Road Testing my Spud (prototype II)

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by PapaYolk, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. aftCG

    aftCG Been here awhile

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    Wow, fantastic trailer idea and you're a great writer.

    Ignore the suggestions to add. Simple rocks.

    I enjoyed the pics in your initial pages. I did a lot of kayaking/rafting in that Riggins/Whitebird area.

    I might have to suit up this coming weekend and head that direction.
  2. inline4

    inline4 Long timer

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    800cc...hummmm.....how well does that thing pull a trailer in the hills?:1drink
  3. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    I went two teeth down on my rear sprocket and one up on the front. Four speed with overdrive. Climbs hills and pushes strong headwinds at 60-70 mph. Runs 75-85 in fifth on the flats. That's with about 100 lbs load in Spud (220lb total).

    Strong winds. Having never pulled a trailer with a bike before, I assumed strong side winds would have the trailer push the pull rig about like a rudder. Not so. The force at the hitch accents counter-steer, lessens the force needed at the bars to shoulder the wind. When the wind shifts and eddies, the bike flips it's lean with lighter steering than with out a trailer, and the track remains true, Spud acting like a sea anchor.

    Rode to town and bought some stove pipe, stowed it in spud and stopped to pick up 'Panda for Babe. A lady from John Day with her mother in tow, on the way to fly out to New England for a couple weeks of watching fall paint the countryside, came up to me beaming a smile. "I saw you on YouTube! My dad is going to be so surprised. He showed me your camper and all the wonderful pictures from your site. He's not going to believe I met you." I introduced myself. She snapped pictures. At 35k views on the Tube, this is not the first time this has happened.
  4. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Great thread. :thumb:thumb
  5. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    Dude, that is something.
    I like. Good for you.
  6. potatorider

    potatorider live once

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    Nice to see a rider's ideas become "officially" his own. And Im even more excited that you are my fellow Idahoan! Hope to see many more of your trailers on the road.
  7. BigJon442

    BigJon442 n00b

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    PapaYolk Congradulations on recieing your patent. After seeing your youtube video, I started construction of my own prototype, I am 3/4 constructed now. With respect to you, I would like to buy plans to make my unit legal. With all the reasurch I have done, I still have not found out how or where to get them. I have been getting a lot of interest in the Spud, here on the east coast, as I talk with people. I hope we can communicate, you have a great idea going :clap
  8. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    Attack of the Spud clones. I receive a lot of requests for build plans. If I sold plans they would pop up on the internet and it wouldn't be right to my exclusive manufacturer (Cozy Cruiser Inc.) But the rig is so simple, many will clone their own one-of Spuds for personal use. If so, I request they ride their ways to Roswell, pay a six-pack to the inventor, and let me sign their rigs. BigJon442 gave a donation to the Boise Mission in place of a cross country trip and six-pack.

    So, if you've got a spud in the oven, let's man up to the piracy like Big Jon and post some pic's here.

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  9. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Just catching up on your thread. Good to see this thing is getting produced. Awesome idea and wishing you the best on everything! Looking forward to seeing you pull the final product on here too.
  10. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    It was the up-close rubbing of cyber-elbows here at Adventure Rider that first awakened my need for a product like Spud, then bolstered my writing voice with an easy, honest tenor, as among friends. After a bit of rough handling by the IRS I was tapped and needed a front tire to get Spud to Eugene. Inmates offered help, and as with each "At-a-boy" and cyber slap to the back on this thread, the knowing of those offers and well-wishes has helped me much these last 3 1/2 years.

    Thank you all.

    Tim Mazac; aka Papa Yolk.


    So please, tip a glass to my achieving at the most ambitious thing I have ever tried and take credit for prodding my lazy ass along.
  11. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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  12. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    "The phrase “Check is in the Mail” was meant that we will pay the ***** royalty payment. Never was there a date or time attached to this phrase. "

    --Jayson Nelson of Cozy Cruiser




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    My bad. Shook hands and signed on the dotted line with a skunk and didn't notice the smell. Would you ride uncharted trails with an unethical and foolish man? Looks like Spud will not be on the market this year as I disentangle my affairs with this "businessman". Put's "THE RIDE" off another two years.

    Better than being associated with a check's-in-the-mail kinda guy.

    Thanks for the new sig line, Mr. Nelson.








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  13. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Damn, sorry to hear the bad news .... you never know what lurks in the heart of evil men or what evil lurks in the heart of men or some such negativity.
  14. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    It is sad, seeing a man fail. Now, with patent in hand, I may be able to manufacture in Idaho.



    My boy is building a proto Adventure Spud.


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    My youngest rolled home in his '79 Chevy van pulling our '64 Shasta. Worked on the road, atop a fire belching re-paver. I spot a sun burned KLR, Buzz Light-year colors, snugged up against the blue shag wall in the old van. His first bike. "Not letting you ride off to strange lands alone, old man." He has a plan; got his learner's permit, birth certificate, a few cans of flat black paint... and applied for a passport. "Can't stop me, old man." What's a dad to do? I got him a new helmet and leather and he's ordered a new set of handlebars, discovering already that his long legged mule is not as surefooted in mud as our CT 90s.


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    The boy is 26. His real plan is girls. Girls at ride venues where I will be promoting Spud when production starts. So I drew up some plans of my own, for his KLR, on the wall, with boot black:



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    Spud Lite: a knee high platform for stacks of beer and firewood, a four and a half foot (tongue to tale) cargo lockup and, using my proprietary design, a six and a half foot bunk and shelter.




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  15. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    Needed a trailer hitch on my 650 to pick up spud. Strapped on 11 lbs of aluminum at the scrap yard for 11 bucks. At home, hand held drill and hack saw, bolts and brackets from the hardware store and a ball from Bi-Mart.

    So I fabricated a hitch in my back yard. Fabricating... something Cozy Cruiser Mfg. Inc. could not manage to do to one part of Spud, in 22 months. They have opted out of our Patent Licensing Agreement and the rusted old prototype is home. Time to referb her and go looking for a local manufacturer.


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  16. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    That sucks.Better luck with the next shop.
  17. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    Little 650 thumper had enough torque to pull spud over the Cascades breaking the speed-limit. Bone jarring. Great fun. With the off-shore power unit out she only weighs 110 lbs.






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  18. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I think that previous lawyer underestimated your business acumen.
  19. VladM

    VladM Adventurer

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    Just read through and have to :clap. Innovative idea and unorthodox way to enjoy riding and the great outdoors. I enjoy your writing style too Papa, although I can't figure out about 30% of what you are saying (more due to a cultural/generational than language barrier). Keep living the dream and don't give up, you are the role model and the envy of many of us.
  20. Gadget Man

    Gadget Man Out in the Garage...

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    PapaYolk

    I have followed this thread from the very beginning someday hopping to find a link to where I could purchase the plans or a finished model. I cant imagine your disappointment when CozyCruiser dropped the ball. I wish you luck in moving forward and finding a local manufacturer. Please keep us all informed.

    I can sort of say I've walked in your shoes, but only in the building process, as I have built a (full sized) Tear-Drop camper. I never thought of going through all the hard work and expense of acquiring a patent, I had nothing that was proprietary. I gained a lot of build knowledge from a Forum Group and then just added my personal spin to it.

    I'd like to share a couple of pictures only to inspire others what can be done when someone puts their heart and soul into an idea.

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    Keep in touch.
    Gadget Man