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MrsDonkeys 08-01-2011 07:06 PM

Maiden Voyage: 1700 Miles Before the Journey Actually Begins
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First of all this is my first time posting on here so if it is a bit of a mess, sorry.

So this adventure began a few months ago with an email from my husband. He sent me an email with a picture of a red Ural gear-up. He decided to buy me a Ural while he's caught in a sand storm some where. I was a bit shocked because I was planning on buying one next year. I had been saying, for a while now, that I had lost my sense of adventure. I never do anything spontaneous anymore. This fueled the decision to fly to Boston, pick up the bike and ride it back to North Carolina. Problem is he can't do it with me. I hope this report helps him feel like he is part of the fun.

When I told my parents what I was going to do they decided to join me. This is where the 1,700 miles comes from. How many parents would drive that far just to ride along with their kid on their first ride? Well, mine did. They left Oklahoma early Friday morning. The first nights stop was in Effingham, IL. Saturday night's stop was in Akron, OH. They stopped in Wilkes-Barre, PA Sunday night and then met me in Boxborough, MA on Monday. Crazy part of the day. I only flew from RDU to Boston and they beat me to the hotel by 4 hours. So they got to see my new ride, set on it, take pictures of it and meet the side car instructor. Of course, as my luck would have it, I made it to Boxborough after they closed so I will just have to wait until tomorrow to see the bike.

My parents ride is a 2002 Ultra Classic Harley trike. I included a picture (hope it shows up). They are pulling a trailer that a friend made for his bike for long rides.

We also pick up one of my German brothers (my parents use to host exchange students) from Boston-Logan airport tomorrow to join us for the journey.

Tomorrow morning I have side car driving lessons, wander around the local area getting use to Boris (the Ural) and then on to our family adventure we will go. We have no real plan other than to make it to North Carolina by August 10. Oh and my mom and I love wine so hopefully we can ride some of the Blue Ridge Parkway to one of my favorite wine stops (Chateau Morrisette Dad just had a brainstorm...if we leave in the morning we can make it to Sturgis in time to the Big Event. I think he is out voted on this one. We will stick to the east coast. Maybe we will see some historic light houses on the outer banks of NC and go deep sea fishing.

For all you guys that drive sidecars, I may be asking for tips after tomorrow. So tune in for the trip and hopefully pictures.

Animo 08-01-2011 07:13 PM

I just have to see this :lurk

RidingDonkeys 08-02-2011 12:32 AM

I'm following along. And just remember the rules here, honey. PICTURES, OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!

Tarka 08-02-2011 02:12 AM

Great start and I`m eager to follow this adventure along! :deal

I`m really pleased to read that you`re getting sidecar riding lessons first,and I wish everyone buying their first combo would fact,I think it`s totally reckless for a seller to supply a combo to an untrained person and it should be a condition of sale for both parties concerned.
So...well done to you and may the fun start soon!

P.S. I`m not sure if anyone else is affected by this but due to your photo size it means the writing doesn`t fit on my screen...I have to scroll across and back with each line which is a bit awkward.

MrsDonkeys 08-02-2011 08:10 PM

Day 1 of the adventure
The sidecar lessons were great. I really enjoyed the lesson and learned a lot. Of course there is a ton more to learn. I actually got the sidecar wheel off the ground a bit at the end of the lesson, which was pretty scary but now I know what that feels like. I just hope that doesn't happen to often.

The parents on their Harley ready to start this trip
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My husband told me about factoring in extra time for stops. We now know why. The first stop was a gas station a few miles from the dealer. In the few minutes we were there a family came up to ask about the bike. The kids sat in the sidecar for pictures and I thought we would never leave.

We left Boxborough, MA and headed to Salem, MA via back roads. Thanks to my amazing husband, we were set up with a Garmin Zumo GPS. Although this was very sweet of him, he may have forgotten how technically challenged I actually am. The software that comes with the device looks great and I really wish I knew how to work it. This trip may go a little more smoothly if so. We ended up driving through a ton of small towns, so it was constant stop and go traffic. My wrists are killing me as well as dads. It was amazing how many people will roll down their window at a red light to ask questions about a bike. This happened often. After about an hour and a half later we were at our destination. Tobi met us in Salem so we could avoid driving in Boston. Thank goodness.

