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2017 National Rally

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I have started a thread in the rally section of Soviet Steeds to get the word out to the Ural crowd.

Secured our pull thru site. Inviting friends and family to come join the fun. Should be a blast!

Rally Registration form has now been activated.

Click this link to find rally registration form, view the rally schedule of events, etc.

Tell your friends and buddies where to register.

Any idea when we can register for the sidecar skills sessions?

Sidecar Skills registration will be onsite during the rally, first come-first serve. The number allowed in each session may be restricted depending on weather and the size of area we are allowed to use.

Safety first.

Just a note to let you guys know if you click on the link at the bottom to print the registration form you are getting my form from last year.

Did you know that you could sign up for one day or one week of classes in glassblowing this summer? You can at the Corning Museum of Glass near the site of the 2017 USCA Rally, July 27 - 30, Corning, NY

For details go to:

Don't forget to sign up for the National Rally here:

See you in Corning.

Just registered for the Rally and with Ferenbaugh campground. Making a 2 to 3 week trip out of it. Starting in NC hitting OH, Canada, NY, and eastern Pa. This is our first National Rally. Really looking forward to it. See you all there!

I was about to inform everyone that Ferenbaugh Campground is open for business but Chuck has already found that out. Get your camping spot nailed down for the rally. For those not camping we have a block of rooms at The America's Best Value Inn. See details below.

Americas Best Value Inn
196 S Hamilton St
Painted Post, NY 14870
(607) 962-2456

The negotiated rate is $84/night plus tax. If you have trouble getting the rate or with availability ask to talk with Marcy. [But you shouldn't need to]

Larry and I walked the rally site today, everything is coming together for a great gathering of sidecarists. Everyone we met there seems excited to host our event. The campgrounds has even lined up a DJ for Saturday night with a 1980's theme dress up contest. So bring your bell-bottoms, big hair and bogey all night long.

There are both open and shaded spots for trailers and RV's with hook ups, a tent camping area with trees, playgrounds and miniature golf, a swimming pool plus a catch and release fishing pond. Being out in the country, the grounds is quiet with cool fresh air.

The school parking lot in town is all ours for two days for the skills refresher sessions. Sign up will be on site at the rally for a limited number in each two hour session.

Of course, we had to check out the quality of the ice cream available in Corning for you guys, (boy, the sacrifices one has to make to please the sidecar community), all I can say is, it tasted as good licked off my fingers as it did in the cone. They even have a non-dairy ice cream if you want.

For the rides, both paved and gravel roads have been identified for those wanting to explore. Maps will be available.

There are so many things to do and see in the Corning area, you could spend a full week here and still not see everything. Besides the huge Corning Glass museum, there is the Curtis Aircraft museum and the Rockwell western art museum. Main street in downtown is lined for blocks with small shops, crafts, collectables, antiques, craft beer, food cafes, etc, etc, etc.

Watch here for more rally details as they become available.


Is tent camping included in the rally fee? Do we need to register with the campground also or does the rally registration cover this? Thanks.

RR, the tent/RV camping fee is paid direct to the campgrounds, it includes access to all of the Ferenbaugh amenities ( of which there are a lot) but not the Rally Fee. Rally attendees staying at a motel or else where do not have use of the Ferenbaugh amenities, i.e. swimming pool, fishing, putt putt golf, etc.
You will need to register with the campgrounds and reserve a spot for your tent. They expect a big turnout that weekend, as they are also hosting their annual Mid-Year party Saturday night. There are families that leave their campers there year round and go every month for the activities.

The USCA Rally fee covers refreshment bar, dinner, breakfast, equipment rental, printing, awards, tech sessions, skills refresher, etc.

NEWS FLASH. . . . . . .
We have confirmed TWO Tech Sessions for the upcoming rally in Corning, a third is pending:

First session:

Ever wonder how the weight on your rig is distributed? Carrying too much in the sidecar? Back end heavy? Al Olme has agreed to bring three scales so your rig can be correctly weighed after which he will offer you advice on setting the best weight distribution for your rig and how you use it.

