop and check out the shop.

By the way nice work as usual.
Be looking forward to seeing you again Dana. Been a while.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:41 PM   #12
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I'll add that Claude's grand fun to listen to. His interview still stands in the top 5 on wheelnerds.

Chuck: "Could I attach a sidecar to Buell Ulysses?"
(pregnant pause)
Claude (disbeleiving): "Could... you?"
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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Wheres the sidecar Nationals at?
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #14
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Wheres the sidecar Nationals at?
Mountain View, AR.
I'm about 45 miles away. Fairly new to hacks but my wife and I expect to help with the event.
pm me if I can be of any assistance.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:03 AM   #15
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Mountain View, AR.
I'm about 45 miles away. Fairly new to hacks but my wife and I expect to help with the event.
pm me if I can be of any assistance.
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What he said.
The thread with all of the information is on the U.S.C.A. site http://sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/thr...sts=10&start=1
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