Posted 5/18/2004 7:48 PM (#3482) Subject: New HD sidecar rider.
Hello. Just bought a 1999 Harley Sidecar for my electra glide standard yesterday. The ENTIRE undercarriage and mounting hardware is chrome. Bought it at my local HD shop for 4750. Add 400 for installation. I did get them to throw in my HD stereo/speakers/antenna installation for free. thoughts on my deal? ANY WORDS of advice for a new hacker???? I have ridden a friends Roadking with Hack setup a few times. Seems to pull to the right while riding...is this "always" the case? Having installed after my Laconia NH trip in mid june. thanks, Bob in Michigan
Posted 5/19/2004 8:04 AM (#3490 - in reply to #3482) Subject: RE: New HD sidecar rider.
Welcome Bob and I hope you enjoy your new Hack. What dealer in Mich is willing to give up over $1000 in sound equipment AND sell a custom HD hack for that kind of money? Thinking about buying a new Standard next year for myself and if I can get that kind of deals, I'll buy from them. As far as the hack pulling to the right, mine does a little bit, but nothing serious. I'm by no means an expert yet cause I've only been ridin' hacks for a couple of months, but find an empty parking lot and do figure 8's so you know how to handle right turns with the hack in the air. Again, welcome.
Posted 5/19/2004 12:25 PM (#3495 - in reply to #3482) Subject: RE: New HD sidecar rider.
Location: Boise, Idaho
If your rig pulls to the right on a fairly level road, without excessive crown, while riding at a fixed throttle setting:
You need it aligned!
Either your toe-in is not sufficient, or the lean-out (lean-in on Harleys) is not set correctly to push the outfit to the left to overcome the drag to the right.
Edited by Hack'n 5/19/2004 12:27 PM
Posted 5/20/2004 11:03 AM (#3511 - in reply to #3482) Subject: RE: New HD sidecar rider.
Posted 5/20/2004 11:11 AM (#3512 - in reply to #3482) Subject: RE: New HD sidecar rider.
I'm a new rider, too. Just clocked my first couple hundred highway miles, and discovered that high, gusty winds are NOT good things. It's a whole 'nother chapter in the book of squirly.
I also learned that, the more I ride my new rig, the better I like it. Good luck, and have fun!
Posted 5/26/2004 2:29 AM (#3595 - in reply to #3512) Subject: RE: New HD sidecar rider.
Location: Fairfield, VA
I don't ride a Harly, I ride a Goldwing, but I was checking out the posts and when I read yours, I laughed out loud. As a matter of fact, it gave me the giggles. High, gusty winds are definitely not good things with a sidecar, I hate 'em. But, west of the Rockies it's pretty much always windy isn't it? In 2002 we were in Montana on a day they called breezy. 55 mile an hour winds are "not" breezy in my book. He--, I call them hurricane winds. After riding all day, I was sore just from trying to stay on my bike, to say nothing of the strain from fighting the sidecar the whole time. A day to remember! But, riding in Kansas was a real experience. Every time I met one of those cattle trucks, it was almost like hitting a wall.
Well, keep riding and keep having fun. - - - Connie