Why do you ride a sidecar?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by bokad, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. snayle

    snayle Adventurer

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    when I first met 3leggs he was riding solo (PUSSY)

    That was nearly 30 years ago

    He may ride outfits now but he is still a pussy!!!!




    I ride out fits 'coz I can!

    although when I first started riding outfits it was because

    I had 3 kids a missus and no car


    I still dont drive, but I have a shed full of bikes some

    with chairs and some without Im no pussy just a c##t!



    cheers Snayle
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  2. Flodder

    Flodder Flodder

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    MMMM !!! Three legs thinking, this will cause some issues.

    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  3. Brendan J

    Brendan J ONE HACK AT A TIME

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    ROLLIN AROUND THE VICTORIAN COUNTRY SIDE !!!

    :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  4. Andrew2

    Andrew2 Team 250

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    Bloody hell Brendan your happy tonight:rofl
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  5. Andrew2

    Andrew2 Team 250

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    All good Neil:thumb.

    This is why I got my sidecar.
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    Cheers
    A2
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  6. bokad

    bokad Difficult Child

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    How come the dog gets the better view and air than the kid?! :)

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  7. bokad

    bokad Difficult Child

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    My leg hurts looking at that picture!

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  8. bokad

    bokad Difficult Child

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    That's just awesome. Where did you get that cover with the doggie hole from?

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  9. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I had it made at a local boating shop. Used the OEM full cover as a template, positioned the hatch for the size of my dog, made a few adjustments and that's what we ended up with. With the hatch and the interior vent open Barley gets plenty of airflow, plus protection from the sun when he's had enough. When it rains I zip it shut save for six inches so he can stick his nose out. The windscreen keeps rain out as long as we're moving.

    The size and position of the hatch is critical. This one fits Barley just fine, and he now has 16,000 miles under his collar in all sorts of weather. Rusty, the other golden who rides with me, is a much longer dog and the hatch is wrong for him, so he only does short trips around the village with no cover in place.

    Pete
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  10. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    My wife has some hip issues that cause her discomfort on the bike seat. In the hack she is more comfortable, can change positions, read or sleep as she wishes. It allows us more time together. We have yet to try anything serious with the dogs, 3 terriers. Not sure that any of them will take to traveling.
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  11. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    As a relatively newly married biking couple in the early 70s we considered investing in a Japanese superbike, but knew we also wanted kids. The latter determined investment in a sidecar outfit, a new Ural with Watsonian Palma reasonably well before our first was on her way. Would have liked a different machine, but the cheaper Ural fitted in with our financial status. The deal was very much reinforced by the lady wife having a history with sidecars in her family, and to be fair I didn't mind.

    Did have problems with the Ural, lots, but we had joined a facet of motorcycling that ultimately proved to be great for us and our two kids. Regrets ? Not for us, but feel sorry for the many solo rider mates who left the fold and were relegated to cars.
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  12. chiba

    chiba elitist BMW snob

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    45 minutes into any ride, my kid falls asleep. In the sidecar, she can do that safely.
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  13. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    The only reason why I haven't responded is I have been preparing my bike for the OCR. Who else is going? Oh that's right not Andrew, not Brendan, not Clancy, Not Flooder (I think) and not Snayle but to be fair to Snayle he is not going because he is doing a lap of Australia at the same time so he's excused.
    So infidels, kiss my pimple marked fat arse:kat:lol3:lol3:lol3

    3legs
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  14. Andrew2

    Andrew2 Team 250

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    Neils not going???.Let's get that right Alex,you only ever do 1 ride every second year:lol3:lol3.it is a biggie though
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  15. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    Grumble mumble Andrew's a c@#t mumble grumble I hate it whens he's right grumble mumble must do more rides to keep those bloody New South Pussies er I mean welshman and victorians off my arse mumble grumble. Now where's that shotgun.

    :D:D:D

    3legs
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  16. ivel_86

    ivel_86 Oops

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    Well I wanted to respond because I can! I got mine because I thought they look cool as crap and my dad always thought they were cool. I had a child (ok so the ex wife had a child) but than she became an ex wife and doesnt want my son riding in the rig. So I have considered selling it but I am leaning more towards just keeping it. It will be paid off after this deployment anyways might as well keep it until he gets older and maybe his mother won't bitch as much. We shall see how it all pans out! But I love my rig love the smiles love the storage just really enjoy riding it!
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  17. AL-58

    AL-58 BMWs make good landfill

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    First one was because we wanted to try something different for the '94 OCR at Mt Dare with the sand and all that; then because it's practical, carrying space, the dogs love it etc.

    3 K100 sidecars later, it's mostly just cause it's fun and the dogs still love it. Marie mostly always takes her own bike, I rarely have passengers in the chair.

    Al
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  18. Brendan J

    Brendan J ONE HACK AT A TIME

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    Not that you weirdos from over the border would know how to shoot anyway !!!!



    :amazon
















    :hide

    Now back to the topic at hand !!!








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  19. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    I got old enough to appreciate the finer things in life.
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  20. Paint shaker

    Paint shaker Been here awhile

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    Preface: I first saw a Ural or Dnepr somewhere around 2000. Thought pretty cool bike but not what I wanted at the time.



    I am an avid Harley and Buell fan and have had several different Harleys. My first Buell was an S1W, then a Firebolt (and another for racing). I had a bit of lust for the Uly when Buell introduced it. Finally the "adventure" riding/touring/ moto camping bug bit me in in 2009 and I traded my road going Firebolt to a friend for his Uly.

    Likes; Handled well on the road, the 3 bags had lots of room for storage and a I could strap a lot on the back seat.

    Dislikes; I found the ergos not to my liking, it was a tad on the tall side, felt a bit top heavy, nobody made an agressive enough tire for it and it wasn't much of an "adventure" bike to me (other's opinions will vary).

    In 2011 I remembered about the Ural/Dnepr and began my research. From my research I determined a Ural is not perfect, but would most likely suit my needs. I put my Uly up for sale. I went and test rode a Ural and was pretty much hooked. I decided on a 2007 or up Gear Up. I watched several come and go before I could sell my Uly. I began contemplating buying a new Ural T before the Uly sold.

    In Feb 2012 I sold the Uly and less than a week later I found myself at Holowpaw Genes with the intent to buy a brand new Ural T. While there I spied an olive drab Ural that I really liked. It was equiped very simular to a Gear Up and even had a hack windshield. When Gene told me it was a 1997 it nearly crushed my hopes as I really wanted an 07 or newer. Gene continued to tell me about the bike and informed me it had a 2008 motor/trans/final drive and the Ducati ignition. Gene told me the price. My eyes brightened up and I went to the corner to consult with my buddy who had driven me down there.

    I met with Gene, briefly discussed the price and cut him a check...

    I've put 7,200 klicks on the bike since! Only issues thus far have a been a bad electric starter and some bad light bulbs. Everything else works just fine. Getting ready for my third oil change.:freaky
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