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zentime



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:28 pm    Post subject: Misconceptions Reply with quote

The other day I was Googling sidecar stuff and came across some sidecar discussion where someone jumped in with the conclusion that 50 mph was pretty much the top safe speed for any sidecar rig. There was also a video I saw, I think on youtube, where after a very short test ride, the operator of a basic rig seemed to say no f#$%&*@ way. I don't know exactly what his thoughts were but I don't think he much cared for his test ride.

HPS aside, what actually sidecar misconceptions have you read or can you find. How about some quotes or links??

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Ralph



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happens if the sidecar comes off. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What happens if the sidecar comes off.


That's the big one, I hear it almost anytine I stop. Usually its something like "You wouldn't get me in there, what if it comes off" Mainly I just smile and think "why do you think I'd want you in there"
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hehehe Mike that is because you are a nice guy, I think what a dum ass Very Happy O Nice Card hohoho
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't foget, " Where is the pin that makes it come off, like in the cartoons?"
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Dar



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From other (2 wheel) bikers:

"Why would you take a perfectly good bike and hang that thing on it?"

Particularly after I tell them my wife STILL won't ride with me.
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Bandit Bill



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't find the photo now, but my first winter's round of modifications included an "ACME ejection handle" (parking brake handle) Wiley Coyote style that i had attached to the frame of the sidecar by the driver's right hand side.

Painted garish red and white striped, it was obvious what it was for, even if it wasn't hooked up to anything Twisted Evil

The speed thing is also a big misconception - people ask about it's top speed, assuming that it's a sidecar rig and therefore slow - when i tell them 170+ km/h, with 1000 rpm to go, their jaws tend to drop. If we actually go for a ride (them on solo, me leading or trailing, it doesn't matter) .. they've got a fresh new perspective on what a sidecar rig is.
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swaybar2002



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I drove one of them things once and it would not turn."
"How does it feel to hold up traffic all the time on the road?" This idiot was on a metric cruiser with a brand new leather jacket on and a girl on the back wearing flip flops. I caught up with him in the twisities later on and stayed on his tail until he turned off. Shoulda passed the jerk in a right hander with the wheel in the air. True story.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROAD PLUG = "This idiot was on a metric cruiser with a brand new leather jacket on and a girl on the back wearing flip flops." Cool

Rogers friend Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"For public roads, the max practical top speed for most hacks is about fifty. From what I
understand, it has to be something really special to feel comfortable much above that."


"I place sidecar riders in the same category as poofs. It doesn't offend me,I Just don't understand it"

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bmcsheehy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zentime wrote:
"I place sidecar riders in the same category as poofs. It doesn't offend me,I Just don't understand it"

Smile

Whats a poof? Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Whats a poof?


a girlie man
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the NCOs here used to ask when I'd get t take the training wheels off of my bike. Kiss My A**



On the other hand, if I'd had the rig in my single days, I think I could have given a lot more sidecar rides than I ever convinced to get on the back of my bike. Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amen Very Happy
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sidecarkeith



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poof--- gay man

This conception of sidecars must be world wide, I get the same dumb questions over here.
Over here our speed limit is 70 mph on motorway/highways, I usually slow down to that when I see the blue lights on a car roof ahead Very Happy
I went on a drag strip and managed 140mph over the standing quarter, with my wife in the sidecar, but the timer went on the blink/broke so I got no timings.
I'm not bragging just re enforcing sidecars ain't no snail machines, they go as fast as the owner wants them too.

Love the idea of the red & White striped lever, I may make one out of lightweight wood to go to my local biker cafe with. Big Grin
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