Dogs on Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Photos' started by gec343, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. sallydog

    sallydog 80 miles a day for 41 months

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    really looks good but i think it needs a front just to keep the sides solid. something U shape, about an inch or 2 around. i say this because i have been using aluminum for over 200k miles and your dogs weight alone leaning on the side will start to push it out over the miles. anything over 30 minutes and he will probably start to sit down or lean on the side and sleep. also braking will cause him to slide forward and a 1 or 2 " lip will keep him and his pad from sliding forward. something to think about. vibration with your dog leaning on a side maybe in a turn will put more stress than you think on those front welds. those 2 welds should come as far forward as possible and wrap around under the bottom an inch. just speaking from experience here

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  2. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    You are absolutely correct; it will have a front lower lip, both for a bit of lateral stability and to give Charlie something to brace against when the pace gets "spirited". This was the weak point with the PVC crates I cobbled together; I reinforced them as well as I could, and they never failed, but it was always in the back of my mind and always kept me feeling around with my shoulders for the top corners to make sure that everything was still in order "back there".

    If Charlie was smaller, I would love to have an enclosed crate, but then again, I don't think that she would put up with being confined for a second, especially considering her origins. She's all about charking into the wind...

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  3. Jimmythechiz

    Jimmythechiz Been here awhile

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    Compound curves in aluminum going to look pretty lux!
    When you get it mounted,can you show how it went?
    I'd like to eventually make up a wok-box in aluminum,for weight savings (and cool factor haha)
  4. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    Lucy with the wind in her hair
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  5. Jimmythechiz

    Jimmythechiz Been here awhile

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    20170911_205031.jpg Hatchback now.
  6. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Nearing completion; is Jason the fab guy a wizard or what? I can't imagine what he could do with a set of panniers, engine guards, etc...

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  7. Wierdrider

    Wierdrider Been here awhile

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    Nobody I know, they were leaving as I rode up. Looked like a Jack Russell IMG_3697.JPG
  8. JimRidesThis

    JimRidesThis Local celebrity

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    Me too, it's a classic!

    I'm going to post you a picture of my best friend ever, Spike. Probably going to have to hold back the emotions because we lost him a couple of months ago, just coming up to 7 years old. I've had dogs all my life and have been lucky enough to have had two of those 'extra special' ones. All dogs have a personality, but occasionally you come across one that has a very special affinity with people, other dogs, life. I dunno, it's hard to define, but you dog owners will know what I mean. Spike was one of those dogs. And then some.

    So, for those of you who worry about the risk (your dog or others), remember that if your dog wants to ride and you let it, I like to think that it's their choice as much as yours. Your dog isn't into risk assessment.

    Spike never got on my bike. I think he might have enjoyed it, he always wanted to be with me, but he was a big Lurcher (greyhound cross) and I don't have a rig so it wasn't an option.

    One morning in July we noticed he was a bit lethargic and off his food. Both things got the alarm bells ringing and we took him straight to the vet. A week later we had him put to sleep and I'm not ashamed to say I sobbed like a child. For what seemed like days. From healthy dog, full of life and vitality to dead on one very, very, very long week. He'd got a condition called Immune Mediated Hemophylic Anemia. Basically his immune system started attacking his red blood cells. Never heard of it before and the most common reason is... one day the immune system just decides that's what it's going to do! WTF!

    Whether your dog rides with you or not, just enjoy the time you have with it. Every minute.

    I'm not over Spike. I don't think I ever will be. People ask me 'are you getting another dog?', my reply 'Don't want another dog, I just want Spike back'. (We've got another Lurcher too, a bitch called Jibba Jabba (another story) and she has a very sweet nature, but not the same engaging personality as Spike). When I start feeling emotional about him I try to remember that we had the privilege of 7 years with the little guy. We gave him love and a rich and entertaining life and he did the same for us. It's hard though.

    I'm not religious, but if there is a heaven I feel certain it's where dogs end up, not people.

