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

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

  1. Agent Wayward

    Agent Wayward Been here awhile

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    Wow! I love the Ural Police bikes!

    Is that a Retro frame? Or a special build for the Police?
  2. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    That's awesome! I try to take my nephew (8) and niece (6) out as much as possible, only one at a time. After taking my nephew to a statewide swim meet last summer, with him waving at everyone along the way, we got off the bike and he said "Uncle Jeff, I think I'm addicted to the fame. This is awesome!" :rofl
  3. California

    California Motorcyclist

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    what happened with the FJ40? pictures, maybe a "it's mine, now" story?

    Inquiring minds want to know....
  4. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    hoping to resurrect this thread. any more experiences here?
  5. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Boredom...or medication? :D

    Good morning, Doc.

    Last month, on our way back from our trip from Vermont to the Oregon coast, Barley and I pulled into a small town park in Nebraska for a snack and hydration break. There was a short church bus getting ready to leave, but the moment Barley arrived, looking quite dashing with his red Doggles, all the passengers disembarked and swarmed over to fuss over him.

    They were all girls in their late teens or early twenties. It was a hot day, and most wore tank tops or loose fitting blouses unbuttoned a bit. As I sat there on the sidewalk surrounded by young women bent over Barley it occurred to me that I hadn't seen that much cleavage in decades!

    Too bad I had already removed my helmet, as the helmet cam footage would have been classic!
  6. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    Sounds pretty awesome to me. I have taken some of the pain medication offered but sadly has given me no relief whatsoever or made me feel the least bit odd. Now that I added some ibuprofen to the mix the edge is somewhat duller. It is only been 44 hours since my surgery began so I really can't expect to feel any better than I do. I'll be back to work on Wednesday, seeing the doctor on Thursday, and then beginning the 6 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation necessary to bring my shoulder back to where it needs to be. I've been told that I'll be able to ride in as little as six weeks. My dealer told me that my new bike is status 112. This means that it has not even been built yet. The truth is it should have already been on a boat coming across the Atlantic and I have no idea why it isn't. However, this is the one time that two weeks more of delay will be a plus and not a minus. I have no desire to drive to the dealer every day for two weeks and watch my new bike sit on the showroom floor with tears streaming down my face because I cannot yet mount her. Perhaps as a sign from above that things have been delayed so the timing of my improvement in the arrival of my bike will come together perfectly.
    I do wish you had not removed the helmet cam. I appreciate you sharing on this thread and you are correct that I am a bit bored. Also, I have installed Dragon naturally speaking on my Mac so that I can not one hand type messages on the forum
  7. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    MrsDonkeys and I loaned the Ural to our friend (truck6driver) so he could get another inmate (drgnslayr72) out for a few rides. Drgnslayr72 has MS, and has been wheelchair bound for a few years now. I told Truck6driver to ride the heck out of it and enjoy it since I was going to be out of town for 6 weeks and MrsDonkeys couldn't ride much anyway being pregnant. So ride he did, and apparently he had a fair amount of SDF along the way.

    So we picked up the Ural on Friday night, and MrsDonkeys and I went for a ride yesterday. I was on the Bonnie, and she was on the Ural with the pup riding monkey. We were going to chase points for the Ural rally, but she figured that she couldn't do enough miles to be competitive, so we kept it leisurely.

    We're at a gas station about 50 miles from the house when a truck towing a trailer passes, flips a well-executed u-turn down the road, and whips into the gas station. The window rolls down and the driver asks "Hey, are you guys the Donkeys?"

    And this is how we met inmate Flackattack. He recognized the Ural from an encounter with Truck6Driver. ADV and hacks make for a very small world.
  8. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    Love it , absolutely priceless :lol3
  9. jkmolt

    jkmolt Adventurer

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    Even a short ride to the Post Office can become quite time consuming. Did that just yesterday and after mailing letters, spent the next half hour talking about my rig. I drive a 99 BMW R1100RT w/EZS Summit. Amazing how the questions just never seem to stop. Actually, it's always quite enjoyable for me.
  10. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    I'm a big, fat, ugly, biker looking dude so I don't get much UDF.

    When my wife is with me holding one of her "Ankle Biter" dogs in her lap, she gets lots of smiles and thumbs up.

