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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by GSBS, Jan 14, 2011.
Hi, I have a Harley sidecar and was wondering how easy it is for your dogs to get into yours. Do you help them in or do they just jump over the side? I have a nine year old 90 lb. Lab mix and don't see an easy way to get him in mine. At his age I'm not sure I'll try to teach him any new tricks. Thanks, Dave
My two golden retrievers are completely different. They are both almost 5 and the female - Bailey - jumps right in without hesitation. In fact, if she's in the garage and I make a move toward the hack she's in there waiting to be harnessed up. My male - Roscoe - who is 10 pounds heavier and 6 months younger, has never been able to make the leap of faith over the side to get in by himself. I have to put his front paws over and then lift up his rear in and put him in. He loves it once he's in though! Neither of them has any issues with jumping over the side to disembark. Whenever they're riding with me I use harnesses with a webbed strap and D-ring that comes off their back (these are made for hooking dogs into car seat belts). For Bailey, who rides in the front, I have two webbed straps that are about half the width of the sidecar and anchored to the side of the sidecar with eyebolts. On the end of each strap is a brass snap hook that I put thru the D-ring on her harness. For Roscoe, I have an eyebolt mounted in the floor of the sidecar behind him with a doggie seat belt buckle that works more or less lie a car and snaps in place when it is slid over the D-ring on his harness. This allows both dogs to move a bit and to lay down if they want, but not get more than a paw over the side. We've been doing it with this system for a little over two years with no incidents.
Good Luck with yours!
BTW, the only reason I retrofitted the Harley body was because the stock Velorex one barely had room for one pup. With the Harley body there's plenty of room for both plus my camping gear when traveling. Pic of the rig before the Harley body was fitted:
Thanks for the information, the Harley tub does look good with your bike and certainly looks like your dogs enjoy it. I'm not sure my dog will go for the harness, he is a retired guide dog. I tried to put one of those car safety harnesses on him one time and he did not like it, he thought I was going to make him work again.
Teach one of your dogs to ride up front and be a hood ornament on your rig. My dog, Murph, is in training for such. First step is to get him used to riding up there. Second step is to threaten him to ride like Clark Griswold's dog from National Lampoon's Vacation. Yeah, that should motivate him pretty well.
Great thread-post you guys.
Inspiring. I modified some kayaks back in the 1970's- 80's and played with fiberglass and worked in body shops.....
your giving me some sick, twisted ideas...
I'd like to abuse this thread for a little question:
Anyone here with a Ural Sidecar who has a Wife/GF AND a dog? Does it fit? GF is std. size 5f 6" and the dog is a somewhat small Berner Sennen (Swiss Herding Dog) but not a small dog per se.
Is anyone here able to tell me if they would be comfortable for one-day or week-end vacations in a standard ural sidecar? If they both really like it, I may just have to hack my BMW GS for longer trips... But I'd love to own a Ural!
My wife rides with our 21 lb jack Russell on her lap in my 2006 patrol. This should not be done while wearing shorts. When there is a squirrel in the parking the dog acceleration across her legs is impressive. Jimmy Dog is leashed so he cannot get out of the sidecar but he did put some good claw marks on sweeties legs.
My wife is 5'1" it's a full sidecar with the dog on her lap. Both can keep behind the windscreen. There is not enough room for the dog to get down in the seat or nose of the sidecar. The tiring thing is hanging onto the dog. He jumps up to bark at bicycles etc....
Hmm, on the lap won't be acceptable for me with a 28kg dog. She should be able to sit on the floor between my GFs legs. But I think it might be uncomfortable for her to do longer rides like this. :/
I doubt a 26kg dog would fit with your wife's legs in the nose of the chair.
In the picture in my mind only her feet are in the sidecar's nose and the dog is sitting (read: Head in the wind) between her knees since the sidecar is wider here. Maybe I'll just have to tell her to keep the right foot out of the sidecar like I (1.90m, 100kg) have to when I ride in a Ural sidecar.
I really hope it fits, otherwise the Ural will be for me and 4paws and I'll have to put a rig on the GS for all of us together. But then I'll need a new Solo-GSs...
Nope. Not gonna fit that way. The only way they'll fit is if the dogs sits backwards with his tail in the nose and his head on your girlfriend's lap.
Your option is to go to work with a cutting torch and open up the back of the sidecar so you can have the GF sitting more to the rear. But then that might put too much weight outside the triangle. So, no, not gonna fit in a Ural. You need a double wide sidecar.
Damn... So I'll have to get a ural for me and Josephine and a Sidecar for the GS for all of us... well.. where's my credit card?
I've seen companys around here that widen Ural sidecars. Problem is they then get wider then long and they become ugly as fuck. So that's not an option.
Just buy a Chinese CJ body with the rumble/dickie seat option, problem solved.
Wife in the front, dog sits in the back.
Hmm, that looks great. She won't like having the dog in eye-sight but that maybe the best option yet. I could probably just do that to a ural boat myself if I won't find a cheap chinese body - I'll have to talk to my local TÜV about that. That just got my hopes up, thanks!
We don't want to be away for weeks or month all together, I'll do those rides with the dog by myself. I'm just looking for a way to get all of us in a Ural for a weekend get-away. So it just needs to be 95% perfect.