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Re: HELP
« Reply #30 on: July 26, 2013, 04:45:18 AM »
We are going to have fun with this.  Went to the bank in our small town today.  When I came out there was a Harley rider (you could tell by the tee shirt, due rag, belt buckle, etc.) drooling on my RE.  Mumbling something about how pretty it was.  Before it was over he had invited me to his house to ride with him and his buddies.   :-\
I'm glad you met a normal( or abnormal) Harley rider.
Most of the time H-D riders are just ,...well,.. posers.
Seen one slobber over himself to get a closer look at me on my RE. Then he ignored me with the classic H-D bold face "grimmest look". No doubt a defeated office whinnie.
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Re: HELP
« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2013, 03:48:07 AM »
Put close to 100 miles on it this past weekend.  Some observations:

It seems to ride much smoother with more weight.  Had one in car (150 lbs +-) one on back (100 lbs +-) had left weights in car (75 lbs) and little old man in the saddle (126 lbs).  The smoothest it ever ran (?).  Did not get over 40 MPH so did not feel lose of power. 

Got it up to 50 MPH one time with wife in car (123 lbs).  I'm still concerned about break in period.  Engine seems to make a lot of noise (rattling sounds) at higher revs.  But, I wear hearing aids so it is hard to tell. 

It is a real attention getter.  Every time we stopped, someone walked up and asked about it.  Most assume it is a rebuild. 
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Re: HELP
« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2013, 04:04:21 AM »
Just remembered something else I wanted to mention.

As an experiment, I tried to kick start the rig with car attached.  It can be done!  Actually, it was pretty easy.  To be fair I have to say it was already warmed up when I tried.  Nice to know it's there as a backup.
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Re: HELP
« Reply #33 on: August 27, 2013, 03:13:36 AM »
Quick update.  Did an oil change at 352 miles.  Waited because it took a few days longer than expected to get the filters.  Oil was very dirty.  The magnets in the drain plug and oil screen really work!  Looked like a lot of metal shavings in there (?).  Couldn't do a complete drain because I didn't want to unhook the car. :(  Think it all went well.  Now have over 600 miles on it and it's running smooth.  Using it to pick up my daughter at school, 23.1 miles one way.  The moms tell me the other kids are all jealous.  Never seen so many friendly kids; or moms.  This thing is a chick magnet.  If I had had it when I was 19 and riding regular I'd have burnt out years ago.  Anyway, we're having fun.  ;D
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Re: HELP
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2013, 03:28:50 AM »
My rig in back yard with two friends' rides.  They came down from OH for a couple days.  That's my girl standing by the rig.   :)

Got the fender straightened out today.  Friend who is a welder fixed me a bracket to hold the front edge.  It was banging against the shock.  Will disassemble it, paint it black and put it together in the next few days.   :D
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Re: HELP
« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2013, 05:48:52 AM »
Got to get that girl an Enfield T-shirt and ditch that Harley orange one!
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« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2013, 12:13:20 PM »
Nice rig Mr. Mike!  Looks sharp!

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Re: HELP
« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2013, 05:43:39 PM »
Change the oil and filter again at about 1000 miles. There will still be a fair amount of crap on the magnets and in the screen. It's normal. Then you can go on the handbook schedule. As for break in, you are pretty well done with the limited stuff and you can start upping the performance levels. I'm not quite sure what limits I'd use with the side car, just ride it like as you would normally ride anything else. Just enjoy it.
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« Reply #38 on: September 03, 2013, 03:05:37 AM »
Rode down to the Coast and back this weekend.  About 200 miles all together.  Now have over 1,000 miles on her and will do another oil change. 

Some notes on performance.
- She's running like a top.  Vibrates but feels good. 
- Can cruise at 60 MPH with no excess vibration.
- Had it up to 65 twice with no control problems.
- There seems to be a false neutral between 3rd and 4th (?).  Think I'm in 4th and it freewheels. 
- Almost everyone you see wants to talk about it.
- Had to carry weights in the car, wife and daughter didn't want to sit in it that long.  :-[
- Little old ladies wave and smile.  Wait a minute, they might be younger than me.  :-\
- Lots of young women wave and smile.  ;)
- Harley riders wave and smile.  :P
- Crotch rocket riders ignore you.   ::)
- Don't understand why more people don't have one.  ???
- I'm having a ball  ;D
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Re: HELP
« Reply #39 on: September 03, 2013, 03:58:12 AM »
I'm very late to this thread, and it seems you've got some experience now, but if you haven't already read it, this free manual, although dated, has lots of relevant info:

http://www.sidecar.com/Hal.htm - The Sidecar Operator Manual

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Re: HELP
« Reply #40 on: September 03, 2013, 04:18:05 AM »
Dan

Thanks for the tip.  Looks like some good info there.  I have Hough's book but want to learn as much as possible.  We are really into this sidecar game and hope to keep going for a long time.

Mike B
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Re: HELP
« Reply #41 on: September 03, 2013, 02:54:14 PM »
Hacks are awesome fun.  I've been piloting a Ural since 2003.  You might also want to contact a Ural dealer in your area.  They give away a sidecar driving manual with each new Ural and I think you can buy the book inexpensively from a dealer too.

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Re: HELP
« Reply #42 on: September 19, 2013, 03:28:54 AM »
Finally got around to figuring out MPGs with the rig. Been using the rig to bring daughter home from school daily (just under 50 miles round trip) and going to check on live stock daily (about 20 miles round trip).  Have been averaging 62.3 MPG and the rig is not set up to peak perfomance.  Have adjusted the mounts twice but still getting pull to right at speeds above 50 MPH.  More on that later.  It is late for old guys like me.  Also had a couple of small issues with the bike I'll outline later.

Still lovin it!

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Re: HELP
« Reply #43 on: September 19, 2013, 03:36:27 PM »
At start of my sidecar adventure i took a sidecar training course and it was really, really worth it.  I'd suggest anyone just starting out with sidecars to do so, as it got me ahead of the "self-teaching" curve and i was much more prepared for being on the road.  "Sidecarist" the United Sidecar Assoc. (www.sidecar.com) has a list of some training classes. 
Washington State requires a "3 wheel" endorsement on drivers license to drive a combination.

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Re: HELP
« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2013, 10:46:37 PM »
I don't own a sidecar rig and I have never driven one either.
That said, I would think the wind resistance of a sidecar at 50+ MPH would be enough to cause a very noticable "pull to the right" (if the sidecar was attached on the right hand side of the bike).

If the sidecar was adjusted to try to steer to the left to offset this high speed wind effect I would expect it to force the motorcycle to the left at speeds slower than 40 MPH.

Am I wrong?
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