Sidecar Delay Factor: Please tell us YOUR experience(s)

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by ClearwaterBMW, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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  2. TebKLR

    TebKLR Been here awhile

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    Anytime you stop for something (gas, groceries, picking up the kiddies at school, etc)
    Parking at work
    Stop lights
    Coffee shops
    McDonalds
    Just about all the time

    Sidecars are not for anti-social types. People really dig them in a way that is nothing like their lack of appreciation of (or aprehension of) 2-wheeled motorcycles.
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  3. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    i appreciate your post
    i hope that a few others will tell their tales here
    thank you
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  4. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    A few of the more interesting UDF's

    A RV full of coed's on spring break at a stoplight begging me to pull over so they could get a picture of Taffy and I.

    A couple of 1%er patch holders at a gas station asking questions, showing genuine interest and declaring Urals as "cool".

    The elderly Russian gentleman who rode one when he was in the military.

    The promoters of a antique tractor pull and show asking me to park just inside the main entrance gate.

    The manager of the Home Depot who didn't believe that it was possible to safely carry a dozen 2X4's and 4 bags of cement on a motorcycle.

    Getting a thumbs up from the chain enforcement officers on I-90's Snoqualmie pass.

    The flagger lady at a road construction stop who gave Taffy some treats while we waited.

    The little boy who asked me if I was Indiana Jones.

    The soccer mom with kids in tow asking if they can pet "Grommet".

    The proprietors of a Christmas tree farm asking permission to use a picture of our Ural carrying our tree on their home page.

    The look of pure joy on a developmentally disabled child's face after a ride around a parking lot, and the tears in his parents eyes.

    I'm a bit of an introvert so the attention has been a little difficult to get used to, there have been a few weirdos, but for the most part it has been fun.
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  5. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    well... of course
    YOUR post is EXACTLY what i wanted to read
    all those examples.... just wonderful
    the one i copies above....
    well, even if i weren't a pediatrician.... would bring tears to MY eyes
    thank you for posting
    thank you for mentioning the UDF story about the child
    i greatly appreciate it
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  6. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    I`ve posted my UDF tales ad nauseum and from the title this wasn`t meant to be another UDF Thread but a couple have appeared,so here`s some of my favourites that have happened to me...

    The looks of sheer pleasure and amazement on an elderly Russian couple`s faces when they realised I had just parked a Russian bike next to them.
    They were staggered to see one in Britain twenty years after they`d left Russia and delighted in reading the Russian stickers I`d fitted from when I was at the Irbit bike show.


    A guy who asked me how old my 750 was.
    I said "2004"
    He angrily replied "Don`t be stupid,it can`t POSSIBLY be two thousand and four years old".
    And added......"It`s clearly from the 1950`s"

    Once,out on my all green 650,a guy asked if it was a Norton or a BSA.
    When I said it was neither,he said that he suspected that was clearly a Matchless!

    Next,my absolute fave....from a few years ago now....
    A guy came up to me (again on my 750) and said "That`s a nice bike"
    I thanked him.
    He asked "Who restored that for you"
    I replied that it`s not a restoration (remember,guys,it`s a 2004)
    He then said "Wow...who built it for you?"
    Struggling with this a bit,I just said "It wasn`t quite built for me,but it was built in the Russian Ural factory"
    He then asked "How old is it"
    I replied that it was two years old (it was,at the time)
    Confounded,he asked "How can that possibly be two years old???"
    I replied "Because it was built two years ago" and he walked away,growling and shaking his head. :D
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  7. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    i appreciate the re-telling of those stories above
    actually... i'm sorry for the wording of my title for this thread
    UDFs are fine, too
    in fact.... this might turn out to JUST BE UDFs as there far less interest in this thread than i expected

    again....
    i appreciate you posting here.... very much
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  8. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I was coming back home from a spin thru WV and MD. In State College PA I pulled over to refill Barley's water bowl. Within a few seconds we were surrounded by coeds. I was a little annoyed because I was behind schedule and really trying to make up for lost time at previous stops. But when I noticed the view as all these young women bent over to fuss with my dog suddenly all was well with the world. It made me wish I had a helmet cam to capture all the magnificent cleavage being displayed! :lol3

    Another time in Upstate NY we ended up stopped in a long line of cars awaiting our turn to get thru a construction site. The flagger was letting 5 vehicles thru at a time. I was #17 in line, and patiently waited my turn. It finally came -- the flagger let #16 go then stopped me so she could check out the rig!

