FOUND a local to help out. THANKS!! Vets last ride in a Ural or hack. Phx AZ

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by AZKomet, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. AZKomet

    AZKomet Been here awhile

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    I was contacted by a social worker here in Phx regarding an elderly male who is a veteran of Vietnam and then a retired police officer. He is in his 70s and has mild dementia and is in the VA long term care center here in Phx.

    He was an avid motorcycle rider and now only dreams of being on one. He talks about riding incessantly and his family would like me (someone) to provide him with a last ride.
    While he has no true medical condition he does have progressive dementia and cannot sit on a regular m/c otherwise I would have this done already.
    The weather is perfect here and my thought is to borrow a Ural or hack for half a day and take him to lunch then return him to the VA. I would like to do this soon before he progressing. The weather will change soon and it may be too cold for him in the weeks to come.
    If someone is willing to loan me the hack or willing to give the guy a ride then I am up for that as well.
    If someone is kind enough to help please let me know. I have talked to the Ural dealer here and was given a go....However, it takes an act of congress for lawyers that wanna dissect everything to the point of paralysis by analysis. I have had 29 bikes and an avid rider. If you are a local Phx rider and can help, or have a suggestion, then please contact me at occamsrazor@cox.net

    TIA Dave
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  2. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    You have to learn to drive a sidecar before you can safely take a passenger. Doesn't matter how many bikes you've had. That's like saying you can drive a sidecar just fine because you've had 29 snowmobiles. Or 29 boats.

    If you're gonna give a guy a ride, plan on following or leading on your own bike and let an experienced sidecar guy drive the rig. Last thing you want is to be teaching yourself how to drive a sidecar while also carrying a passenger.

    Several frequent visitors to this section of ADV are in the Phoenix area and I'm betting that one of them will hit you up with an offer. One guy, in fact, owns like about 15 sidecar rigs and he's right near you. I might suggest though that you edit the title of the thread to say PHOENIX not PHX. Will catch their eye better.
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  3. Happytrails63

    Happytrails63 Adventurer

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    Sounds like a great thing to do, hope you find someone to help him out.

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  4. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Noble idea you have. Just don't think in a short time you'll find a sidecar owner to loan his outfit to an inexperienced sidecar pilot. As mentioned previously, just cause you can "safely" pilot a skiff or snowmobile with a passenger don't qualify you to give some old-timer vet his possibly 'last' ride in an outfit :( I've done what you intend for an oldtimer WWII vet that was in the same home as my dad. It was a great worthy experience for both of us but I used my own rig, did some legalese paperwork with the home and relatives to cover mine and their arses before the local day trip. VERY wonderful experience for me and Walter, but there was more to it than just showing up...
    "Hey Walter look what I borrowed..jump-in!"
    Good plan but it needs some rethinking/fine-tuning.
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  5. AZKomet

    AZKomet Been here awhile

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    Hi guys....Never said I was an expert at hack riding. However, nobody even asked if I had owned or ridden one??? In any case I understand the input and thanks. I was merely trying to get a possible volunteer as well. In all honesty I don't have the time. However, being a humanitarian I felt I should step up and at least try. We all know our time on this rock is minimal.....Just trying to do the right thing here. If I am unable to then I am ok with that as I tried.
    Anyone???
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  6. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Wish I had time, but PHX is a long way from Fresnope, and I'm working 6 days a week till the end of the year.
    Definitely a worthy cause though!
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  7. AZKomet

    AZKomet Been here awhile

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    Found someone local to do this. Thanks for those who may have considered it.
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  8. walkingbear

    walkingbear Lets Play Chicken!

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    I could be a backup if you need me.
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  9. Strong Bad

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