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Old 01-12-2015, 05:23 PM   #1
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Sidecar for Dog - Advice Needed

Going after my dream of motorcycle and sidecar with my dog (awesome lab named Baylor). Don't have much motorcycle knowledge, so I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

First off, would love opinions on what rig to get. Don't need anything fancy and hope to avoid spending an exorbitant amount. Like dirt roads and off the beaten path locations, adventures and the style of older things (previously dog and I traveled around the US in 1973 VW campervan).

Thoughts on this Factory MZ hack - http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/mcy/4833460540.html
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:40 PM   #2
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Seen that rig posted before. It's not something I'd want but for the price the sidecar alone is worth it. Parts may be hard to find for that bike as not many made it to the USA.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:56 PM   #3
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Are you handy with tools, or prefer repairs made by others?

In other words, Ural or Honda?
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:04 PM   #4
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Going after my dream of motorcycle and sidecar with my dog (awesome lab named Baylor). Don't have much motorcycle knowledge, so I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

First off, would love opinions on what rig to get. Don't need anything fancy and hope to avoid spending an exorbitant amount. Like dirt roads and off the beaten path locations, adventures and the style of older things (previously dog and I traveled around the US in 1973 VW campervan).

Thoughts on this Factory MZ hack - http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/mcy/4833460540.html
Do you have allot of mechanical aptitude ? That particular MZ is much changed and would probably need attention. I guess I would look for someone who has one ask them to teach you a bit about them and perhaps try some parking lot maneuvering if you like it maybe find a sidecar course and go from there.
http://wilmington.craigslist.org/mcy/4799861605.html
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:46 PM   #5
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You should have no problem with this MZ: the engine is made by Rotax and tons of parts are available (dirt track etc). The Velorex maybe a little old but they used to be strong (but for the axle). At that price it can be an interesting project!!!


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Old 01-12-2015, 10:25 PM   #6
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This story sounds familiar lets see dog, dirt roads, vintage, cheap maybe you should take a look at my build. Just saying


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Old 01-13-2015, 02:00 AM   #7
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One thing to seriously consider, is how will Baylor get in and out of the sidecar.

Ideally you'd want a rig where he can just step in/out. Being a larger dog you don't really want to be lifting him or have him jumping over the side to get in/out.
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:39 AM   #8
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Going after my dream of motorcycle and sidecar with my dog (awesome lab named Baylor). Don't have much motorcycle knowledge, so I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

First off, would love opinions on what rig to get. Don't need anything fancy and hope to avoid spending an exorbitant amount. Like dirt roads and off the beaten path locations, adventures and the style of older things (previously dog and I traveled around the US in 1973 VW campervan).

Thoughts on this Factory MZ hack - http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/mcy/4833460540.html
I'd recommend you take a S/TEP training course so you have an idea of how a rig operates before you make a decision to purchase.
A KLR with a light car (Velorex) or cargo box may work well for you. The bike is relatively cheap and reliable, the sidecar may depend on your dog's ability to get in & out.
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:26 AM   #9
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I had one of these Silver star Gespan bikes, in fact I have owned the same bike 3 times now. Fun little bike however chances are if you intend to travel with it you will out grow the bike, it is a small bike not only in engine size but overall it fits smaller people, my wife loved the rig, I felt like I was on a kids bike.
The bike in question has been for sale for a very long time. It clearly has been in an accident as it has the wrong body on the sidecar and of course the fuel tank is wrong, what else is wrong with it? Any thing bent? The basic bike is a reliable bike however not sure what the parts situation is for these.
If the price is right, buy it, enjoy it, find what you like about sidecars and what you wish was different, once you have out grown it, if you buy it right you should be able to get your money back out of it, then when you go for your next rig you will know what you want in a rig and can take your time either finding it or building it.
As you are looking at a bike in Portland chances are you are not all that far from us. If you want to come by the shop I can show you a bunch of rigs, go over them and help you figure out what to look for. Also snow camp is this weekend at MT Rainier. Some of my employee's will be there and they will be allowing test rides in the hopefully snow covered parking lot on our 2014 R1200GSA / Expedition rig.

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Old 01-13-2015, 11:15 AM   #10
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BMW, yellow sidecar with Barley the dog

search up travelswithbarley.com
It's a great well written blog
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:16 PM   #11
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This story sounds familiar lets see dog, dirt roads, vintage, cheap maybe you should take a look at my build. Just saying


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That's amazing, Jack! You're rig is amazing. Will definitely be referring to your hack a lot as I plan. Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:21 PM   #12
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I had one of these Silver star Gespan bikes, in fact I have owned the same bike 3 times now. Fun little bike however chances are if you intend to travel with it you will out grow the bike, it is a small bike not only in engine size but overall it fits smaller people, my wife loved the rig, I felt like I was on a kids bike.
The bike in question has been for sale for a very long time. It clearly has been in an accident as it has the wrong body on the sidecar and of course the fuel tank is wrong, what else is wrong with it? Any thing bent? The basic bike is a reliable bike however not sure what the parts situation is for these.
If the price is right, buy it, enjoy it, find what you like about sidecars and what you wish was different, once you have out grown it, if you buy it right you should be able to get your money back out of it, then when you go for your next rig you will know what you want in a rig and can take your time either finding it or building it.
As you are looking at a bike in Portland chances are you are not all that far from us. If you want to come by the shop I can show you a bunch of rigs, go over them and help you figure out what to look for. Also snow camp is this weekend at MT Rainier. Some of my employee's will be there and they will be allowing test rides in the hopefully snow covered parking lot on our 2014 R1200GSA / Expedition rig.

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Thanks, Jay! I live in Bend, OR and would love to come by the shop and discuss options. I'll be in touch soon.
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:24 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the great feedback! Great tips to consider how Baylor gets in and out and availability of parts.
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:25 PM   #14
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:28 PM   #15
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Are you handy with tools, or prefer repairs made by others?

In other words, Ural or Honda?
I'm not super handy yet, but excited to learn. I had a vw van and happily taught myself to do basic upkeep and maintenance.

Do you have thoughts on bikes that are simpler to work on myself or best willing-to-learn-novices?

Thanks!
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