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Old 06-21-2010, 02:03 AM   #1
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No longer a sidecar virgin... my new Guzzi/EZS rig!

My wife and I are looking into sidecars to transport our children - Tycho Thelonious is now 3.5 years old and our daughter is due in August. My pregnant wife took a sidecar course a few weeks ago. Yesterday it was my turn. The instructor was a policeman who rides an R1100R hack with double controls.

No pictures, but we went to a parking lot first, where I had to take corners with increasing speed, U-turns, weaving around cones by steering only and by using the throttle on and off to turn. A lot of practical tips and tricks, and a few hours getting to know the reaction forces of a sidecar combination.

Then we proceeded for a ride on the open road, where I learned how to take obstacles and roundabout, riding the soft shoulder, choosing the ideal line through sharp curves and long curves, reading the road. At one point I reached a top speed of 130 kph!

Regular instruction would've been from 16.00 - 20.00 hours, but we had such fun that we rode until 22.00 hours.

The best Father's Day to date....

Next Saturday we'll go looking at a red Moto Guzzi Mille GT with EZS TP II sidecar combination from 1993 with just 7500 kilometers on the meter. If we buy the hack, you'll see the pictures in this thread...
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:45 AM   #2
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:58 AM   #3
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Great, another fool on the roads.

You gonna take a look at that red Goose from MP?
Looks good, profi build.

Give her new fluids, tires and grease all connectors and ride.

Congrats, man.

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Old 06-21-2010, 09:31 AM   #4
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Yes, we'll check out the red EZS Guzzi on MP - I'm already inquiring after new tyres [often not in stock at the tyre center] and I'll make sure it gets a fluids change and all round check-up.

Paul, Erik told me that you're a Guzzi two-valve expert too - I'm still looking for a place for the Guzzi to be serviced, are you interested?
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:06 PM   #5
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Yep you got the "Disease." The only cure is a Hack.

How about some photos of the "Duel Control" training sidecar????
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:35 PM   #6
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Certainly no expert, but I do know a few things about Guzzi.
Hey, still got one.
For maint and/or repairs, you know where my man-castle lives.

For tires, check out the Conti ecocontact 135/70R15, or the like.
They are used on the Smart bubblecar.
I fitted them iso the highwall Firestone or Michelin used on older rigs, no problem there and a much more stable ride.

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:39 AM   #7
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Yep you got the "Disease." The only cure is a Hack.

How about some photos of the "Duel Control" training sidecar????
check: http://www.zijspanrijschoolrobteffer.nl/
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:30 AM   #9
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Pictures of the sidecar Rob uses to teach riding:

http://www.zijspanrijschoolrobteffer...leszijspan.php

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Old 06-24-2010, 04:41 AM   #10
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A small child was part of the impetus that pushed me towards a sidecar rig. My four year old daughter will occasionally take a short ride, but she finds the noise (any loud noises besides herself, actually) very distasteful. I hope she gets past that so we can ride together more as she gets older.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:23 PM   #11
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Hi there! I also took a sidecar course at Rob Teffer (Gss!!!). Absolutely neccesairy and great fun! First rides on my own were quite sweaty ... But now... compared to solo bike riding maybe it is even more fun . And my children love it...

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:18 AM   #12
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@ Egghead the 3rd

Like I said before, I really like your outfit.

@ Reprobate:

Had a look at the Guzzi on MP. Typical outfit from the eighties. The large EZS TP II will catch "some" wind, but the high roof and the enormous luggage boot is ideal for a family outfit. Your wife and kid(s) will enjoy it.

For the tires, I agree with the suggestions from Paul-RS. Furthermore the low and modern tires will improve handling. I suggest you choose a wintertyre version. (Wintercontact iso Ecocontact).

I started sidecaring many years ago, when my kids were the same age, for probably the same reason. Now they are adults and havent ridden with us in the chair for years now. Still I love outfits. One of the best discoveries I ever made.

Have fun, with whatever outfit you choose.

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:54 PM   #13
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I bought the Guzzi hack!



Gallery here: Guzzi Tyn



17 years old, only 7500 kilometers on the odometer!

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Old 06-26-2010, 05:01 PM   #14
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Hell of nice outfit you got there............Enjoy.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:48 AM   #15
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congatulaions, that's a nice outfit. Judging by the licence plate, it has been standing for far to long.
Both the bike and the sidecar are rock solid, you surely will have a good time with it.
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