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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Mr. Cob, Feb 2, 2013.
Truely a thing of beauty, and an inspirational story too!
Looking forward to a ride report
Way to go Mr. Cob!
Years back I had a good friend with A.L.S. Unfortunately I wasn't into sidecars yet ....but I really wanted to do what you ARE accomplishing. Good man!
Sadly my friend passed a few years before my introduction to the side hack world. He would have loved it.
I am just doing what I can to fulfill a long ago made plan. I am going to get as big a kick out of this as is Rick.
I had a patient at the VA I worked at that was a functional quad from MS. He was an old biker/flattracker from back in late '60s-70's. Hadn't been on a bike in many many years. So once I got the hack coupled up to the old Goldwing, I asked him if he wanted to go for a bike ride. His eyes lit up and he got this huge smile and replied, "Oh hell YES!"
That was all it took. Got permission form his guardian and got through the red-tape at the VA and come a nice sunny warm fall day, Jimmy and I went for a bit of a ride.
In the right of the pic is the lift we used to set Jimmy into the hack. It's much like a cherry-picker to pull a motor with. The blue around Jimmy is the padded sling that is used with the lift. The top rack on the Ural sidecar gave him a headrest. A few pillows placed under his knees and on each side of his legs supported and stabilized his legs.
Needless to say, Jimmy had a blast, but I'm not sure which one of us got a bigger kick out of the ride, Jimmy or me.
The bureaucrats had wanted me to stay on station grounds and just go around the perimeter road...with its 15mph speed limit. Can't really feel the wind in your hair at that speed tho, can you. But unfortunately, I got lost on station and accidentally took an exit road and got lost again. I think it took me and Jimmy about a 1/2hr to finally find our way back to the VA.
It was all Jimmy could talk about for months, and he had a framed print of the lower pic above sitting on his bedside table. Me, I still smile every time I think about Jimmy's ride. I know you and your friend will both feel the same. Good luck with your journey.
Howdy Charlie T,
Thanks for your post, I am so glad you had a chance to take your friend for a ride, I know its something he will treasure for the rest of his life. Tomorrow I head for Texas, I just finished the job of installing the five point harness in the hack. When ever I make a modification to any of my rigs or bikes my quality control inspectors have to sign off on it before its put into general use; so Spot and Newt, demanded a ride to check this stuff out before giving their OK for Rick to use it. Note in the photos the shoulder part of the harness is routed up and over the head rest this is NOT the way it will be used when Rick is seated in the sidecar it is the way the harness will be arranged when in transit so the straps and buckles don't scrap the paint on the trunk lid of the sidecar.
Now that the inspectors have signed off on this project its ready for Rick to assume the co-pilots position when I get to Arlington Texas in the middle of April. This is something that I know Rick and I will enjoy I don't know which one of us will have the biggest smile all I know is we will both be grinning from ear to ear.
Have a safe trip Cob.DB
I enjoyed working on your project and I am looking forward to the ride report full of smiles.
Also look forward to riding with you in the Olympics when you get back.
Have a great trip.
Thanks so much for your help on making this event happen, it'll all be covered in the ride report when its written to include photos of you helping to build the head support.
I have the last part of June, all of July and August that hasn't been planned yet of course sometime in that span I'll have to spend some time with my wife but keep in touch and let me know when you'll want company and we'll make it happen over in your area this summer.
Where's the *like* button?
Good onya Dave. Safe travels.
Excellent! As an unexpectedly disabled person allow me to say thank you to all who have undertaken these acts of kindness and generosity of the heart towards those who must suffer. Words fail me and I'd only get carried away. Blessings on you all...
So, Cob, we need closure. You made the trip to Texas, right? What happened?
Sorry, I thought I had posted a link to the ride report. It well extremely well, it was a great day for Rick and I as well all who accompanied us on the ride. Click this link to be taken to the ride report, LOTS of photos and one of Rick's friends made a wonderful video of our ride.
That's a nice report, Dave. Good onya.
Now what about that Rokon you've been trying not to think about?
Thanks for that link, Dave. Nice ride report. I didn't realize that there was going to be multiple adventures on this trip. I think you do more interesting stuff on ONE ride than I do in a year!
If anybody wants to skip to the part where Dave and Rick get together, go to page 5.
Just read the linked thread , damn allergies are acting up again
Well done Dave .
Well, what can I say after I got home I started looking through craigs list for a used Rokon, a few days later this jumped in the back of the truck and followed me home. As the only suspension is in the flex of the tires the stock seat beat the hell out of my bad back, I installed an old Harley Police seat that is much more comfortable.
I paid 600 bucks for it, its a 1971 MK3, it would fire but not run when I bought it. Took it home got it running but it ran poorly. Joined a Rokon forum, asked a lot of questions, ordered some parts, sent the carb off to be rebuilt, rebuilt the engine and now it starts and runs very well. Since the above photos were taken I have added a pull starter and installed new wheel bearings. I have new tires ordered as these are so old they are weather checked badly. Including the new tires I'll have a total investment of around a 1,000 dollars in this thing, CHEAP FUN I am really looking forward to this coming winter and the snow in the mountains.
Glad to hear the ride went so well for you and Rick.
Looking forward to riding with you in the Olympics
THANK YOU, you played large part in making this dream come true. Yes one of these days we too will share a ride, stay in touch and let me know what your summer plans are.
Keep this up and we will have to find another meaning for "COB".
Sidecars are the only vehicle I've ever owned that occasionally make my eyes blurry & misty.
A friend was an avid long distance rider until his health failed a few years ago as he was planning to take his heavily modded KLR around the world. Next week is his birthday. I'll take him for hack ride, which is a serious wish of his.