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  11. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    I love stories like that and I appreciate you relating that one to us
  12. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    nothing like riding around in a sidecar rig to lead to a nice conversation with strangers. Memories to last a lifetime, often.
    Thanks for sharing that with us
  13. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    I keep getting asked if mine is a Ural...guess the khaki paint gives it a vintage, vaguely military look. Doesn't bother me a bit to explain that it's a V-Strom 650.
  14. ChuckS

    ChuckS Adventurer Wannabe

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    I was at the girlfriend's work picnic yesterday. After a quick lunch, I was kept plenty busy giving rides to the kids. The kids ranged from about 18 months to about 480 months. Most of the kids older than that were too shy.

    GF is a chemistry professor. The science dept is a surprisingly fun crowd.
  15. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    on my way to MOA. i got stopped by a CA hwy patrol 1-2 south of the oregon boarder. i was in the fast lane and one of my ridding partners were in the slow land and we were pacing each other. i did not have a speedo at the time so when i saw the hwy patrol i hoping my riding partner was going at or lees then the speed limit of 65mph. need less to say i got pulled over.

    when the officer approached he asked for the usual and said "do you know why i pulled you over" i said "no" he goes on saying "i pulled you over for going to slow" "you were going 60 and were obstruction the the flow of traffic" mind you were we just south of the oregon boarder in BFE nowears ville California. the officer was a good guy and let me off without a ticket. when all was said and done he asked for a picture of my ride.

    people tell me that that was harassment and i should fill a report. which im not nor will i ever. i thought is was awesome that the officer wanted a picture of the bike and i was happy that he stopped me because i was in wonderment if my bike was leagal in the state of California. also i was able to refer to this experince when friend and i got into an argument with an old man who was ignorant over opinionated at MOA. i'm just going to say that, that is another story and leave it at that.


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  16. oldmanmuzza

    oldmanmuzza Been here awhile

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    [​IMG] Can you ride it offroad they asked so I show them this shot Or this one of me and 11year old grand-daughter [​IMG] KLR650
  17. irondad01

    irondad01 Irondad01

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    A couple of years ago my wife and I were on our Triumph Tiger/Sputnik rig in Altoona,PA at a red light. Across from us was a city cop. When the light changed he did a U-turn and got behind us. I thought, I was sitting at a red light, what did I do wrong? I pulled into a gas station to get gas and he followed me. He came over and said " That's a Tiger with a sidecar! " One of his fellow cops pulled in to see what was going on and we stood there talking bikes. They waved as I pulled out and headed home.
    The other day we were in State College,PA and pulled into Barnes and Noble on our 2013 Ural. A car came flying up and stopped with a man and woman in it. The guy was giving us two thumbs up and kept saying "is good, is good" Then he said "Is Russian, I am Russian" His wife said he went crazy when he saw the bike and we made him very happy.
    Carl
  18. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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    Yesterday I stopped for gas at a country store frequented by bikers (all brands). A guy and his wife stopped and he jumped out of his car to see my Ural rig-"i almost bought one, and on and on he went-told him it;s never too late!
    Pulled around to the other side of the store under a big oak. A guy I see often rolled in on his 1200GS and had to see the rig. Turns out he is from one of the former USSR countries and speeks fluent Russian. Got a lesson in the correct pronunciation of Ural. He went on to tell me when his dad worked in Russia he was given a company vehicle as a perk-yup a Ural.
    Next time his dad visits I'm going to let him ride mine for old times sake.
  19. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    Saturday night was non-stop delay, but it was fun. I had gone to the Superbike races at Laguna Seca on Saturday, then went to Cannery Row that evening. The street is blocked off to cars...just motorcycles and pedestrians. I spent about 4 hours telling people about my hacked Wee-Strom as they asked questions.

    The funny thing was, that despite the custom paint (desert khaki) and all the other stuff on the rig, two things sparked the most notice: the gearheads were intrigued by the leading legs, and nearly everyone commented on the Rotopax cans mounted on the side of the car. Lesson learned: if you want to increase your chances of conversation about your rig, add a Rotopax or two. :rofl
  20. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    I don't feel the least bit of pity for you. It's a freaking nice ride you got there. :thumb