Evolution of a Hackster There are a million stories in this place, in the hopes it will help some unfortunate soul that has taken the wrong fork in life’s road, here is mine. Some background. I had a pretty active, outdoor life when I was young. Hiking, camping, fishing and hunting were regular activities along with riding motorcycles including minibikes, tote gotes and Honda trail 90s. My first bike was a Honda 350 followed by a blue and white Triumph Tiger, the best looking bike I owned. I sold the Tiger and got a 3 cylinder Triumph, not as good looking as the Tiger but I really liked that motor. About that time I started developing weakness in my legs due to a degenerative nerve problem and had trouble holding the bike up at stops. Most of the time I was okay but once in a while I could not hold the bike up and over we would go. This started happening more often, usually ending with a burn on my leg or a broken foot so I finally sold the bike. I did miss riding though so I bought a little Moto Gucci V50 sport, the most fun to ride of any of my bikes. Eventually that became too much for me to hold up and tired of the frequent injuries, I gave it to my little brother and gave up riding. About 20 years later when I was in a wheelchair, a guy working for me showed up at the shop with a brand new Harley trike. He said it would be a good way for me to ride again and I should take it for a spin. Trikes don’t do much for me and there was no place for Jake the Wonderdog so I said no thanks. A week later a guy comes to the shop with a CAN AM spyder and said it would be perfect for me. No disrespect to the people that own them but they are not for me. Then as I drove into town we saw a sidecar rig. My buddy said that is what you need, so I got out to take a look at it. It was a Dnepr with a BMW motor. I wasn’t sure I could even get on one so I asked the owner if I could sit on it. Wow, it felt pretty good sitting on it and it seemed pretty doable plus there was a good place for Jake. Just like that, the wrong fork in the road was taken and I bought a Ural Patrol.