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Snakesfield

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I've been noticing that lottery commercial in California. Where the young man wins the lottery and has his Grand Dad's old military HD, with side car on it, restored. He then then pulls up to his Grand Dads house and ask him where do you want to go? The Gran Dad says every where. Well my eighty seven year old moms been really watching it a lot and paying very close attention, to it. So, she ask me the other night. Do they make a side car for your motorcycle? I told her that I didn't know? But, I'd look into it for her. She really wants to go riding with me, but only in a side car. So that she can bring her little Werner dog, along for the ride too. Does anybody know, if Triumph or anybody else out there makes a sid- hack for a Triumph. That I can have modified and adapted to fit on my Triumph Bobber? It's not anything that has to be done. But if I could do it for her, I'd sure like to. If nothing else, to share with her, some of the the fun times, that I'm having on my baby. I fill that it would really make her days a lot better. Instead of her watching that negative stuff, like Law and Order SUV, all day long.
 

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I really don't know, but I know you can fit a sidecar rig to the Bonneville models.
The bobber is probably the same if you do some Google searching.

Driving a bike with a sidecar very different than riding without one.
If you go this route I strongly encourage you to get some experience with it before taking your mother along.
It can easily get you into trouble and you don't want anyone else involved if you do.
Carl has experience with a sidecar and can advise you better.

Update: See this.

 
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I agree with you, Rocky 100%. I've ridden quit a few HD forty fives with side hacks, in my younger days with the stick shift and foot clutch. I had that HD forty five trike, with revierse and you do have to watch what your doing and pay extra attention to your leaning, when your going into a turn. But like you said, one just needs to realize to pay extra attention to what your doing and remember that your not riding solo and to compensate for that extra weight on the side, that you put the side hack on.
 

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Not knowing your background, I offered that advice.
Good to know that you have had quite a bit of experience with a side hack TUP
 
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Thank you Rocky. This is a great link. My mom has this brain disease. That's called White Brain Matter Disease with Lewy Bodies and it runs in between Alimerzers and Dementia with the same out come. But it takes a long time before it hits her full on. Plus, she's all I have left. So, I want to take extra good care of her and try to make her last days, the best days that I can do for her. That's why I was asking about the sidecar. Because without that sidecar? She's made it very clear to me, that she's not going anywhere on any motorcycle, without one. But that's my mom. I wouldn't take anything for her. She's really an awesome mom.
 

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So sorry to hear that about your mom. Alzheimer's is what took my father away at age 87.
My mother lived to be 98 and I only lost her last year.
I don't blame your mother. A sidecar would be the only safe way.

Just as a point of interest along those same lines, a couple of years ago our club took a WWII dispatch rider for a spin in a sidecar. He was 94 and quite infirmed, but we were able to get him in and out of the hack OK. It was the first time he had been on or even near a bike since 1945.
He served in Europe with the Canadian army and dodged plenty of shelling and bullets and came out of it without a scratch.
We were thrilled to do it for him and we were saddened to learn that he passed away the following year.
But it did our hearts good knowing that we had put that great smile on his face.
This is George being shown a running WWII BSA just like the one he rode. My best buddy Mike rode the bike and dressed somewhat like George would have been dressed in WWII.
We paraded around the city with a police motorcycle escort and TV cameras following. It was a very special evening for everyone.

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Not knowing your background, I offered that advice.
Good to know that you have had quite a bit of experience with a side hack TUP
When I was younger after I got out of the Army. I bought a 1948 Indian Chef in Texas, from this elderly gentleman who had all these HDs in his garage for sell and one Indian Chef. Which I ended up buying. It was a great bike also. It's also where I began my love affair with flatheads too. Anyway, when I moved out to California, there was no place to buy any Indian parts. Except, for a shop called Antique and Modern Motorcycles, in Santa Clara, Ca. So I got to be good friends with the owner. Who let me stay in this trailer that he had on his property for free. I was his guard dog, I guess. That's where I learned to ride the trikes and the forty fives with the sidehacks. He had me rebuilding six volt generators, for a lot of his HDs and putting some of the bikes together from parts. That's where I learned that the Indian scout were a lot faster than the HD 45s, except with the WR cams, which were racing cams and are next to impossible to find anymore. He even had a couple of Vencents, one was a Black Shadow and the other was a Black Prince. He also had a Areal square four to and a German WW2 Stugart with a Side Hack. it even had the german paint job on it, with the German insignias. it was an awesome shop to lean from and I did learn a lot from Bill too. I remember one of his last projects, which he took one of the first HD Low Riders and swapped out the engine and tranny with a Flathead motor and a Pan head tranny with a ratchet top. So that he could run a hand clutch along with a foot shifter on it. I think it was in Easy Rider magazine in 1980 or 81. As a matter of fact the whole shop was in the magazine, if I remember right? But I did learn a lot about motorcycles though.
 

