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SidecarMike
Posted 10/14/2003 1:03 AM (#1132)
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I've been getting a lot of emails lately from people wanting to know if there are any members near them interested in riding together. I've decided to add this Forum so you can find out for yourselves. Just post your request or idea for a ride and see who responds. You might be surprised and find someone just around the corner.
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Posted 3/17/2004 6:43 PM (#2766 - in reply to #1132)
Subject: RE: New Forum


Goly Gee, I am in centeral Michigan and I am close coose to completing my first Sidecar rig. I have a Spirit sidecar with a 1980 Yamaha 650 for a tug. If it ever gets warm again, I will be looking for someone to ride with me! I am close to 70 and I am just getting with sidecars! I plan to camp .... I will have my companion toby with me for ballast. He is a beagle looking dog with a curly tale. He does does know that he is a dog with DOGGLES! Talk to me!Spymaster
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hdrghack
Posted 3/17/2004 7:36 PM (#2768 - in reply to #1132)
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Ok there Spymaster,here ya go Mid Michigan BMW Touring Club They Advertise that ALL BRANDS WELCOME TRIKES AND SIDECARS TOO!!! 810-767-4593.......or try this www.mmbmwtc.org
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Reen
Posted 4/17/2004 1:49 AM (#3135 - in reply to #1132)
Subject: Seattle/Eastside riders



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i've seen a few rigs terrorizing the streets around here and thought i'd run up my flag and see if anyone responds.

i'm the one manhandling the green honda 550 with a black spirit eagle clamped alongside - ususally occupied by a big orange dog.

there are four or five of us (two girls, two or three boys) who go on scenic rides 'round places like the olympic peninsula, mt rainier, the north cascade loop, etc. i'm the only one with a rig, however; the others are two-wheelers. we do both day-rides and overnighters (with tents, not motels).

if anyone else would like to be notified when a ride is in the works, drop me a line and i'll add you to my list. dudes, chicks, two wheels, three wheels, rat bikes and babied machines; all are welcome. no one is dissed.

however, please note: people who insist on pushing the twisties are encouraged to look elsewhere for a riding group; we tend to putt, not jet. we brake for pie and fresh seafood and photo ops.

reen at earthling dot net.
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Posted 4/17/2004 7:45 AM (#3137 - in reply to #1132)
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Howdy!I am member 6773 also know as Bob.I see that you have a Spirit in the same power range as I do ---- 650 cc .Please tell me how much ballast use, NO ballist, or X amount of ballast. Mine seems to better with less and lest ballist all the time. I have been just setting my rig up and I am new to sidecar usage. At one time I had 65 Lb of ballast under the sidecar wheel. I now use about 25 Lb of LEAD but I am thinking about even removing that.Thank you kindly.Bob adoni@thinkextreme.net
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JayDauntless
Posted 4/17/2004 9:28 AM (#3139 - in reply to #1132)
Subject: RE: New Forum


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Hi Reen.
I assume that you are the person we remounted the Spirit Eagle for after the frame on the bike broke due to poor mounting some time in its past.
Any way. We will be at the Govenors run the last weekend this month April 30- May 1st at the kitsap county fair grounds. There will be many sidecarsits at this event. Also there is the camp out in Yakima WA at the KOA camp ground. This up coming year will be the 28th year for the event. This is also the first year in many that my wife Tara and I are not the host as we have passed this task off to Chris and Sherry Smith.
Jay Giese
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Posted 4/17/2004 2:24 PM (#3142 - in reply to #3135)
Subject: RE: Seattle/Eastside riders


