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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Brendan J, Mar 7, 2011.
+1 and glad to see that's all the damage to the bike. Hang in there Brendan
Shit Brendan glad you're ok. I wouldn't worry about it too much. I suspect just about every sidecar rider has gone into a corner too hot and drifted onto the other side of the road. I know I have but thankfully nothing was coming the other way.
Like they say, get back on the horse straight away. It's a lesson learned. Other lesson's will also be learned. I've been riding sidecars since the very early 80's and I'm still learning how the ride the bloody things (shuddup Clancy and TD, I know what you're thinking).
Hopefully you're still going to Pooncarie.
Not me. My parents always told me never to pick on the old and infirm.
hey, my parents gave me the same advice, old boy.
Glad you're okay Brendan. Best way to learn to ride a sidecar? ride with a couple of experienced sidecarists and follow their lines. Just a thought, it worked for me.
G'day Alex !!! I expected some sort of a learning curve but it's been a bit steep so far. I am hoping to go to Pooncarie I will see how things evolve.
I hear Brendan has a new method of protection cominig up. A chair on both sides and one front and rear. Plus a spare.
P.S. Glad you survived both incidences.
Don't give up on it too easily - I reckon it took me 6 months before I was fully confident - and that was 25 years ago! It's one hell of a steep learning curve I know but stick in there.
Glad your ok, hang in there.
I been hacking for a while, in the states we have right hand rigs, right/left hand makes no difference. I came around a right hand turn on the California coast, turn sharpened abruptly, hit a freak buckle rise in the tarmack with the sidecar wheel. The sidecar lifted on the right sending me into the oncoming lane to the left just as a car came around the corner in the other direction. We both hammered the brakes and luckly stopped within 10 feet of each other, at the edge of the cliff.
Buddy said, said he smelt oil smoke after the incident, I told him it was me squeezing the bike so hard with my legs that it was flames shooting out my ass.
I hit the brakes ahead of the turn which should have slowed me considerably, but didn't, the "why" part didn't register on my brain till the following day returning home in the rain, no back brake. I had recently changed all the disc brake pads and everything worked fine. Nothing like riding home in the rain with only a front brake after a summers traffic of oil leaking cars, slick roads, front locks easily, back did nothing. Turns out the brake pad by the piston in the rear brake had somehow got cocked in the brake caliper, never seen this before or since. Very scarry way to go cliff diving, don't recommend it.
I have pushed through the corners 3 times to many where the rig has gone out of control oposite the sidecar, into the oncoming traffic lane, the cause was to much speed on, brake failure and freak sidecar wheel strikes on rough pavement.
I have driven the same rig in a dual sport ride rock roads, power sliding around corners, 70 MPH on the flats, even tipped it on a hairpin turn on a rock road, got back on and hammered my way to the finish of a 150 mile day. Was a total blast, difference was I knew the roads were rock, rutted and rough and expected the worse. Problem with freak accidents on paved roads is we get complacent as the roads are generaly smooth and we forget to expect the unexpected, Stay sharp.
Still love sidecars, restoring #9 as we speak. Best advise, drive slower than you have to, anticipate the worst and plan for it. Scan 360 degrees around you as you ride, look for the drivers whos heads are bobing up and down, they look up to see the road, look down to text, generaly easy to spot a they are usually holding up traffic. Thankfuly in the states the police are getting serious about cell phone and text, beginning to hand out big fines with emphasis to issue larger fines.
G'day All just a bit of an update !!! I'm still hacking along I decided that I was not gunna let it beat me !!! Anyway a bit more work has been done to the chair to bring it closer to the finished point of where I want it. Spent most of a Saturday at Clancy's place with help from Clancy,making up a new nudge/driving light bar. At this stage its not finished but have a couple of photos to give an impression of what it will look like.
The next day was spent around at a fellow work mates place who is also a qualified motor trimmer to get a new tonneau cover made up.
Gee Brendan, that tonneau cover is very.....um....blue. :eek1
Sorry was taken at high noon with my mobile phone so colour ain't quite right it is slightly darker but lighter than the bikes colour.
Moved over to the "Some Assembly Required" Forum at the Original Posters request.
Thanks Nev !!!!
Well since I have last posted about the build a fair bit has happen, some things I haven't or wanted to happen.
To start with the chair nudge/bull bar has been finished and fitted.
I had been hankering to also put some driving lights to make it a bit easier to see of a night time, as we some wonderful wildlife here that truely love to wrecker motor vehicles.
I have also been thinking of fitting a screen to the chair as well. I managed to sweet talk a good friend in letting me have the screen off his boat to play around with.
Sorry mate, I misunderstood your original request.
Lets see if we got it right for you now.
How is it going Brendan? was briefly in Melbourne last week. Flew over for a funeral in Yackandandah. (90 yr old aunt)
I see another Chiang chair amongst the inmates.
Any good mods?
Called in at Antique tyres to see what they have for 17 inch rims.
I may get one of their 550-17's to trial though a bit pricey
Steering changes to yours?
Thanks Nev I wasn't too fussed about it to be honest but it should make it easier for other now to find it.
Well I don't know what's happened there as there is a whole heap missing.
G'day Bruce all is going well with the chair no nasty suprises as of late and hope to keep it that way .
Sorry to hear about the Aunt. She certainly had a good innings. At the rate I ride I'll be lucky to live to be half her age.
Yeah Derek took possession of one of them Changy chairs.
Bruce the trail reducer plates were fitted by Phil before I took back possession of the bike. Certainly made a difference to the amount of effort required to steer the biatch. A leading link is in the pipeline sometime soon hopefully this will overcome a couple of issues the current arrangement is having.
Me and Phil have been toying with the idea of converting the leading swinging arm on the chair to a trailing arm setup which should give me a better range of adjustability and shocker options. It seems to work ok with the current setup but I'm not 100% happy with it.