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So cool, that's exactly what I'm going for. My mom has never been on a motorcycle and when she sees that commercial. I can tell that she wishes she could go for that ride. Thanks for sharing your story and those pictures. Very nice and thank you so much for the info. I know a lot about motorcycles, but then again you can always learn more and I just got some more education, which I can't get enough of. Thank you.
 

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And I thank you for that great bit of personal history TUP
This is the problem with not knowing people very well on forums. You don't know their history and I often fear that I may be talking down to somebody.
In your case, you probably have a lot more experience that I do BGRIN
I always enjoy your posts TUP TUP
 
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Thank you Rocky. I just enjoy good conversation no matter what, plus I learn a lot too.I look at it like this one is never too old to learn. I've learned a lot about Triumphs, since I've been on this site. When I was younger, I was all about wanting to be a biker. Then the bug really hit me in the Army bad. That was when I bought that 1968 Triumph. I remember that it leaked like there was no tomorrow, and you had to use Went Worth tools to work on the thing with. Then, there was that Lucas electric system, whom some say, was the man who created darkness and last, but not lest, was those damn Amal carbs. But once everything was dialed in, it ran really good for a few days and then back down again for a week or two. then more tear down and then put back together again. I couldn't get rid of that thing fast enough. I swore that I'd never own another Triumph after that. But Here I am, with a really nice new Triumph Bobber. That has had all those bugs fixed and is a very reliable motorcycle that I really enjoy a lot and I love it more, than I ever loved my ex-wife.
 

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Great posts, Rick; I would love to meet you in person. I don't know what your finamcial situation is; but if you can swing it, I recommend that you buy a dedicated sidecar rig that you don't have to take off and put on. You can find used rigs or you can buy a brand new Ural with sidecar. I am looking to buy a rig myself. As I get older, I see that I wil reach a point when I can no longer ride two wheels. I don't want a trike; so I will go back to a hack. I had an 03 Bonnie with a Velorex hack.
 
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Great posts, Rick; I would love to meet you in person. I don't know what your financial situation is; but if you can swing it, I recommend that you buy a dedicated sidecar rig that you don't have to take off and put on. You can find used rigs or you can buy a brand new Ural with sidecar. I am looking to buy a rig myself. As I get older, I see that I wil reach a point when I can no longer ride two wheels. I don't want a trike; so I will go back to a hack. I had an 03 Bonnie with a Velorex hack.
That's a good idea. Something like a an old Yamaha 650 would be a great bike to fix up for something like that and I could set it up with a sidecar. That way mom can go riding with me, when she gets that bug. Plus, I don't have to worry about breaking the bank either. I'd really rather just leave my Bobber alone, with just the mods, that I mentioned getting on it. Like the crash bars and those type of things. That I fill, are important.
 
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That's a good idea. Something like a an old Yamaha 650 would be a great bike to fix up for something like that and I could set it up with a sidecar. That way mom can go riding with me, when she gets that bug. Plus, I don't have to worry about breaking the bank either. I'd really rather just leave my Bobber alone, with just the mods, that I mentioned getting on it. Like the crash bars and those type of things. That I fill, are important.
I certainly agree that crash bars are important. I believe you would be far better satisfied if you have a dedicated sidecar. Based on my experience, If you go with something like a Yamaha 650cc, You want a lighter hack - a Velorex or a Cozy. A Watsonian would be too heavy.
 
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This really doesn't have anything to do with riding. But, I'm sure you folks will get a kick out of this. I've been getting a lot of these phony phone calls from people saying they are from the IRS or from some other organization. That says I need to wire them 20,000 bucks or there will be a warrant out for my arrest. So this is what I've been doing and it's been working like a charm. They call and ask to speak to my eighty six year old mom. So I tell them, that they have reached, Special Friends Are Us and that we are a gay escort service. But, I need their credit card number. So, that I can send them out a gay escort and would they prefer a male or a female? But I need their credit card number before we can continue. It's really funny too. They get real quit, then they can't get off of the phone with me fast enough. So far, it's worked every time. It's really funny too.
 

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I certainly agree that crash bars are important. I believe you would be far better satisfied if you have a dedicated sidecar. Based on my experience, If you go with something like a Yamaha 650cc, You want a lighter hack - a Velorex or a Cozy. A Watsonian would be too heavy.
I really don't want to buy anything else bigger with a decaded sidecar, since it's only going to be used for her and her dog and not for anything else. It would just be for around town and that's it.
 

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The 650cc would work fine. Check out the Urals. They are made for sidecars and come with them from the factory - in Russia.
 

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Thanks guys. I 've got to get ready to go see the dentist this morning. I'll check all this out, when I get back. Thanks again for the info.