sidecar lessons/classes

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

  1. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    What an awesome class - time and money well spent, that's for sure. Thanks for instruction, encouragement, advice, etc. You ROCK!
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  2. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I stayed at Viento, and while it's a great park to camp at, there's a guarded train crossing right there with the bells (ding ding ding ding) and the mandantory 150,000 db train horn at least 4 times a night. If you're a light sleeper, this is not the park for you.

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  3. tony the tiger

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    Memaloose weren't so bad, although there are a couple drawbacks:
    Some of the sites are right along the interstate - you get used to the noise :puke1 .
    Access is limited to the westbound side of I-84... so you must travel I-84 past the camp, exit, then turn around and backtrack to get there.
    Reservations must be made well in advance to guarantee a site for the duration, but there were several open sites while we were there, so if tent camping it wouldn't have been necessary.

    On the plus side, the showers were free, and facilities all 'round were very nice, and clean. Camping in SP (for DAV) is free, so that was a biggie. If'n I had to pay to camp, I likely would've chosen one of the county parks.
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  4. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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  5. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    My little brother took this photo at the June class

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    we have 4 openings left in the class coming up July 18.

    call Hood River Community Education if you are interested
    (541)386-2055
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  6. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Just got back from the Washington State Department of Licensing. I took a number, walked up when I was called. Presented my certificate, wrote a check for $25.00, got my pic taken and was issued a new license with #7 for an endorsement (MC and 3-wheeler). 5 minutes, in and out.
    Cool! :clap

    For those that may not know, your vehicle may (will) be seized if you are pulled over and do not have the proper endorsement for the vehicle for which you are riding/driving in Washington State. :cry
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  7. Bozola

    Bozola Complete Bastard

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    Aren't sheep considered vehicles in Washington?

    Just askin'...no reason.
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  8. KrazyKonrad

    KrazyKonrad Will BBQ for Gas Money

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    I have the 2 wheel endorsement and need the 3 wheel endorsement. Right now I have a 3 wheel learner permit. Where did yo take the traing ESF or Red Menace?

    TIA
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  9. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Red Menace
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  10. Bozola

    Bozola Complete Bastard

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    WaDOL accepts Vern's classes now? That's great news!
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  11. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Last official word I've heard was that the WaDOL does not accept out of state S/TEP classes for the driving endorsement. This includes my Adventure Sidecar classes.

    I have heard from several of my former students that they have taken the card from my class to the DOL and been given their endorsement. That's great and I think it should work that way, but I wouldn't count on it.

    If you sucessfully complete my class you should have no problem passing the Wa DOL test, but the official word as far as I know is you are required to take that test. YMMV and if your local DOL office accepts the card, great, but I don't make you any promises that they will.
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  12. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Well, I only got mine because of my charm, good looks and the kisses I blew. :nomystery

    But seriously, the guy said that it was the first one he's seen, but he wasn't surprised at all about me presenting it. No looking it up, no conference with a manager or anything. He got right to it as if he did it everyday.
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  13. KrazyKonrad

    KrazyKonrad Will BBQ for Gas Money

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    OK so stay Sunday night and then stop at every DOL office on the way home until I get lucky :deal
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  14. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    We're talking 'bout DOL here, 'member?! They ain't workin' on Mondays! :lol3
    TT
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  15. KrazyKonrad

    KrazyKonrad Will BBQ for Gas Money

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    Silly Me , What waz I dinking :dunno
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  16. Uncle Ernie

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    That looks like fun. Makes me wonder what I'd pick up after 30 years- all on old Beemers/Steibs.

    Just wondering- would the WA po-leese take my rig with an out-of-state license?
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  17. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I had been riding sidecars for years when I took the class in preparation for the instructors training. The people who taught me had NO street experience on sidecars. I learned a bunch and had fun! YMMV :D

    if you are legal in your state you are legal in all states(of the Union ;-)

    the forfiture laws apply to Washington residents without legal licensure to drive the vehicle they are stopped in.
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  18. KrazyKonrad

    KrazyKonrad Will BBQ for Gas Money

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    Is it legal to ride in Oregon a WA Bike with a WA 3 wheel learners permit? I have a full WA 2 wheel endorsement and insurance.
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  19. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I believe the rule is if you are legal to drive in your own state you are legal in all 50 states. So as long as you are complying with the terms of your learners permit you should be OK. I don't work for DMV so I dont know, I am just guessing- contact the Oregon DMV or State Police for the final word.

    Adventure Sidecar classes are taught on private property, so if your rig is insured and in safe working order, you may use it during class, if you wish, even without a license.
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  20. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    We had another great class last weekend.

    Jill had never driven a motorcycle and look at her go!

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