    Teenaged girls are the worst, though. They all squeal and fuss over Barley, snapping photos with their cell phones and calling their friends while pleading for me to wait for them. "Julie will be here in five minutes! Five minutes!" These days I try to find gas stops without teenagers
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  9. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    oh.... i love those anecdotes above
    i look forward to experiencing a few of my own one day soon
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  10. ak74

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    I get stopped all the time as well. I have to factor in this time delay when running errands. I have a 2010 Triumph Bonneville with a Duna sidecar. The older folks and Harley guys stop to look at and ask questions about the Triumph. It's usually along the line of "What year is it?" or "I had one just like it in the 60's." The younger people and non-motorcyclists are more interested in the sidecar, usually never having seen one.
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  11. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I had my best one a couple of weeks ago. While at a gas pump in Southern Mass., an older guy pulls up on a Shadow. He asks me a bit about the Ural and then tells me about when he was a boy in Italy during WWII. A german on a rig similar to mine was rocketing through his village and wrapped his hack around a bridge support right in front of him and his little friends. :huh:rofl

    I thought it was a good story, and also it was cool that this guy who had to be in well into his seventies was still tooling around on a bike.
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  12. DirtyDR

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    I have to say that either of my sidecar rigs draw attention whenever I stop. Last Friday the local hot rod guys got together in Minturn for a little cruising and they invited me along. I was hoping to get some good pictures of the cars but I couldn't get away from the Ural long enough to get any pictures of the cars.

    The guy in the drivers seat came up to me and asked if he and his brother could sit on the rig for a picture.
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    The bike crew getting ready to lead the pack:
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    I stopped for gas at Copper Mountain on my way home from Denver on Sunday with the GS rig and after I walked out of the building there were 5 mountain bikers hanging around the rig and it took me another 20 minutes to get on the road.
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  13. Christopher Lang

    Christopher Lang Luddite

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    I have to say, that the sidecar delay factor is as great as when I drive my model T.

    I love it, as I'm generally an introvert, and antisocial.

    With the Chang, I get "what year is it?", to which I reply, "well, its registered as a '72..." At that point, just like the Ural fellers, I'm interrupted and told that there's no way it could be that new. I also get occasionally really interesting reactions when I say it was made in China. Most people, like me, are fascinated by how Chinese it really is when you look close, the dodgy looking welds etc! Sometimes though, when people find out its from China, they are visibly upset, and walk away in disgust, muttering how its "fake". I think is really funny when this happens.

    I always get asked how fast it goes, and people are always surprised by how slow it is. I mean, the Chang doesn't really look like a high speed machine to me!

    I really enjoy taking to the people, and hope to someday meet some other local sidecar pilots!

    I do like how the sport bike riders wave to me now, and so do the dual sport riders. Previously I've had cruisers, and only other cruiser riders will wave.
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  14. ClearwaterBMW

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    makes sense about which group of folks would be interested in which part of the rig
    i appreciate your contribution here
    thank you
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  15. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    how nice of him to relate that story to you.
    what a cool moment
    thanks for sharing it here
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    i can't wait to have some of these moments
    yes, i know that i'll regret saying that one day, i'm sure :D
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  17. ClearwaterBMW

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    that is funny about those "fake" comments
    you ride a very cool rig... nice to share it with the world
    there are so few in the west
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  18. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    I once stopped at a gas station as I was past out of gas. :shog As I am filling up, a car drove by on the street, stopped, backed up almost hitting a car then pulling up beside me. A woman around 35 years old got out VERY excited wanting a ride. I figured I could take her around the block. :D

    At that point a truck pulled up to the other side of the pump and the man driving got out and started to fill up. He did not look like a happy camper but the woman in the truck was asking me about the bike looking very happy to see such a rig.

    I took off and we went around the block. Totally made that lady's day! I bet she still talks about it! When I got back Mr. Frown and Mrs. Happy where still there. Mrs. Happy jumped out and said she was next! LOL!!! I wish I had a picture of Mr. Frowns face right then! She got in as Mr Frown was telling her all about how she was going to die in that contraption. Her coment back to him was at least she would die with a smile on her face! My kinda woman! :lol3

    I took her for a few more blocks as I thought she might have needed it more for when she got back to Mr. Frown. When we did get back he started to say something and she just told him to shut up.

    I smiled all the way home.

    Priceless...:clap
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  19. ClearwaterBMW

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    that story ought to be made into a movie
    that is incredible
    i appreciate you telling us about it
    FANTASTIC
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  20. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    I am a firm believer (at least for me) that a sidecar is a magnet. That and I love recruiting future riders/drivers. What better way to do that than to give them a spin around the block! :thumb

    I miss being able to ride/drive. I dream of the day I can get back on...
    Until then, I will be living vicariously through ADV Hack threads.

    Keep on Hackin on!:freaky
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