How often do you see other sidecars?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by windmill, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I have two Urals here in town with me, and I have NEVER seen them on the road, except for at CRAP. :eek1

    I occasionally see one poorly built Sportster/Velorex rig near work, and I've yet to track down the owner of a woodland Gear-Up that I pass on occasion. Those are the only two that I've ever seen on the road at random.
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  2. john82q

    john82q Adventurer

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    I see none, never ever! :D
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  3. Marvin and towser

    Marvin and towser Plain Mr. Botany (B)

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    Around my little town of Penrith in the UK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penrith,_Cumbria
    There are 4 other rigs that I see reasonably frequently 2 early gold wings, a honda cx and something cruiserish.
    For a small town I was quite surprised both by how many others there were and the fact that they must have been invisible until I bought one!
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  4. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    Accepting sidecar outfits are very rare indeed, mobile or otherwise, so seeing them out on the road is extremely unusual.
    Other than specific sidecar events, especially our sidecar club activities, seeing them occurs for us almost as often as birthdays.

    On the other hand it's then surprising how many times sidecars crop up for sale locally on such as Fleebay. Seems there's quite a few in sheds, garages, back yards, and permanent hibernation. Not great numbers of course, but certainly more than those in action.
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  5. Railbender

    Railbender Long timer

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    During the summer I see one or two other rigs a month but during the winter it is several times a week. The funeral escort service riders use them during the winter. Those guys are tough, you die they ride! It doesn't matter about the weather they have to escort the funeral processions.

    :freaky
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  6. simmonsk133

    simmonsk133 Adventurer

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    I see one twice a week. On TV. :rofl"Two Fat Ladies" Food Channel Cooking show. In real life I saw a Harley rig about a year ago. Earlier this spring there was an openhouse and bike show at a Bike Store in Blairsville, GA. Saw 4 or 5 BMW rigs there. California sidecars had a huge truck there and NO sidecars, only trikes. Some guy has a Chaing in town, Ft. Gordon I believe. Yet to see it on the road.
    A bike accessory shop over on Peach Orchard road, Augusta was trying to be a dealer. He had one, a 1999 I think. Drum brakes all round. Anyway, he gave it up and I never saw that bike again. So our Ural is the only one I see in the wild.:cry

    Enjoy...
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  7. JustinP

    JustinP Long timer

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    Funny - after replying to this post, I passed one yesterday evening. Looked to be a Ural. Was a 4 lane divided road, we both looked at each other and shared a long wave. If it wasn't a divided road I would have flipped around and chased him down. Yes, my Airhead can catch up to a Ural! (except in reverse)
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  8. aholecop

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    i think the reason you dont see many harley sidecars is , well they stopped making them and when they did. buying 1 was almost as much as a new Ural. the trikes and can ams are around the same money as a ultra or goldwing. a little more but in the same neighborhood. while a new gear-up is the same money as a dyna-glide. With buying a aftermarket side car your painting it and having it installed. It's labor intensive for people who would rather turn a key then turn a wrench. :*sip*
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  9. leejosepho

    leejosepho Sure, I can do that!

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    I live just east of Shreveport, Louisiana, and I have only ever seen one other rig while I was out. However, I have been told there are three within about 30 miles of me.
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  10. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    I ride mine everyday. Had it 2 months and have 2500km on it. I see maybe 3 per month other than mine here in Portland. I don't drive in town too much though. I do know there are at least 4 daily commuters in the PDX area though. It's interesting that you don't see that many up there. 3 of the largest suppliers are here in the PNW. I think the Can am is advertised like crazy too. Signs all over about taking the endorsement on one with no rider experience required. This appeals to the new rider I think. And if your first riding experience is on a Can am then it's the only experience you've had. We know how that first ride feels don't we? Even if it is on a Can am. I'm sure even I would have been sold had that been my first taste of helmet time.
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  11. Mr.Mellow's WildRide

    Mr.Mellow's WildRide Been here awhile

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    I live in NW Montana and Kalispell only has a handful from my experience.
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  12. matman1972

    matman1972 Lost in the woods.

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    I have seen 3 this past year, until the ride for kids. Saw 11 there!
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  13. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Sarah

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    Man, I NEVER see any sidecars! You guys are lucky, I want to hack my GS but don't have much real-life reference other than a ride in a Ural sidecar. :freaky
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  14. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I saw one in 2005 (a Ural) and one in 2010 (a Goldwing).

    There's one in my garage just waiting for me to get it running..
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  15. AL-58

    AL-58 BMWs make good landfill

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    At rallies, I expect to see one or two most times(often the same ones). Other than that maybe 4 a year out and about.

    Al
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  16. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    Saw three Urals on the Blue Ridge Parkway Saturday afternoon and a Harley on Sunday
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  17. SmellyGoatBoy

    SmellyGoatBoy Adventurer

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    I'm also in Seattle, and have only ran across a few. i see a red Ural in Pioneer Square every now and then. i passed a camo gear up on Westlake this summer. And at Backfire Moto there are always a few, but usually less than five. Last month I noticed a red Ural Patrol with a ADV sticker. I never did see the owner.
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  18. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    I see three to five a month on average but the folks in East Ventura County see one all the time .... cause I'm always riding mine :evil
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  19. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I'm in Billings and don't see many hacks here. Saw one sitting solo in a car port this summer.
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  20. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    live just off the BRP and ride it almost every week, rarely see sidecars but see trikes daily. Seeing a lot more Can-Am Spyders, some from a long ways away. Still haven't seen another Ural on the BR, must not ride enough.
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