Me and Tobi
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After seeing a few of the sites we decided to hit the road again. We do have to put 500km on this bike for the first service before heading South to North Carolina. Little did we know the route was once again going to be stop and go from Salem, MA to Salem, NH. Most of the ride it looked like the bottom was going to fall out. Last thing we needed was a down pour while on the first day of riding a new bike.
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We lucked out. It waited until we checked into our hotel. Thankfully.

End of the day one and the stats are: Three kids getting pictures in the side car, four people walking up to talk about the bike, one guy followed us to a gas station to take pictures of it, and one lady hanging out of her truck to give a thumbs up. All in all I say it was an ok day.

Now I have a few questions that maybe some experienced divers may be able to answer. Why does it pull so hard to the left when you let off the throttle? Does the steering get easier? I feel like I am fighting it and I am tired.

All I have for now.

Tarka 08-03-2011 04:40 AM


Originally Posted by Sidecar Sunshine (Post 16540269)
Now I have a few questions that maybe some experienced divers may be able to answer. Why does it pull so hard to the left when you let off the throttle? Does the steering get easier? I feel like I am fighting it and I am tired.

I can`t see your photos but I guess you`ve got a sidecar on the right hand side of the when you let off the throttle,the unpowered freewheeling sidecar will try to 'run around' the bike and thus you`ll get a bias to the left.
It`s not actually pulling to the left but the bias is to veer that way.

Likewise when moving away from a standstill,the reverse situation happens with the static sidecar causing the bike to try and run around the sidecar initially,and needing you to subtly correct for it.

Once you`re used to riding a combo,the 'run around' effect on throttling off can be used to great advantage when corning at speed.

You`re tired because you`re not used to riding a combo and aren`t relaxed.
It`s a physical experience and uses all kinds of odd muscles....I ached in places I didn`t know existed after my first decent combo trip,and that was with me having over 25 years solo experience......a combo is totally different and is ridden in a different way.

As the miles pass and the experience builds you`ll get used to it and start to relax...then you`ll really start enjoying it!

RidingDonkeys 08-03-2011 04:43 AM

Hmmmm....can't see photos. That means I probably screwed up when I reorganized the photos in my photobucket account. I swear I tested it first! Darn OCD.

MrsDonkeys 08-03-2011 05:06 AM


Originally Posted by Tarka (Post 16541890)
I can`t see your photos but I guess you`ve got a sidecar on the right hand side of the bike.

Sorry my husband moved the pictures around. I put new links up.

MrsDonkeys 08-03-2011 05:22 AM

I have no idea what happened to day 1. It was there and now it is gone. I am not typing it all again so I will just put the picture links


Me and Tobi


Jeff please stop being OCD. I am technically challenged enough.

RidingDonkeys 08-03-2011 05:56 AM

Yes Ma'am! :D

Tarka 08-03-2011 09:56 AM

Oh dear....all of the first day posting has disappeared. :cry

Not sure what happened there,guys....but at least the photo size is spot on now.

Don`t be disheartened.....carry on regardless! :deal

GB 08-03-2011 05:12 PM

Thread title updated as per your request :thumb


planzman 08-03-2011 06:48 PM

Why does it have to be

RidingDonkeys 08-04-2011 04:00 AM

Gadget Boy rocks!

And looky there, Day 1 is back too! :D

MrsDonkeys 08-04-2011 04:30 AM

Day 2
We got a bit of a late start, but no big deal. We don't have much of an agenda. Tobi figured out how to map out a route with the GPS software, but then it wouldn't upload to the navi. Eventually we will figure this thing out. It worked well enough for Tobi to input a way point, we would arrive there and stop and he would put in the next.

We spent most of the day on the Mohawk Trail. That was a lot of pucker factor to deal with on a first ride. We were almost taken out twice by people trying to pass in no passing zones. Oy! It was a pretty ride.

The views were great.

Half way through the ride the camera was having problems so we didn't get as many pictures as we were hoping. Now it is fixed so hopefully day 3 we will have more pictures

We did cover three states in the days journey. Which is great because Boris (the bike) is now at 490km and ready to head to the dealer this morning for his check-up. Then we are going to start heading south toward North Carolina.

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