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Back in the saddle again


The truck arrived as promised and I am now back on three wheels. With all the time that has passed, the battery was dead without hope of reanimation. With a jump from the car I was able to start it, old gas and all, and ride it the mile home. The semi would not be able to get into and deliver it on my residential street. After a wash to remove the transport dust and a cursory inspection I checked the oil, air, water and looked it over for tightness. Tomorrow is the trip back to the parking lot to get the feel of it on turns, starts and stops. Then a quick trip to the store for a helmet for the bride.



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2014 CB1100 Std, 2000 ST1100 with DMC Classic, 1981 CB650C

Nice.  Looking fwd to pics & stories once you grow accustomed to the rig.

Lee Summer Grove, LA Ural cT, CJ750, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L, GTV300

Wow that is Sweet looking. very nice looking set up. Good to see your back on the road

That is a nice looking rig... Best of times with it.


TBC, great looking rig, congratulations. I know this is not your first rodeo, remind me, what WAS YOUR PREVIOUS RIG?



I had a GL1200 SEI with a California . The car was fine, but I had a continuing series of problems with the GL. I sold it two years ago.

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  That is a nice looking rig, like the color. But the sidecar wheel looks like it's lost under the fender, the rest looks great.  

Hi Jim:

I think I remember that you had trouble making it to the Monumental Rally in the Black Hill because of that GL acting up.  

Happy riding.  That is a very nice looking rig.  


Will Short

Ex-President USCA

It is hard to tell what color the rig is.  On the nose it appears to be a very dark red, much like Black Cherry.  The fender is probably wide to fit the  sidecar wheel, which appears to be a car tire.

The bike is the original 2000-2002 ST1100 color. And, yes the sidecar is slightly different. It is most noticeable in the bright sun, but after the third try to match Honda's magic, I will take what I have. The build of the DMC sidecar and the engineering of the custom mount by Jay are superb. I just want now, to ride it and enjoy the rig.

The fender is wide and could take a car tire, there is however, a motorcycle tire on that wheel. Empty the car rides a little rough. I think with the camping gear, or the bride aboard it will be more smooth. The leading link front rides better than the forks equipped and tuned with Traxion Dynamics cartridges, but my days of riding at the level that suspension allowed, are over. I'm not as fast as I used to be, and never as fast as I thought I was. In fact, much of the reason I have a sidecar on the ST is because I have difficulty with my knees and the bike is top heavy.


2014 CB1100 Std, 2000 ST1100 with DMC Classic, 1981 CB650C