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Old 06-08-2012, 07:51 AM   #46
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Because racing a regular motorcycle was just far too easy...
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #47
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Because my wife wanted a Ural, so she got one. I came home and quickly found out that is was more fun than any bike I've ever owned.

That, and it is hard to get this guy to ride pillion.

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Old 06-09-2012, 03:31 PM   #48
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Why ride a sidecar rig?

Decided that after 48 years of riding two wheels it was time to see if an "old dog" could learn new tricks. Took a weekend sidecar class and fell in love. Still have my two wheeler but find that I'm enjoying the sidecar rig maybe a little too much. I'm thinking of hacking the Triumph T100, too. That way I can have a "big" rig (BMW R1100 w/EZS car) and a "little" rig.

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Old 06-10-2012, 02:54 PM   #49
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Because four years ago I was in a coma for ten days and they thought I might not make it..........

Honda sat in garage gathering dust until last October when I purchased a Velorex sidecar to solve strength/balance issues....

In rehab now............expect to escape and go home in about two weeks..........

Having my fork seals and fluids replaced and a new back tire put on very soon.........

Wanna ride with the big boys............
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #50
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dog, daughter in that order
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #51
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Because it's the only way I can take him with me

This is why I WANT one!! My goldens name is Teddy and my GS is red.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:03 PM   #52
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Why do I ride a sidecar ? ... too heavy to push.

I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

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Old 06-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #53
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Wife wouldn't ride on the back of the bike with a bellyfull of arms and legs. Once the daughter was born she wouldn't fit in a pannier. Then the daughter wouldn't ride on the back with a bellyfull of arms and legs. Then the grand-daughter wouldn't fit in a panner. A sidecar solved all those problems. (In retrospect a surgical snip would solve all those problems and prove cheaper).
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:59 PM   #54
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Hmmmmm !

I had gotten to be a pretty decent pavement rider, have always been intrigued by them, they are not a trike ! I got a Mini Schnauzer named Justin whose always along and his folding box bungied on the back of a two wheeler almost seems abusive, time to learn something new, I'm basically a dual sport rider and most of my favorite haunts in Mississippi River Valley are not fast anyway, so its a new adventure.DB
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #55
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Because I cause a serious case of UDF any time I see a sidecar rig. I've always loved sidecars and just this past week put down a deposit on a DMC rig to be fitted sometime the beginning of next year. Essentially I want it for those times I want to take my dog, nephew, mother or whoever with me and not have tow kery about crushing them with a bike.

Plus, I'm a self-proclaimed wuss: the idea of going off road is appealing but the potential ouchiness factor holds me back. Yeah, I'm a total wimp but am willing to bet my riding habits change a lot with this sidecar rig.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #56
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Why do you ride a sidecar?

I just dig things that are fun. Sidecars are what you make of them.
Prior to the rig I have now, I have had two old skool (/3 and /2 BMW rigs) and one new skool Honda with all the fixins. They all have their own quirks and attitudes. Right now I am diggin my /2 conversion with a Bottle Cap Ural. Been watching the clutch slip away and have all the parts to fix it now. So gonna quit riding it while I do a little work on it.

I guess I ride my bike so the sidecar has a sense of adventure every time we roll out of the garage
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:08 AM   #57
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Winding up another great year of traveling with my buddy. Will be adding a ragtop this winter to give him a bit more protection from the sun and rain. After the heat of Missouri this summer I had to do something. Traveling at night kept us cooler, but the scenery sucked!

Barley ends this year with slightly more than 24,000 miles under his collar.

I got a sidecar to travel with my dog. He never complains, is delighted to be with me, approves of my dietary choices, is a social butterfly who helps me meet folks, appreciates a good beer, snuggles better than my wife, and hangs on my every word as if it's the most profound thing he's ever heard.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:30 AM   #58
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Well, nine years ago while having heart ablation surgery the doctor flat-lined me. I have the worse stuff you can have V-Fib and V-Tac. I go into V-Fib on a regular basis. It usually reverts in less than 10 seconds and I'm good. I have never passed out or anything close to that. Without meds my at rest heartbeat is around 150bpm. The meds keep it at a steady 68. That night, nine years ago after the failed ablation surgery, the doctor showed up in my room and told me that I "had the bad stuff" and was going to be a cyborg for the rest of my life. NICE! I have a great chest x-ray! Ever since that day they have told me that riding motorcycles was too dangerous for me. I could get hurt! Wow, really! Didn't know that doc! Needless to say, I didn't quit riding. I actually rode more and had a lot of fun doing it. They freak when I show up at my appointments on a bike. Right now, I am on my second (ICD) Implantable Cardio Defibulator and I have NEVER had an issue while riding my motorcycles.

Last Spring, I started having more issues and in August, they put 2 stints into me. Again, they started with the "you need to quite riding motorcycles crap," But I still didn't listen to them. Again, I have never had an issue. The latest news is that two weeks ago, I got more bad news and they may actually retire me at less than a year shy of turning 50 years old. During a routine check they found that my heart has weakened, slowed down and it has lost some function. They have a great name for it. Anyway, as it now stands, they say that bikes are pretty much a thing of the past for me. I still have a 2009 Kawasaki KLX250S that I plan to keep and ride 4 miles to church, every once in awhile. I may also make a lap of the area with my riding buddies every so often.

They tell me that riding on 3-wheels is ok and that I can ride a trike without any issues. There are NO trikes in my future. My problem now is: what do I hack? I like the new Husqvarna TR650 Terra and I have the money to buy one and pay cash for it. I've talked with Claude Stanley and he will do the hack conversion for me. I also have a 2005 KTM 950 Adventure. It would make a great tug and nobody has a hacked 950. The real dilema is that I also love the URAL Gear-Up. A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Dave Heindl and he took me for a ride in a Tourist. Close enough to the Gear-Up for me to know that I want one. My thought is to just go buy the Husqvarna TR650 and ride it. If they do in fact retire me, then I would get Claude to hack the Husky or just sell it and buy the URAL. The URAL is really the rig that I want, if I am retired and can no longer work. I suppose I'll wait to see what happens next.

Honestly, I'd rather wish all this away so, that I could keep working and riding motorcycles. Sidecar rigs are very cool though and moving into that type of riding would be much better for me. I guess it boils down to me not liking people telling me what I have to do.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:24 AM   #59
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Bought my first rig a1981RT/Ural in 98.Crashed it in 99.Spent a year rebuilding it then I sold it for a profit..Bought my 2nd rig in 2007. This was a 92RT/EML.We called it the rehab bike...Shattered my left Knee and couldn't ride...3 knee surgurys & 1 replacement and the wifes arthritis the rig was our way to ride together.Now with 4 granddaughters they like it to...Bought a 03 GSA/Ural in09 See the pattern..Its a sick passion....But i love it!!!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:53 AM   #60
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another view

I met a Slovak rider riding cross country, his current residence was MA He saw my first sidecar adv a 83 gl1100 Ural and said "sidecars a pain in the ass, you hate them till you love them ".DB
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