Hi
I am taking the riders class next week, and if all goes well I will get my sidecar in two weeks. Please let me know when you are going on your next ride. PS I am 71 in June and that is too old for your grope just let me know. Please respond to my e-mail address because I just joined sidecar.com and I can't find my mail box. (sandy33@qwest.net)
Thanks Sandy Swayne
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Posted 4/17/2004 5:08 PM (#3143 - in reply to #1132)
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Hi Sandy Swayne!Welcome to the Sicedar club!So you are 71, Dont feel like the Lone Ranger! I will be 70 in a few weeks.I am in centeral Michigan and we hit 70 degrees today. I just mounted a new Brake and Tail Light assy on my sidecar. I got the little fella all wired up,and it it even works!I will put my email address on this thing ..... just in hopes that you would like to talk.My habndle is Spymanster.My name is Bob.adoni@thinkextreme.net
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JayDauntless
Posted 4/18/2004 10:21 AM (#3146 - in reply to #1132)
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Hi Sandy. My wife Tara and I will be at the sidecar class next weekend durring the first day's lunch break at the range as we are delivering a trike we just sold so that the new owner can take the class on here own trike. We will either be riding our K1200LT with our Liberator sidecar on it (the only sidecar made in the USA with sidecar steering) or if the body work comes back from the paint shop we will have our Triumph Tiger painted up like Tigger.
Jay Giese
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Reen
Posted 4/21/2004 11:27 AM (#3174 - in reply to #3137)
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hi bob! my bike is approximately a 550cc which is more than sufficient for the type of riding i do and the cargo i carry. i usually take my dog with me when i go riding and he weights about 90 lbs. the human passengers i carry weigh anywhere from 110 to 200 lbs. on the rare occasion that i leave the house with no cargo, no dog, no people, i have an army duffel bag all set up and ready to go into the rig. it has about 50 lbs of rocks in it. if i'm going to be picking someone up, i can trade out the duffel and pick it up again when i take my passenger back home. alternately, i can just dump the rocks out of the bag onto the side of the road. no big loss, since i can always hunt up more.

when i ride with no ballast and no cargo whatsoever, the sidecar tends to bounce a lot at speeds of 45mph and up. also, right-hand turns find me standing all my weight on the right footpeg and leaning my center of gravity down and over the sidecar to compensate. on days that are too cold for me to be limber enough to do this, right-hand turns are a 3mph affair.

what kind of sidecar do you pull?

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Reen
Posted 4/21/2004 11:35 AM (#3175 - in reply to #3139)
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jay! hello! yes, it's me; the work you did on my rig was superb - she tracks much better now and i haven't had any more mounts break or strain. not for lack of trying, either! since having the mounts re-engineered i've put many more miles on the rig and done a fair amount of bouncing around off-road. i'm thinking about coming back to have you adjust me a bit heavier on the sidecar. i actually remembered to write down the date for the un-rally in yakima so i have high hopes of making it this year. where/how do i get registration information? also, do you ever do the bigfoot rally in bc?
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JayDauntless
Posted 4/21/2004 12:15 PM (#3176 - in reply to #1132)
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We will be at Yakima this year of course, We also do many things with the Big Foot sidecar club. My shop foreman is VP of the club and one its founders. The Big Foot sidecar club will also be helping us host the 2005 USCA national which will be some where in the west is all I have commited to. So I am open for sugestions as to where we should hold the 2005 National.
Jay Giese
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Reen
Posted 4/21/2004 12:27 PM (#3177 - in reply to #3176)
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Olympic Peninsula gets my vote! but then, i'm mightily prejudiced. and it's pretty much the antithesis of "centrally located".

perhaps somewhere in the Rogue River Valley area of Oregon?

