Hacks-n-Pups

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by PackMule, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. ruckuschick

    ruckuschick Adventurer

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    You can also buy cool coats for dogs. The one's I have you just soak in water and put em on the dog. Then wet it down when it drys out again. I might alwo mention as far as battery powered fans go, if you are staying someplace with power at night, Ryobi make a nice battery operated fan that is rechargeable with a battery that fits their power tools as well. Pricey but better than having to keep buying batteries. Course I guess you could get regular rechargeable abtteries for the cheaper fans too.
  2. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    OK, gotta post another. It seems the employees at Brew Thru were so excited to have Bryson come by that they posted a photo on their Facebook of him and Misses Donkeys.

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  3. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I tried that concept but if you can't get enough airflow over your dog it just acts like an insulating layer and kept the heat in. It might work better on short-coated breeds, but Barley is a golden with a very full coat of fur. It simply didn't work for us. In the end I opted for wetting him down every 30-45 minutes in brutally hot weather as those stops were also opportunities to hydrate both of us.

    Keeping cool is only part of the equation. Dogs lose an incredible amount of moisture from panting, and you MUST replace that. Another thing to keep in mind, as mentioned previously, is you need something to fall back on if you break down or get stuck in traffic (construction or accident ahead). If your only option depends on airflow your dog will bake!
  4. simmonsk133

    simmonsk133 Adventurer

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    The Sears 19V power system has a fan as a part of the collection. ....
  5. Motovated

    Motovated n00b

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    Well, We're leaving tomorrow morning for our 5000km trip from Vancouver to Winnipeg and back. 2 bikes, 76 Honda CB750 with Bingham MKI sidecar, 2010 Kawasaki ER6n, my girlfriend, and our dog. We are very experienced long distance tourers, but this is the first time with the dog and sidecar (DMC subframe, professionally installed, new brakes, new tires, steering damper). Got a fan, shade setup, 5 gallon water jug, ice cooler, umbrella, extra leases and harnesses, doggles, 3 point harness system, instant ice packs, no spill water dish, first aid kit plus the usual camping supplies. If I've forgotten anything please let me know!

    I learned a lot from this thread, I'll let you know how it goes!
    Don
  6. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    This afternoon I took the dogz for their first sidecar since we left for our 45-day, 631-mile river adventure on May 1. The rig has been down so I could change out the spindly Velorex wheel for one that matches the front wheel on the bike. That led to fabricating an axle and then modifying the fender to compensate for the wider wheel/tire. But I got it all back together yesterday (still some finish work to do) and the pups were tickled to be on the road again with their slobbery jowls flapping in the wind!

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  7. bigrocko

    bigrocko Fat Guy

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    Nice ,job it really cleaned up the bike
  8. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    Thanks
  9. AL-58

    AL-58 BMWs make good landfill

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    Here's my hot weather sidecar tonneau:
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    Water proof material on top as a sunshade, rollup mesh screens on the sides for airflow. Theres always 10 litres of water in the boot.

    The bike is now the best of these two. I bought the left one to provide all the good bits (wheels suspension etc). The left bike ended up with the right bikes subframe, sidecar chassis etc which I sold on as a project.

    Al
  10. kmroxo

    kmroxo Reno Rider

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    First ride for Cooper.

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  11. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Cooper looks good in that GS rig!

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  12. crampfan

    crampfan Banned

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  13. coupe1942

    coupe1942 Been here awhile

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  14. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone, I'm hoping you can help me out with some information about sidecars. I've got a ~35lb collie/shepherd mix and I'm planning on taking off for about 6 months next year to ride around the US. I obviously want to take my dog with me so I've been looking around for sidecars.

    Unfortunately I don't have any equipment that would let me build one of my own, let alone a garage to store any of that equipment (one of the shame's of living in a condo complex). So what I get will pretty much have to be ready to mount to a bike and go. I was originally considering a Ural since they seem pretty abundant on craigslist but after reading more into the maintenance issues and the piss poor fuel economy I decided I don't want to go that route.

    I currently have a Tiger 800 that I could potentially mount a sidecar to. If that's the case, I would prefer not to spend more than $3-4k for the sidecar. If buying a whole new setup (bike+sidecar) I would prefer not to spend more than $7k.

    I'm really just looking for some recommendations from you all for some good brands of sidecars that have a trunk/boot and the ability to mount a windscreen and some kind of rain cover for the dog.

    Thanks in advance!
  15. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    I briefly saw a BMW hack with a large dog in the sidecar in Coquille, Oregon, last week. The rig had enough stuff on it to convince me it wasn't out for an afternoon ride, but a long tour. Was that anyone here?
  16. coupe1942

    coupe1942 Been here awhile

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    Go to http://www.sidecar.com site and speak to the installers there for the best info as to what would actually meet your needs. They deal with this as their jobs and can provide some great information to help you decide what may work and what is just too high an investment to work. Not every bike is really all that suitable as a sidecar conversion. Good luck on it.
  17. atkinsr

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    What sidecar is that? I like it! Looks like much better protection for the dogs than most.
  18. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Sarah

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    I love travelling with my bike but hate HATE to leave my pup Dixie at home. She's a rescue dog and, well, she's latched on pretty tight to me. As much as I love her to pieces, she gets pretty depressed whenever I go or leave her with someone else, even for just a short while. So I've decided to look into getting a sidecar rig for my GS this winter so she can come with wherever I go. :clap She loves going for rides in the car, and she's been in a dog carrier tied to the back of my bike a few times and is fine as long as it's ME riding the bike she's on, otherwise she's a wiggleworm and gets super antsy. I'm fortunate to be from California so we ride year round, but it would be so awesome to be able to bring her along. :freaky

    I mean, seriously, it's TORTURE leaving this face every time we want to ride:


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  19. Mr.Mellow's WildRide

    Mr.Mellow's WildRide Been here awhile

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    I mean, seriously, it's TORTURE leaving this face every time we want to ride:


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    Sweet little doggie...........:clap

    I'm hoping to someday soon get back on my feet and take Mr. Mellow hacking for the first time........[I spent three MONTHS in the hospital and rehab and am S L O W L Y recovering]

    THank you for rescuing that lovely creature,

    j.b.
  20. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    You will love taking your dog along wiith you on your travels. We went camping with a bunch of inmates this weekend in the Uhwarrie National Forest. We ran into a photographer while riding the trails, and she insisted on snapping some photos of Bryson.

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