Europe Side Car Rally 2010

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  1. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    I was at the European Sidecar Rally in Luxembourg on Aug 27-29 2010 and saw about 850 rigs. Here are a few photos of some of them.
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    Garry
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  2. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Hey, i didn't see you over there.
    Don't be embarrassed, please post some more pictures.
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  3. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    I was the only one there Friday, Saturday and Sunday walking around in a T shirt, shorts and sandals, everyone else was bundled up in winter clothes.

    Garry
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  4. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    Here are a few more pictures

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  5. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    Great photos of some really interesting and unusual combos...thank you.

    Sadly,lack of free time and free money prevented me from going but here`s hoping to the next one.


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  6. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Garry, looks like it was a fantastic weekend, thanks for posting the pics.

    That's my favourite pic, start 'em young :lol3 :clap
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  7. Jimnwendy

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    I arrived late on Thursday in a rain storm and quickly opened the trailer tent just inside the site entrance. The wife and I were glad to get out of the torrential rain. :clap It was pitch black and I could see camping lights in the distance some way down the hill. As it was my first time I was unsure how big the site was or how steep the hill and didn't fancy getting stuck in the mud. On reflection, I should have braved the darkness as the site had flatter, more sheltered areas near the lake. :rofl Next day I could see about 50 outfits had arrived and they kept coming all day long. :clap By Friday night there wasn't much space left anywhere and people were camping on the steep sides of the hill. Had a great night in the beer hall and met some friends from the Uk and Holland and Belgium. :1drink Got chatting to a Dutch man, Eric, who spoke most european languages rather well. He acted as interpreter for much of the weekend and us Brits were most grateful. We had sunshine and showers all weekend and every shower was another exscuse for a beer undercover. :1drink The bikes were amazing and included a sidecar that detaches from the frame and turns into a boat complete with oars and outboard motor! :freaky A great weekend, :D just a shame the numbers were down with only 850 or so turning up instead of the usual 1,600! :wink:
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  8. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    That was the 8th picture on post #4

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  9. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    The young guy flew the car through the pylons both directions hardly touching the 3rd wheel. Here is a video of it.

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    Garry
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  10. TouringDave

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    :clap What a little star! Brilliant.
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  11. chairhead

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    I too was there,
    my wife and i got there Wednesday afternoon and got the tent up just before it started to rain:clap ,numbers were down this year due to the weather,there was a distinct lack of a buzz for me,the camping area was smaller,the constructors area smaller,people were leaving Saturday morning:huh seemed like a scaled down version of last year to me,any way i tooks a few photos so enjoy,apologies if the have been posted before
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  12. Richard-NL

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    First time I´ve seen the März Variablo was over 5 years ago on a FJR 1300. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    As you can see in the link, the former years they displayed it in a plastic child pool. Last year they had one on a FLHTC:

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    The price for innovation went to this MV outfit (See pics of the construction in another thread). Price for best complete home built was not awarded to this outfit, since he wins that too often, I think. Personally I think it&#8217;s a Ruko copy, especially since the Shark chair was used this time. Everything else on the outfit was built in the basement.

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    <o:p>Best home-built outfit. Especially the front was Dutch out-of-the-box thinking. Different from what the settled manufacturers make nowadays. A technical price, not for beauty.....</o:p>
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    Third generation of the Ruko Explorer (3):

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    <o:p>Real news (and I would have expected the British visitors to report) was a left-handed Tripteq Heeler. FYI 20 kits for BMW oilheads will go to GB.</o:p>
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    <o:p>I think this is a very good design and having ridden some of those myself (the right-hander) a couple of times, I can tell you this very simple three point connection works well, has TüV and has proven itself hundreds of times over the last five years or so. Beats many (most) oilhead outfits, shown in this forum. Believe me, I know what I&#8217;m talking about. Very basic, but with the front fork adapter, the rear wheel adapter incl. a car wheel and tyre and a sidecar brake, nothing much more to wish. </o:p>
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    A good choice if you don&#8217;t want to spend too much money and still want a safe beemer oilhead outfit. Now a left-handed version is available.


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    Similar right-handed kits will go to Canada as well this year. (near future).

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    <o:p>Nice looking Triumph Tiger leaner outfit (you didn&#8217;t miss that one, Gary?) with two side-stands. The number of leaners could be counted on one hand. Maybe the weather? BTW Gary, looking at your pics, you passed our tents&#8230;&#8230;</o:p>
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    <o:p>Friend of mine&#8217;s new Strike outfit (originally a Hedingham, new developed design will be copied further) on a CBR1300 Honda with an adapted Trisis frame. No struts! She&#8217;s really looking forward to have a ride with it, when it's completely finished:</o:p>
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    Will continue in a short while, before I loose this posting.... and after dinner.