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FENDER2YOU
Posted 4/21/2004 1:39 PM (#3178 - in reply to #1132)
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i'd vote for somewhere in mid oregon to be fair for us california people and the washington people

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Jetaddict
Posted 5/15/2004 2:08 AM (#3425 - in reply to #2766)
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Hi spymaster! I just finished my rig and have a little over 1,000 miles on it I have pics under jetaddict in the albums. I have given my Mother of 65 years of age a ride in it and she thought it was fabulous, my kids really like it, I really enjoy the rig and thought about joining usca and get to some of the rallys even the Bean Blossom, but will have to see, I went on the "Run for the SON" to the Capital of Lansing for Prayers, with some friends of mine that belong to the "CMA" (Christain Motorcycle Association), and it rained most of the time but we really had a great time, I was one of two Hacks that were there, I think there were maybe 300 bikes there we had Police escort to the Capital that was neat, anyway maybe we can hook up some time I live in Montrose, Mi. and my Email is SLSKN@centurytel.net and looking to get more riding in, so take care Steve.........Montrose
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Posted 5/17/2004 12:20 AM (#3440 - in reply to #3425)
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Praise the Lord! & Howdy Steve!You have an interesting handle. I would go to the ambums but I have tried several times and I never seem to get where I want to go. I have almost given up trying. I tried several times to get a basic set of instructions but no soap.<> I am very glad that you palitically active. I have worked for the US Postal Service and the Hatch Act prevented me having liberty. Now I have my own opinions on politians.<>Great on having your rig on the road! I live in Evart MI and went to the 32 annual Blessing Of the Bikes and there was over 10,000 bikes there. I saw about 10 sidecar rigs inclyding mine.<>I an in the process of getting my SOUL restored. Read Psalm 23 verce 3. I was toast, but Jesus IS IN THE RESTORATION "business!<>I will put your email address in my book and I do like to talk!<>I whan to go to Bean Blosem ..... i will bring my dog Toby ...if I can!<>Peace to ya!, Spymaster .... aka Bob
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SidecarMike
Posted 5/17/2004 9:29 PM (#3457 - in reply to #3425)
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I hope you boys (and girls) from Michigan can make it to the first ever SKUNK Rally in Cameron, WI June 4-6.
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Posted 5/17/2004 10:23 PM (#3458 - in reply to #1132)
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I hope to be there .... That depends how quickly I heal up after some surgery.<>There were over 35,000 souls at the Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin MI. It seems to be getting bigger every year. I still did not purchase a set of chaps.<> I finally got my sidecar rig properly mounted! <>Hallauah!<>Spymaster.
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SidecarMike
Posted 5/18/2004 8:45 PM (#3484 - in reply to #3458)
Subject: Chaps, (was RE: New Forum)



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I had chaps. I stopped wearing them at the insistance of a friend who was once an ER physician. He started telling me horror stories of lost limbs and chaps catching on bits and pieces on the highway. I bought a pair of leather bibs and found them to be much more comfortable and my doctor friend is happier. BTW, he rides with an Aerostich suit.
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Posted 5/18/2004 9:56 PM (#3486 - in reply to #3484)
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I have checked out the leather bibs .... $350 is a bit spendy HOWEVER, I am getting closer to shelling out the bucks for the good bibs! Stone Lake Leather Works is close to the Skunk hack site,<>thanks for the advice Mike.<>I do ware BIBS most of the time (rather gean pants).<>My real concern is that I will be healed in time .... I have been bleading for 3 months now. I will have more information after the first of the month.<>Pleace<> Spymaster
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Jetaddict
Posted 5/19/2004 12:22 AM (#3488 - in reply to #3486)
Subject: RE: Chaps, (was RE: New Forum)


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Hi Spymaster, glad to hear from you, I wanted to go to the Blessing of the bikes but forgot about it and had to get my yard work done and my kids had soccer games, so I had a plate full this weekend. It would be nice to go to the skunk gathering but I don`t think I will be able to make that one. My handle "jetaddict" is because I Fly Radio Controlled model Jets and go to shows around the country to Jet rally`s or meets. its kind of a second hobby I have, R\C quarter scale models I have been flying for about 20 years or so, a lot of fun, anyway, Hope to get in some riding and get the feel of this side hack and Hope to get togther some time I would like to get to the bean blossom but will have to wait and see. well take care and hope everything goes well with your situation......... Steve from Montrose.
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