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First Long trip thru the twisties. 🙂


This last weekend the motorcycle club that I belong to took a ride to go to a excellent pie place down near Watsonville Ca. We took some small two lane back roads and had lots of twisties. The roads were relatively free of cages, however the bikers where out in force throughout the first part. Had to slow way down and wait to pass them once in a while where everyone else could move over a bit and go by them.

There were about 30 bikes which we split up into two groups, the fast movers and the rest of us. I and Mr. Dawg (German Shepherd) was the only sidecar and rode as the last one in line with the sweep behind me. I was worried about being able to keep up, but they didn't leave me to often and I could catch up when the road straightened up. We have a great rode captain and she knows when to slow down so it doesn't get to crazy.

It took a while, but I slowly learned to gauge my speed going into the curves and found that I needed to break hard to slow way down and then go through the curve and then accelerate hard down the straights. I learned the feel of the bike when the sidecar would get a bit lite and was about to fly and slow down. I scared myself only once going into a curve and the sidecar came up and I started to drift toward the center line with traffic coming, but managed to keep it where it needed to be. It kind of surprised me as I didn't think it was that tight, but I believe my speed was a bit more than I thought it was.

I was kind of glad when the ride was over and it was time to head home on the slab as I could sit back and relax, well as much as you can relax in traffic anyway. However, I wasn't fighting the steering going through turns like I had been doing all day. The Dog was tired as he laid in the sidecar and slept on the way home. I woke up today and my shoulders are a bit sore.

In all it was a great ride.

Glad you & Mr. Dawg had a good ride.  Riding with a group of two-wheelers can be a daunting experience.  As for those right turns, I recommend a sidecar training class if available, where, among other things, you can learn the "trailing front brake" technique along with weight shifts to help manage those right turns.   Looking forward to more ride reports.

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

Wish I had taken the time to rig my gopro onto the bike. I had planned to, but ran out of time.

Sounds like a great ride. Got any pictures to share?

Sounds like a good ride. glad that one right hander didn't get away from you.
I will be taking my new rig to the north Ga. mountains over the Thanksgiving weekend, first time in the twisties with the car for me too. I plan to just take my time as I'm still new
riding with a sidecar as well. At least I know the roads well as I have been riding them for a few years now on 2 wheels.

97 1500 SE Motorvation II sidecar USCA # 8913 Double Dark Side # 1522 Goodyear Fuel max 175/60 R16 PILOT ACTIV 130/70 18

As Lee mentioned, training and time in the saddle will help a lot. I think you need a little more ballast than Mr. Dawg off the slab, and make your life easier with a set of triple trees. Just my .02. Above all have fun! Alan

A set of triple trees is probably in the works long term but, I kind of wanted to leave the Road King stock for the time being. I plan on going from Kalifornia to Kansas this next summer and will drop the sidecar off when I go. It will be late spring or early summer, so the potential of it being hot is a strong possibility and don't want to subject Mr. Dawg to it. He won't be happy as he always goes where I go.

Here are a couple of pics from that day.

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Thanks for the pic hdjoe. Mr. Dawg sure fills up his sidecar. Once you install a set of sidecar appropriate triple trees, I suspect the idea of dropping the sidecar will fade away - it did for me - the "ride" is that much improved.

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

hdjoe - 11/13/2014 7:54 AM

Here are a couple of pics from that day.

I LOVE roads like that.