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Old 07-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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How often do you see other sidecars?

As a city P&D driver I am on the road 8 to 10 hours a day in the Seattle metropolitan area, I only see a sidecar maybe once every other week on average, and 9 out of 10 times it is a Ural. On the other hand I see Harley trikes, and Can-Am Spyders several times a week.

I know sidecars represent a small number, but are there really that many more trikes than sidecars? Or does the average sidecar owner just not ride that much?

Last week I was shocked to see 4 rigs in 1 day, 3 Urals, and 1 unidentified UJM rig.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:56 AM   #2
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And you live in the PNW, seems to be the hot spot for hacks. Here in Colorado, I RARELY see another hack. Back in NY, I don't recall ever seeing one.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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I live just north of Santa Barbara Ca. Down the street there is a Honda Nighthawk with a LL front end rig. His brother lives 4 miles away with the exact same set up. Another guy rides around town on a left side mounted rig using a Harley to pull get the motion going. Just the past month a new Ural showed up. I only know the Honda guys. Just have not run into the other guys when they were static. So in a 6 mile area or so there are 5 of us. Maybe we should start a club of "OLD FARTS" on hacks??
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:57 AM   #4
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I have done several cross country trips over the past few years and think I have seen only 1 sidecar in the wild. I see Harley and Goldwing trikes all the time and am seeing more Can-Ams over the past two years also. My new-to-me Ural sidecar is sitting in my garage waiting to be hooked up right after I move on Friday.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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Last year I saw 3 Urals w/ 2wd up in the Gilla NF, in NM. They were camping just a mile or so west of BeaverHead station.

I rode up on my WR250x & we all had tons of question for the other. They wanted to know where they were & I wanted to know more about their trip. All had stock exhaust system & all where beat up pretty bad (exhaust).

One was a Patrol & the other 2 were Gear UPs. Extra fuel they had & plenty of food/water too. They had been out for 3 days & headed to either El Paso or Albuquerque. These old guys were having a blast & really were enjoying their equipment.

Never have I seen a tri off the pavement let alone in the way back FS roads.

Spent the night at their camp & ate like a king....for camping out.

Never seen sidecars out & about unless there was some event for them. My brother now has a Gear Up & he cannot find anyone to ride w/ him except DS bike riders.

Have read & seen pix about the high dollar sidecar additions to BMW, VStrom etc for DS riding, but never seen them in the dirt roads & always on the street in pix.

I guess once you had to push one of these add-on-sidecars backwards, you'll never leave the pavement again.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:05 PM   #6
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I have been riding up and down mid-atlantic and southeastern states and have not seen a single rig in the "wild." Only sightings have been at special organized events. Many sightings of Spyders and trikes...
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:15 PM   #7
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I commute on my rig nearly every other day, alternated with my KLR Jr. I see a few CanAms, maybe twice a month. I think they are the same ones. I have a pal with a sidecar that I know drives it regularly, but we're on opposite sides of town.

There's a Harley rig around the corner from me but I've only ever seen it outside the guy's house under cover or up the street at the liquor store on weekends. There must be more sidecars in Baltimore, but they must get left home in favor of solos, which are still easier to park in the city.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:08 PM   #8
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In the NYC area, I see another rig maybe once a year. Someone did randomly turn up at one of my BBQ's with a Ural -- perfect stranger, several degrees of separation. Boy was I surprised to look outside and see another rig parked next to mine!

Judging by the reactions I get, other people don't see rigs very often either. UDF is really not limited to Urals in the least.
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:34 PM   #9
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sidecar town

In an 1/2 mile radius of my place there are 6 sidecars with 3 different owners, I'm one of the lucky one, and the 2 other ones are good friends.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #10
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the only sidecar rig i've seen in over a year is my old ural
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #11
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I saw a GS hack on the west side of Carson Pass in the Sierras yesterday. It was the only hack I saw. I think I saw one trike as well.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by JustinP View Post
And you live in the PNW, seems to be the hot spot for hacks.
IMWA/Ural, DMC, and Liberty are all within 30 - 40 minutes of our house, and know of at least 20 sidecar riders in the area.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #13
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Other than the occasional Ural putting around its home turf, I've only seen one on the open road. A couple weeks ago I was toolin' thru the Adirondacks with my dog and going the other way was a Harley with a Liberty tub. We waved at each other like long lost relatives!
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #14
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Riding southeast Florida from Ft. Lauderdale to Stewart I see one to two hacks a year. Today saw the first for the year, a nice Goldwing/Hannigan rig in West Palm Beach.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:54 AM   #15
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I'm in a small market area (only 40k people in the county). In the winter I can go for days without seeing another bike, let alone a hack. Maybe one sidecar/year in my town.
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