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  13. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    I walked around most all of the grounds, no-one talked to me. I guess if you wear a T shirt, shorts and sandals in that weather they think you are nuts???? I would of like to talk to some of you.

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  14. Richard-NL

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    @ Garry. We - Chairhead and Richard-NL - were wearing T-shirts too. (no pic just now) Chairhead most of the times with flip flops and shorts and I with a cast and crutches..... most of the times also with sun-glasses. :nod

    Most of the times it was quite good weather and no-one would consider you nuts, just by looking at your clothing. Definitely not. Just adress people. Everybody is used that people stand at the outfits and have a look. If you wanna talk, just start. Never had a problem with that.

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  15. Richard-NL

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    The continuing story&#8230;..
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    Well, it was nice to have met you and your wife irl, Sidecarjohn. Including the discussion (Uh, agreement). You know what. Never mind.

    Some random pics (Excuse me for probably some double posts, but I've put some text with the pics):

    Dutch boar outfit. Seen it several times on the Altes Elefantentreffen at the Nürbürgring:

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    "Winterbiker", in the background, grinning for what seems new to him.

    Dr. Big Suzuki DR800 with "ground" colors:

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    Sommer outfit (license plate). Very well maintained HGT Dreamline K outfit. Unfortunately,
    the wife dropped the solo bike on Sunday, a thing we expected to happen for four days. It wasn't the first and certainly not the last solo (150 of the 950 attendants were with a solo bike) that would fall over when loading, with the side or centre stand, dissapearing in the grass. Not smart.

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    Triumph / Stern / Armec:

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    Detail: You can see in the front, that there's place for another brake caliper.

    V-Rod with a front tire just as wide as on BMWEuro's outfit.....:

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    Special paint Zeus from French Sidebike:

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    Dutch low budget bike. (K with a Stoye Superelastic chair). Rest home made incl. the single-arm LL. The driver is very small and I allways have to laugh, when he really full throttle pushes the bike through real thick mud with a tractor tire on the rear. Awesome.

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    Cheap Dutch outfit with EZS chair and homemade connections and car wheels with spokes.

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    Belgian home-built by Petaatbmw who was a day visitor on Saturday:

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    Not really special or interesting, but maybe you like it. A Dutch EML R1200 GS EML GT 2001 outfit including Extenso Dive Fork (Watch the exhaust):

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    Well, that's about it for now. Can show you a lot more, or some details, but I wouldn't know why I'll put in the effort just now.

    We arrived early afternoon on Thursday and were one of the latest to leave. Weather wasn't 100%. Floodings were reported all over Europe, but we were camping together with a great international (Dutch, Welsh, German, Belgian) troop. On Friday morning Chairhead and I discussed the weather situation and agreed that a lot of people would decide not to come. Unfortunately that thought became reality. The rally site was smaller as the years before too. Less people, better and cleaner sanitary. Some advantages too. Had some great food, made by our Welsh friends on Thursday and Friday and a late BBQ on Saturday. On Sunday evenening we had a After-Party in Holland with some Welsh, Germans and Dutch.

    Next year the EGT (European Sidecar Rally) will be in Hatzfeld-Reddighausen in Germany. Join me to the biggest Sidecar Rally in the world. Some 1.400 - 1.500 sidecaristi will go there again, wetter permitted.

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  16. miggins11

    miggins11 Been here awhile

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    Some great pictures - thanks for posting one and all.
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  17. Evel Knievel

    Evel Knievel Paredini, Antonio

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    SuperB! Does anyone have more pictures of this one, please?:D
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  18. Evel Knievel

    Evel Knievel Paredini, Antonio

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    After a couple of minutes glazing at the pic's, reading the comments and watching te pic's again. I'am very curious if you got any more where that came from!:evil
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  19. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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  20. McCardigan

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    A big thank you Garry and Richard for posting the photo's.:clap
    Some outstanding outfits.
    Would have loved to been there but it wasn't meant to be:cry

    But next year, (fingers crossed) I will be there with the new Tuck Truck 2.
    The bike ships out in early January and we (Beet and I) collect it at the end of March in Turkey.

    Will the rally be the same time i.e last week of August?

    Look forward to meeting you and sharing a beer or 3:1drink
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