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Old 07-24-2012, 11:13 AM   #16
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This rig started life as a California Companion sidecar. It has a relatively sophisticated suspension system as compared to the Friendship model. I have done some semi-serious fire roads and trails with it and so far it has been up to the challenge. I think the torsion bar assist system (not a sway bar) Claude designed for it has helped a lot.

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Old 07-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #17
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This rig started life as a California Companion sidecar. It has a relatively sophisticated suspension system as compared to the Friendship model. I have done some semi-serious fire roads and trails with it and so far it has been up to the challenge. I think the torsion bar assist system (not a sway bar) Claude designed for it has helped a lot.

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Old 07-27-2012, 06:18 PM   #18
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Charlie; great to meet you at the USCA rally last week. The thing that surprised me was that your rig seemed to handle well on the forest roads and your dogs were sleeping when you were bouncing across the ruts, rocks and drainage ditches. If we could get your dogs to talk then we would learn how good that sidecar is and how good you are at driving it. You must be doing something right since they were eager to follow your every command to mount and dismount.

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Old 07-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #19
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Hey, Charlie! I had no idea that the rig was fresh off the assembly line!

Hell yes that rig can handle gravel and "smoothish" dirt roads without hardly waking up the dogs. But glad our route wasn't through some swamp or a field of rocks! Claude would be pissed if we broke it!

Seriously, though, enjoyed our ride together and getting to know you and your beasts.



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Old 07-27-2012, 07:00 PM   #20
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Drone wrote:
>>>glad our route wasn't through some swamp or a field of rocks! Claude would be pissed if we broke it!<<<<
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Ride it like you stole it Charlie. If the rocks get ya we'll add the fork expensions or the leading link we spoke of.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #21
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I had the pleasure of riding with Charlie and the dogs on those forest service road. You did good Claude. The rig is even more awesome in person.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #22
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trailer?

I can see a trailer ball in several pix - what do you tow (anyone know)?
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #23
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Charlie has done some dual sport rides with his doggie rig with top removed (it is a bolt on hardtop). I may join him this year here in Pa. if time permits.



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Old 05-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #24
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[QUOTE=claude;21347734]Charlie has done some dual sport rides with his doggie rig with top removed (it is a bolt on hardtop). I may join him this year here in Pa. if time permits.

Claude are there regular dual sport sidecar rides in PA ? DB
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:36 PM   #25
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trailer

I pull a fiberglass motorcycle trailer. It is primarily filled with camping gear. If we're not camping out we have more than enough cargo capacity between our two rigs even if we have the dogs. I can't post pictures but i'll send some to Claude and see what he can do.
For dual sport rides somewhat suitable for sidecars check the AMA Adventure Series. Mill Hall, PA is coming up June 2nd. They have some single track but with some creative GPS work you can find your way around it.

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #26
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Typical for CSM - ultra-super-cool! Thanks for sharing that, those happy pooches brought a smile to my heart! Many miles of smiles to you all !!!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #27
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Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. Charlie, Gabe and I really enjoyed meeting you last summer in CDA. We were in the yellow and green Vstrom.
Holler when you are ready for that saddle mod and I'll hook you up with Dave Fisher.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:17 AM   #28
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I can see a trailer ball in several pix - what do you tow (anyone know)?
Here is apic of charlie's outfit with trailer. Dogs on board ready to go
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:56 AM   #29
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Man, all kinds of high quality happiness designed into that rig right from the get go! Just add dogs and roads ha!
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