    Okay, enough of me pouring out this drivel. I've not really discussed this topic online and it's been a bit cathartic so I thank you for indulging me. And with that, here he is...

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    The day we picked him up from the rescue centre where he was born.

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    With my Mum, who passed away in March (It's been an eventful year!)

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    With his favourite teddy bear ;) the big soft lump!

    Thanks so much for those 7 years Spike. I'm devastated it ended how it did, my poor wee boy.

    Over and out.
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    JimRidesThis Local celebrity

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    It's brilliant to know she made it through :wings. I contributed at the time :thumb
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    Dao1 Been here awhile

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    She just turned 49 (dog) yrs old recently...so, we celebrated w/ a nice long day ride!
    Best dog ever.
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  11. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Saw this guy in Maggie Valley NC this last weekend. Custom builder. Bob loves his bourbon barrel ride!
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    NxtGoRnd This Time Around

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    His name is James Hatfield... Yeah Hatfield and McCoys he just trade marked Fuedshine. He builds stills as in liquor, that was his inspiration for the build hence all the copper pipes and fender work. He saw my sidecar and dog and came back to talk to us few weeks back I was taking pictures of his rig as he was heading to he hardware I think. He is a Nice guy the bike is a 1100 Shadow if I remember the side car wheel and fender is the back of a Suzuki forget which one.
  13. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Yep, a Shadow. it was pretty trick. The jug up front lights up (LED). Man I would love one! My lab would be right at home but since I just bought a Africa Twin....
    He said he just won a competition and was heading home.
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  14. dogjaw

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    The Charkstream is nearing completion...[​IMG][​IMG]

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  16. sallydog

    sallydog 80 miles a day for 41 months

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    Well it certainly sweet but without a U shape front an inch or 2 those sides will take a beating and when you brake the dog will slide foward. Good luck with it. Keep us updates
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    88Toyota Been here awhile

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    Here's our setup.

    I read one post saying it isn't fair to subject our dogs to the risk of death in an accident. If you saw how excited they were to go for a ride, you'd know it isn't fair to leave them home. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy life WITH your furry family!

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  18. dogjaw

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    what a bunch of happy looking nimrods!

    riding with Charlie is truly the best of both worlds, spending time on the bike AND with the hairy goober, and the looks from cagers are priceless: 40% righteous indignation, "how DARE he!", 40% "that's the coolest thing ever, here, let's run him off the road trying to take a picture", and 20% totally oblivious that there is actually anyone else even on the road other than themselves and their cell phone.

    and...

    "Well it certainly sweet but without a U shape front an inch or 2 those sides will take a beating and when you brake the dog will slide foward. Good luck with it. Keep us updates"


    this isn't our first experiment with this type of set up; the others were made of PVC pipe with open fronts like the aluminum Charkstream, and we have over 5000 miles on the different rigs so far. Charlie puts very little pressure on the sides, and I even used the sides of the PVC rig to hang camping gear on a recent 2500 mile trip out west with no adverse affects.

    When I'm saddled up, my back fills the front and makes the door so I can feel her back there, as she usually rides with her head on my shoulder, whuffling at the wind. I do agree that a brace across the front would be structurally effective, and I have plans to add one should the sides ever show any sign of bowing outward, but that hasn't been the case so far.
    and a brace is something else that Charlie would have to clear when jumping into her carrier; not that big of a deal on the CB1100, but the after a week on the road, the height of the DR650 saddle began to take it's toll on the girl.

    I've got the new Charkstream attached to the CB last night, will sticker her up today and take her on her maiden voyage tonight or tomorrow; I walked out into the garage this AM and Charlie was sitting in it like, "What's the hold up, dad?"
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  19. Jimmythechiz

    Jimmythechiz Been here awhile

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    The Charkstream looks good! I wish my guy was athletic enough to jump in by himself.
  20. avster

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    Got to say, I don't think you are taking your responsibility towards Charlie seriously.

    Why are you waiting to sticker it up when she wants to ride NOW?

    :-)
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