|03-07-2012, 11:13 AM||#16|
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: HarCo, MD
Couple of things. I am incredibly limited in use of my left arm/hand. I bought the hack before my surgery so I thought that I wouldn't be able to ride again post-op. That being said, here's a few tricks I found have helped, through my own trial and error.
1). Leave the steering dampener loose, I know it seems counter-intuitive but it actually makes it harder when you're a bit. . .uneven with your arm strength.
2). For off-camber roads, rather than fight the handle bars, shift your WHOLE body, by supporting your weight with your legs and steer with your strong arm. It's funky at first but soon becomes second nature. It isn't uncommon for me to have have of my rear-end sitting on the sidecar body edge.
3). Run a higher tire pressure up front and make sure the wheel is true and balanced
4). Relax. It's been said a zillion times, but until your are relaxed and confident, you're working against yourself.
5). Figure 8s in the parking lot for practice building up endurance. People will look at your strange and the local constabulary may pay you a visit, but I wasn't able to find a better way.
6). Rest. Often. I break up my rides into smaller chunks rather than a long distance all at once. Takes more time but you will feel better.
7). Set-up. As said in previous posts.
Breathe, keep breathing, I can't do this alone
|03-07-2012, 07:50 PM||#17|
I used to be SCRay
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: you dont call wagga wagga wagga
There is an older fellow over this side of the pond. Let's call him John, 'cause that's his name. He had a K100 with a double width chair and was towing a camper trailer, one designed to go behind a small car.
his solution to aid the steering, especially in a straight line, involved running an elastic rope from the rear of the front swing-arm to the inside of the sidecar, through a guide to the back of the sidecar, then back toward the front. The front end was within hand reach so that he could adjust the tension on the rope depending on the road he was riding on.
Of course that was very handy over here where straights can be measured in lots of kilometres, or not so big lots of miles.
Sorry, I don't have a photo. I realise that my description is inadequate, especially in the set up adjacent to his knee where he could control the tension. The reason it actually worked was because, unless you're riding quite slowly, there isn't that much steering input to change direction, so even when he was turning against the rope tension, it wasn't that huge.
It worked for John, so he claimed. I've seen other's who have just used ocky straps to give some pre-tension on the handlebars too.
Anyone got snaps? Or clearer descriptions?
rayb "Faster Daddy! Faster!"
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