sidecar lessons/classes

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Tycho, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    I am happy to report that the sidecar training from Adventure Sidecar in Mt. Hood, Oregon far, far exceeded expectations for fun!! :clap :clap Vernon and Monica did a great job of blending lessons, demos, and on-site training to provide students with useful "real world" skills needed to stay alive whilst piloting a hack.

    The rigs (KLR 650s) were ideal for learning on, as they were very comfortable and forgiving - even the most conservative riders learned to fly the car (although some of us exhibited fewer balance/motor skills than others :lol3).

    Anyhow, as others have said, if you are interesting in finding out if sidecars are for you or not, attend this training. After three days of pure fun, I know I will have one as soon as possible! :D

    Vernon will post pics of the training on this site when he gets a chance, so stay tuned! :deal
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  2. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    It was a pleasure to meet you Vern!
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  3. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  4. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  5. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    demonstrating the balance point:shifting your weight does make a difference!
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  6. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  7. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I hope I get to see some of your photos, too!

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  8. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  9. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  10. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  11. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Vern & Roxanne

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  12. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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  13. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  14. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    We were supposed to swerve? I thought we got points for number of cones taken down. :lol3
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  15. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Sorry I didn't get a photo of you in this exercise, Vern. I was too busy running for my life !

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    (actually I was very pleased with everyone in this class. The swerve is one of the most important exercises in the program. It is a proven, save your butt skill that every sidecar pilot should master. Everybody in the class nailed this one during the driving test at the end of the day. Good work!)
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  16. antsaint

    antsaint Adventurer

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    Good job Mista Vern! Glad you had a good time.
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  17. OlyRider

    OlyRider Long timer

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    Big thanks!! to Vernon and Monica for a terrific introduction to sidecars. Everything about the weekend was excellent. Vernon and Monica are enthusiastic and most helpful. The three rigs were just "different" enough that we could benefit from switching from time to time. Vernon's wife, Amy, kept us full of liquids and snacks. We all enjoyed each other's' company and spirit. Hood River is a beautiful spot, and the boardsailers are amazing to watch.

    I highly recommend this class to anyone the least bit interested or intrigued by sidecars! It's the best way to find out if this is something you want to pursue, and get to spend a meaningful amount of time on different rigs to help you decide what is right for you. We all thought this class qualified as an outstanding three-day summer vacation.

    Kinda like band camp....but different!

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  18. antsaint

    antsaint Adventurer

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    3 rigs? What were they running? When I took my class it was 2 KLRs and 2 Bandits - and dont' get me started on how much I didn't like those Bandits! :D
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  19. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    I took the wife up to Vernon's class. She wanted to gain some skills and get comfortable with the new rig. She said "I am really glad we came it was a lot of fun and I feel much more comfortable."

    Vernon and Monica did a good job and the class did very well I thought. No runs, hits, or errors ... so thats says some thing about the class and teachers.
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  20. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    She is :D !
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