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Old 05-31-2014, 06:43 PM   #1
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KTM 950,overnight camp,dog rides passenger.Success.

I left this past thursday evening from Prince George,B.C.,rode about 170km south on Blackwater road,about 100km of it on graded gravel,to Ten Mile Lake just north of Quesnel, B.C. The highlight of the trip down was siting a lynx who didn't really want to leave the road,only ducking into the bush as we rode past him (Scout missed seeing,was looking the other way) Ten Mile is a provincial campground with nicely maintained sites. I took my trusty dog,Scout. He loved the ride, and did well as a passenger.He only sits up for low speed bits and pictures.On fast roads he lays down.We ate well and woke early for the ride back.Easy short trip,mainly to test out all our new camp stuff and the new dog-box.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Hope my dog doesn't see this...What kind of set up do you have for the pooch?
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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Hi,Scout has a 1/2" plywood box sized to fit him,secured with three 1/2" grade 8 bolts.Padded edges,carpeted floor and a breakaway connection to secure him.His food rides in the left wolfman tank pannier up on the box,water and all his other dog stuff rides in the right.His carpet comes in the tent to sleep on.He wears a fleece vest with a neoprene vest on top.No complaints from him about being cold.When we're on the freeway,he will either duck down right inside,or put his head against my back looking down.I can talk to him if we're going slow,and he can hear me well enough,and I can see him in the mirrors easy.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:31 PM   #4
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Great setup. My Dad had a box on a Honda 750 back in the 70's. The keeshond dog loved it. He would get out out the box and ride on the back seat too.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:57 PM   #5
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Thanks.Any pics of your dad's bike? Post them up if you have them? Vintage engineering can be pretty cool. I'm curious what size dog your dad was carrying,I've seen a few guys riding with smaller dogs,but none with a bigger guy like Scout.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:00 PM   #6
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Took a stroll down memory lane

Went through a bunch of old pics tonite and wound up like Chevy Chase in " Christmas Vacation" up in the attic.

Bummed out that I couldn't find the pic. He was a mid size dog like a Husky. Didn't look as big as Scout.
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That's the one where he falls through the ceiling? I would like to see it whenever you find,no rush.
The next thing I'd like to get for Scout would be goggles.I tried some retired motocross goggles on him,but he clearly hated them,and they aren't wide enough to cover his eyes properly. Doggles I guess,but the local distributer only has the very small ones in stock.I've seen a few dogs with helmets on.......not sure how that's gonna work.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:18 PM   #8
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This is Scout's riding gear,neoprene vest on top of fleece.No more shivering.
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How much does Scout weigh? Do you lift him into the box? Thats a sweet setup
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:46 AM   #10
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Not directly related, but great information about traveling with a Golden Retriever in a sidecar attached to a R1200GS. Cross country multiday trips, good information. http://travelswithbarley.com/
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How much does Scout weigh? Do you lift him into the box? Thats a sweet setup
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I was a bit surprised when I weighed up Scout just now.I had figured him about 70 pounds,he's actually 84. I lift him in,and I give him a second to find the box with his feet before I set him in,or he gets scared.I also give him a word to let him know he's almost on the ground when I take him out.Or he gets scared.He's learned to lean into me when I take him out of the box.I guess the hardest part is putting the loaded bike onto the centerstand.I have to centerstand it every time we stop with him on,or he could tip the bike.Its pretty heavy with camping stuff and him.When I set off,I have to take it off the center,put it on the side,and shoot a leg through over the saddle.
He is a pretty mellow guy,doesn't move much while we're riding.Its a lot like riding with a passenger with no experience.
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:07 PM   #12
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I'll read all of the Barley in a sidecar tonight,looks pretty lux.I think Scout will fit the same size doggles as Barley.
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I will put some reflector strips on the back.Maybe some kind of sticker.
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wow - I'm amazed you can do that with a big dog like that.......I've been pondering a UFO style enclosure for my daschund in my top case now....
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:28 PM   #15
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A small size dog should be comparitively easy to handle.I let Scout take his time getting used to the box.Started him in the house,with a cardboard version.Then two more ply boxes before getting the size right.Then on the bike with no motor,then idling,then very slowly around streets.He got paid well in chicken snacks for his courage.
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