2012 Sidecar Rally photo dump

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Motoblag, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Motoblag

    Motoblag Replacing skill with will

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    I planned on going to the National Sidecar Rally in Coeur d'Alene, ID back when I was about 80 miles south in Pullman, WA, but life has taken me to Portland, OR in the meantime. Not gonna let that stop me!

    After inspecting the rig with my new lower mounts to prevent the slipping I was seeing and mangled J-bar after the Black Dog Rally, I took off down I-84. While the Scrambler doesn't have a lot of power to spare, it was keeping up with traffic and then some.

    After a stop at Connell, WA I was drinking a Powerade after gassing up and inspecting the rig. I looked at the pusher tire and saw a block was trying to separate. :huh I took a closer look and saw a few lugs had already parted ways with the tire! :eek1 I get on the horn with my buddy north of Spokane, WA and tell him to start looking for a tire for me.

    Driving down the road I could tell when lugs fells off because the tire started to sound different. It was almost every 20 minutes or so it would change pitch and I'd say "Yep, another one bites the dust!" :lol3

    I make it to my friend's place which is certainly adequate for a tire change:

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    An example of a missing lug:
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    When I took the tire off I noticed that half the tire was missing almost every lug. So the thing was out of balance to boot!

    Soon, Larry comes riding up on his Super Tenere:
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    A tire change later on his garage floor, I realize it's too late to head to the rally and I got treated to dinner and a tour of my hosts' great new home. After dinner we watch the storms roll over Spokane and Post Falls. There was some very impressive lightning. Oh, did I mention there was a storm warning for a good chunk of north Idaho and eastern Washington? Flash floods, heavy rains and lightning storms. Usual rally fare, to my understanding. :lol3

    I show up on Friday morning:
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    Saw the dog hauler there:
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    Lots of rigs!
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    Here's my rig, staking out a spot for my tent:
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    A gorgeous Watsonian/Thunderbird combo:
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    Jay from DMC was there giving a sidecar tech talk:
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    Another Bonnie rig!
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    This one looks familiar!
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    A Flexit!
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    Rider education represented, too! A bit of a tough sell to get folks from way out east to take a course in Idaho, though.
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    I had to bail out early so I recognized a lot of rigs but couldn't talk to the riders. I did manage a nice ride over to Missoula and over Lolo Pass for my other obligation that weekend.

    I hope other folks had a good time as well!
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  2. shortstuff

    shortstuff Adventurer

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  3. shortstuff

    shortstuff Adventurer

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    Thanks to Billie and Dave for hosting the USCA rally 2012 in Coeur d'Alene. Thanks also to Bonnie, Larry, Tom & June and everyone else that did so much work to help make the rally a success. We enjoyed our time in CDA.
    thanks BA & G
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  4. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    Ah - there's not many places that photo could come from, eh? :evil
    Got my pic's uploaded tonight, will do a little trip report tomorrow night, maybe. :*sip*

    ...but if we're gonna' start in on Che...
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    :smooch
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  5. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    Motoblag - good talking with you over cigars and under the awning. Sorry I missed your stuff, but the rain... :baby I was tired of it. :lol3
    Coming home, the blah and dark settled in the moment I crossed at White Pass. :1drinkGuess that's why it's called the Pacific NorthWet... an' prolly why anything over ~75*F is "hot" in my books. :evil

    Seeya' down the road sometime - keep the shiny side UP. *definitely does NOT mean you have to keep the rubber down... :webers
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  6. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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  7. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Damn it,I wish I could have made it!!.
    Maybe Black Sunshine could have won another trophy !!
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  8. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    :umph rub it in... why don'tcha?!?​

    :wave Hiya Allan! :fyyff​
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  9. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    A few of my pics. I'll try not to duplicate.


    Nice R1100R rig with what ? Is that an EZS?

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    Here's another of the same rig.

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    A very nice V-Strom/Hannigan set-up that my picture makes look ordinary. Sorry.

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    Moto Guzzi Quota with a crazy 21" front wheel that wears a 90mm tire--tallest skinniest looking thing I've ever seen on Guzzi.

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    Near and dear to my heart--an 1150GS with a DMC M72. Fabulous paint job evoking an old British bike. Oh, and there's my bike right behind it!--

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    1200GS with DMC M72 and dog. This rig used to be Jay Giese's personal outfit--

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    Another 1150GS--that's an Aeroflow "half fairing" painted silver on the bottom. Gives it a retro look--

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    Inmate Square4 and his 1150GSA--

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    This Ural rig is for sale by inmate IvanRider in the Flea Market--

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    And lastly, here's me and my rig heading towards the rally on Thursday--

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  10. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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    Yes, it is an EZS
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  11. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    The R and the RSL were both EZS sidecars.

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