FAIL! GS Sidecar Attempts the Continental Divide Trail -- with dog

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DRONE, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Pago Cruiser

    Pago Cruiser Been here awhile

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    Hey Drone - Great ride, great ride report, then BUMMER! I at it when things happen so fast... Really glad you two are ok. The rig is always fixable... Everything could have turned out much differently...:eek1

    The weight is truly amazing. Earlier this year I weighed us fully outfitted at a truck scale... 1500 lbs!

    We (yo, wifey, and canine Sally) did the pretty mellow southern two legs last Thanksgiving on our Sportster/Ural; that was supposed to be the trial for this summer's trip. Going over some narrow patches with drop offs I wondered if securing her (the dog, not wifey...:D) inside the hack with a leash was a good idea. In your case, it seems like having her thrown clear was the best possible outcome. Really good of you to cushion the bikes landing with your body... :rofl

    Any thoughts on leash/no leash? Sadly, I had to put Sally to sleep a couple months ago; f'ing cancer :cry. Hardest thing I have ever done, and it kinda took the wind out of our sails for hack trips. That dog would rather ride than eat...
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  2. Bob

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    Thanks for the report! Great pics and narrative. Glad you and your pooch are relatively ok.
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  3. DRONE

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    There are pros and cons to a breakaway retraint system like what I use. Having a breakaway strap means that your dog won't drown in the lake or roll down the embankment when you have a crash. With a no-breakaway system the dog goes down with the ship even though YOU have been thrown clear! But the flip side to this is that if you have a crash, especially on pavement or in traffic, the dog might easily freak out and, if not restrained, run away. This might mean a lost dog, or might mean a dog hit by traffic after-the-fact. So it's kind of a toss-up and your decision of which way to go may depend firstly on (1) your dog and (2) what kind of riding you do.
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  4. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks and good to know that some of that stuff was helpful to you.

    So glad the accident wasn't worse that it already was.
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  5. boatpuller

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    Oh man, feel your pain. Would like to say it gets better, but all it really does is get a little easier as time passes. Good luck to you. Look up a story called the Rainbow Bridge. It's a silly little story that will bring you a lot of comfort.
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  6. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Great write-up Drone, and happy that you are on the mend. Our group must have met you going the other way, and I think one of the guys mentioned meeting you (sidecar with dog). Hope you can get the rig fixed right and continue on down the trail some time....
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  7. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Great write up and pics....up to that last part.....:eek1

    So very glad you and Kirby are doing well.
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  8. vintagespeed

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    Was really loving the RR and story, sorry for the crappy ending. Glad you're recovering well!
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  9. Mastercylinder

    Mastercylinder Been here awhile

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    Thanks!
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  10. on2wheels52

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    krikey, as I was reading through your rr I was getting ready to post a comment re "Seventy-nine years old and doing the GDR as a solo rider on his KLR" and then then your ride turns to @#$%. Here's hoping you heal up soon, glad Kirby was OK. Pretty cool that the nurse took him in; there's lots of good folks out there despite what the news would have one believe.
    Jim
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  11. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    X2. Great read.
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  12. judomaniak

    judomaniak Been here awhile

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    awesome story,to bad about the wreck.thankfully u and your pooch are ok. hopefully things go ok with the insurance company and that this does not keep u from riding,from the pictures looks like u and your dog have fun together.take care and get better
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  13. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    I was really enjoying your report....I was totally enthralled, and had forgotten the "FAIL" part of your title.

    Glad you and Kirby came thru relatively unscathed...bikes and other stuff can always be replaced.
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  14. patta

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    Hey Kirbs! So glad you're ok and make sure that your driver takes plenty of rest after this tumble. But really Ned, so glad you both walked away from this. It's frigtening enough just reading about it!

    The trip looked great and the photos stunning too - places we'll have to visit when we get back over there.

    Debz says you're so right about Kirby being a real lady killer, she definitely fell for his charms!

    Hope you mend well and hope to catch up soon.

    Iain + Debz

    p.s. are those new colour co-ordinated doggles that Kirby was sporting? :D
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  15. DRONE

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    Hey, Iain! Yup, brand new red doggles just for this trip! Did you see Post #14 above? Debz picture of me and Kirbs got published!

    Fellow inmates--Iain & Debz circumnavigated the globe on their BMW R100 sidecar rig that Iain built himself. My little attempts at adventure pale in comparison!
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  16. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Wow. Ouch. Glad everyone is kinda OK.
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  17. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    I read your story with great interest. Good reading and pictures.

    I have seen your rig in and around the Seattle (Puget Sound) area a time or two, and also on some side car site (Enumclaw? I can't recall). I always wondered who you were. Looked at some of your other travels. Awesome that you can travel with a pooch like that. That is a nice setup as well.

    Your story hit close too home, as my son and I were up in the Yukon this summer on a grand "Father-Son" advneture and he crashed his bike due to nothing under his control, thus ending his trip (and didn;t do much for my morale either as I had to ride home solo ... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=898115). It can be a real bummer for sure. I am glad to see you and the pooch are alright. I hope to see you around sometime (either here or in the PacNorthWet in person). Hopefully you can get that awesome sidecar rig repaired and back to tip top shape. It's a beauty for sure.
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  18. DRONE

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    The insurance company totaled the bike. They paid me $7500 for the bike, $6300 for damaged gear and accessories, and $3200 to get the sidecar repaired and repainted. In other words--$17,000--and they took the wrecked bike as salvage but I got to keep the wrecked sidecar to repair or not repair as I wish.

    Physically, me and Kirby are fine though my leg will remain somewhat mangled-looking for the rest of my life. I'm planning on using the wrecked sidecar on a temporary basis with an inexpensive bike just so I'll have something to tool around on. Then I'll use the rest of the insurance money to put together a new rig that will be even better than WUMPA!

    Serious near-death experiences do make you re-consider some of your life choices and I really thought for a while there that I might give up bikes completely. But . . . they really are fun, aren't they? And what would Kirby do for adventure if he couldn't do riding with me? So hopefully next summer we will be back up in the backcountry on three wheels.
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  19. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Glad to hear it has all (mostly) worked out!! :D

    Now, quit screwin' around and get your next rig built and RR posted.....:lol3
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  20. Foot dragger

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    You have the right spirit,quitting is not a great option,building a stronger rig is.
    Ive had a couple near career enders and Ive felt luckier with each one.
    Im still here arent I? Many arent.

    Ive had an old dog following me every where he can for the last 14 years,its a strong connection.
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