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2019 US sidecar Rally

James, if you are already on the road for several weeks, you may be more interested in what to do when off the rig. To me, it is a unique opportunity to see and talk with owners of rigs similar to yours and rigs that you might be interested in having. The swapping of ideas and information is invaluable. Many owners have come up with new ideas or twists on an idea than I had not considered.

As you know, sidecarists are strongly independent thinkers / doers / tinkerers.  Sidecaring attracts that type of personality. A gathering of all different brands and styles of sidecars in one location is a special time. Then seeing all of the different mods people have made to their rigs can be eye-opening. To be able to talk with that person, pick their brain on why and how is an opportunity you cannot get off the internet. You might not agree with what they have done, but it will cause you to think and consider something new.

The rally scheduling and activities are icing on the cake so to speak, it's having in depth conversations with other riders and seeing their rigs that makes it all worth your effort to be there.

I want to see your rig and ask you a few questions.

See you in Couer d'Alene,

CCjon

 

How true. In '93 at the National in PA Crandell Weaver and George Wolfe 2 of the leading sidecar riggers of the time

stayed up one nite after everyone else went to bed. I sat there for 2 hrs just listening. you don't learn while talking.

" Did you ever try this ? yes it didn't work I did this instead. What about this. that's the fix." Great nite, learned more

then than all the books and internet. May they rest in peace.

fly

Fly, I hope you're coming to C d'A for the rally. Like others have said, the camaraderie at a rally is great. And it's a chance to meet others who we see regularly on this forum and other places via the computer but have never met in person. Kind of like, "Hey! I know you!" And there are some wonderful and scenic roads to be explored in the area. And small towns like Harrison, ID are a great one day destination. Lots of memories to be made.

Tom Wells aka Reardan Tom

Hi Tom,  I wish we could make the national this year. Mrs fly just had neck surgery and once she can start driving again

I have to go in for eye surgery. I would like to meet you and put some other names and faces together. Maybe next year.

fly

For sure Fly. Just like farming- there's always next year. Best of luck to the two of you for speedy recovery!

Tom Wells aka Reardan Tom

Julie and I are planning to attend from Southern California. Coincidentally, I told Julie that I wanted to head up to Coeur d' Alene just a few weeks ago as we had decided against a long cross country tour this year. I got my copy of the Sidecarist today and it had the rally flyer in it. That settled it. We're looking for a campground as we will be hauling our tent trailer along. The fairgrounds doesn't have shower facilities so we are looking elsewhere. Looking forward to meeting everyone and swapping war stories.

 

Jeff

Jeff, Not sure who you talked to, I just got off the phone with the fairgrounds staff, there are showers there. She said not modern, but yes there are showers in the RV / tent camping area assigned to the sidecar rally.

Hope that helps.

See you in Idaho.

CCjon

What about if we can only make it for one day and not all three?  How does that work?

Quote from CCjon on May 29, 2019, 5:38 pm

Jeff, Not sure who you talked to, I just got off the phone with the fairgrounds staff, there are showers there. She said not modern, but yes there are showers in the RV / tent camping area assigned to the sidecar rally.

Thanks for checking. I only went by what the website said. Julie is going to make the reservations Friday and we'll verify with them. I'd much rather stay on site.

Jeff

 

Quote from StrongBad on May 29, 2019, 5:43 pm

What about if we can only make it for one day and not all three?  How does that work?

Good question. There is nothing on the rally registration form about one day attendance. In the past, only a handful of people show up wanting a one day fee. I guess it would depend on which day as some days have catered meals and other days do not.

If you do not partake of meals or rally activities (there is a release that all attendees must sign), there is nothing to stop you from just dropping in and wandering around kicking tires.  In fact, non-sidecarists are welcome to come see the rigs, talk with owners as they might be  future sidecarists.

CCjon