Second Session:

ASK THE EXPERT: Claude Stanley of Freedom Sidecars has agreed to offer his expertise and knowledge on any sidecar subject the audience wishes to ask. Starting questions will be: What causes head shake and what steps do you take to eliminate it? What can cause rapid tire wear on the Rear, On the Front? On the Sidecar? How does a anti-sway bar work on a sidecar rig? What is your question for Claude?

These tech sessions are open to registered rally attendees only.

The Corning rally is shaping up to offer a lot of activities and ride destinations of interest to all sidecarists. Did you know that the finger lakes area of NY was home to Mark Twain? There are many sites and museums dedicated to him around Corning.

See you there, last weekend in July.



PM sent.


2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

We now have three (3) confirmed Tech Sessions for the upcoming USCA Rally in Corning, NY.

Klaus Hüenecke of EPM Performance ( the suspension guru) will be speaking on setting up sidecar suspension, selecting the right shocks for your rig, how to know when its time to replace the old shocks and answer all of your questions about getting a better riding/handling rig.

We now have three outstanding tech sessions planned that will not be repeated in future rallies. These experts are from the midwest and Eastern side of the US and cannot justify the expense and time away from their businesses to travel to a rally out west. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet and talk with these sidecar experts.

Rally Location:
Ferenbaugh Campgrounds
4248 State Rte 414
Corning, NY 14830
call (607) 962-6193 to reserve your camping/RV spot.
Motels are available in Corning and Painted Post.

Dates: July 27 - 30, 2017 Thursday thru Sunday morning, Tech sessions will be on Friday and Saturday.

If you have not registered for the rally yet, here is the link:

See you in Corning

If you still on the fence about coming to the Rally, David Hinze of Stroker Wheels fame just confirmed that he will be there with a few samples. This is shaping up to a be a unique gathering of sidecar experts with unparalleled expertise and knowledge, together in one place this one weekend. A not to be missed opportunity for any sidecar enthusiast.

Claude Stanley of Freedom Sidecars
Klaus Heinecke of EPM Performance Suspension
David Hinze of Stroker Wheels
Van Le (Gobium) a Ural guru
Al Olme, MC Instructor sidecar Enthusiast
Plus many highly experience sidecar drivers from across the country.

Register now:

Will there be a single day at the gate fee, for Fri. or Sat. if so what will it be?

The registration program is not set up to handle day fees.

The Rally in the Valley fee is: $39 for USCA members, $49 for non- members

A surcharge of $10 if registering and paying at the rally.

THANKS (not That's. Darn spellchecker/auto speller inserts more words in my sentences than my wife) for asking, am sure others had the same question. See you at the rally.

Yesterday I made reservation - via htps:// - at Econo Lodge, Painted Post - $67+tax per night... Didn't know USCA was trying to negotiate a special rate ($85-90) until now...Shucks, I shoulda waited!

Initially I assumed camping was included in registration fee, like every other rally I've attended (hundreds!), unless it is clearly stated to NOT be included....and was planning to camp. Website for this rally leaves a lot lacking----After reading forum about another rally simultaneously at campground, plus lots of dust, plus pay additional for all amenities, a motel seemed the way to go. Convinced a couple of friends to do the same.

One of my favorite rallies of all time was USCA Rally at Stone Mountain, GA .....the worst was USCA (I think it was the second national rally-1980's)) in Pennsylvania....arrived Friday afternoon, left Saturday morning...along with friends. Volunteers do all the work to put these rallies on and make them a success, so thanks to them all.

Add another name to list of experts attending the Rally in Corning: David Hinze (Stroker), creator and owner of Stroker Wheels has agreed to participate with Claude Stanley in the Saturday morning Tech Session.

This is beginning to look like an All-Star Game of the sidecar world.

If you have not registered yet, you can do so here:

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