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Can you Ride with a Pet on your Motorcycle?

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ASK A TROOPER: “Motorcycle Riding Dog”
by Ryan Janke from https://kfgo.com/

Question: Can someone with a motorcycle permit have their small dog riding on the motorcycle or would that be considered a passenger? We have already purchased a helmet and leather jacket for this lucky pup! Thank you for your response.

Answer: First of all, where will this dog be seated and how? I see less issues if you are talking about a motorcycle side car or a motorcycle trailer equipped with a kennel. But if you are talking about on the actual motorcycle with you, I don’t think this would be very safe for you or your pet.

If you are going to carry a passenger, there are a few key items to keep in mind:

Equip and Adjust Your Motorcycle:

  • A passenger seat and footrests are required by law.
  • Adjust tire pressure and suspension settings for the additional weight. (Do not exceed weight limitations specified in the owner’s manual.)
  • Readjust mirrors.

Passenger Preparation:

  • Provide protective riding gear: eye protection, a DOT-approved helmet, boots, gloves, long riding pants and a high-visibility motorcycle jacket.
  • Passengers under age 18 are required by law to wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Small children are required by law to be able to reach both footrests with their feet while sitting on the passenger seat.

Getting On and Off the Motorcycle:

  • Start the engine before the passenger gets on.
  • Squeeze the front brake while the passenger gets on or off the bike.
  • Passengers should get off the bike before the operator.

Passenger Safety Tips:

  • Hold operator’s waist or hips, or motorcycle’s passenger hand-holds.
  • Keep feet on footrests at all times, including while stopped.
  • Keep hands and feet away from hot or moving parts.
  • When turning, look over the operator’s shoulder in the direction of the turn.
  • Avoid turning around or making sudden moves that might affect operation.
  • If crossing an obstacle, rise off the seat keeping your feet on the foot pegs with knees slightly bent and allow legs to absorb the shock upon impact.

Operator Safety Tips:

  • A passenger will affect handling due to extra weight and independent motion.
  • Braking sooner with greater pressure may be necessary.
  • Use extra caution in a corner.
  • Allow more time and space for passing.
  • Be ready to counter the effects of wind.
  • Avoid extreme speeds and dramatic lean angles.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW).

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Art inspired rumble Sidecar Project

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Twenty Years of Chopper Dedication and Hard Work
by Dan Stern

Decades ago (mid ‘90s) Paisano Publications came out with an upscale magazine called VQ. I’m sure a take-off on GQ. People scoffed because the RUB thing was in full swing. I didn’t care because it was another great publication from bikers for bikers. It was tailored for the upscale market complete with ads for cologne, soap and other things you’d never find in Easyriders. The best part was a feature on artists concepts.

VQ’s editor, Keith (Bandit) Ball was running it while juggling the editorship of Easyriders and countless other publications.

Owner: Dan Stern
Bike: 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail w/left-hand sidecar

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Revival Cycles Converted This Ducati ST4 Into a Wild Sidecar Motorcycle

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by Silvian Secara from https://www.autoevolution.com

It was nicknamed ‘Ducati Odioso’, but ‘Bubblegum’ might’ve worked just as well, if you ask me.

Believe it or not, the starting point for this outlandish project really was a 1999 Ducati ST4. While this may not be your first pick for a donor when looking to create a sidecar motocrosser, the daredevils over at Revival Cycles are always up for a challenge. Besides the ST4, their options were limited to a Triumph Bonneville, an MV Agusta Brutale or a Moto Guzzi Centauro. Obviously, not a single one of these bikes were suited to the workshop’s vision.

Nonetheless, the Revival pros decided to work with whatever they had available and chose Ducati’s fierce monstrosity as the cornerstone for their ambitious undertaking. Sure, the end result may be a little (uh, very) unorthodox, but we’ll have to agree that it’s a genuine example of unrestrained creativity. To be frank, I find it truly fascinating!

For starters, let’s go back to this thing’s roots and remind ourselves where it all began. The 1999 Ducati ST4 is brought to life by a ruthless four-stroke DOHC V-twin powerplant, with a gargantuan displacement of 916cc and four valves per cylinder. When prompted, this liquid-cooled bad boy will unleash up to 105 hp at 8,500 rpm, along with 61 pound-feet (83 Nm) of torque output at 6,500 revs.

It is nested inside a steel trellis frame and coupled with a six-speed gearbox, which channels the engine’s brutal force to a chain final drive. Ultimately, this vicious two-wheeler is capable of accelerating 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in as little as 3.2 seconds, while its top speed is rated at a glorious 151 mph (243 kph).

Stopping power is handled by two 320 mm (12.6 inches) brake discs and four-piston calipers up front, joined by a single 245 mm (9.65 inches) rotor and a two-piston caliper on the opposite end. In terms of suspension, ST4 is supported by a set of Showa 43 mm (1.7 inches) inverted forks at the front, along with a fully adjustable monoshock and an aluminum swingarm at the rear.

Now, since Revival Cycles’ Odioso has very little in common with the original bike, there’s no need to go into any other details. For starters, the firm unveiled Ducati ST4’s ferocious V-twin mill by stripping away the entirety of the motorcycle’s bodywork.

The next step consisted of building a custom sidecar from scratch, using chromoly tubing and a long travel swingarm. This was followed by a rearrangement of ST4’s components, including the oil cooler, lithium ion battery and radiator. These are now housed by the sidecar, offering an even weight distribution throughout the structure.

Additionally, the standard Showa forks were removed to make room for KTM’s off-road capable suspension. On the opposite end, you will notice a one-off setup that prides itself with a Ducati Monster’s alloy swingarm and an Ohlins coilover shock. The latter can also be found on the sidecar.

Odioso crawls on a pair of 17-inch multi-spoked aluminum wheels, enveloped in all-terrain rubber. The Revival team equipped the wheels with high-performance Brembo brakes and crafted a new fuel tank to match the desired aesthetic. To top it all off, the bike was rewired using a Motogadget M-Unit and a unique saddle was upholstered in-house.

Finally, the oddly colorful paintwork intends to reflect the sheer amount of pure fun to be had while riding this untamed animal. It might be slightly unconventional, but it’ll certainly make this funky piece of machinery stand out!

What are your thoughts on Revival Cycles otherworldly Ducati ST4 makeover?

Sidecar 1999 Harley-Davidson Road King Is a Rare Sight with Just 800 Miles on It

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Sidecars have been trusted sidekicks for motorcycles since times immemorial. According to records, they date back to the late 1890s, when supposedly a French army officer came up with the ancestor of the sidecar we know today.

Technically, the need for a sidecar on a motorcycle is a valid one. After all, there are so many people and things you can carry on a two-wheeler, and having extra space is at times essential. This is why, for instance, sidecars were so successful during the years of the second world war.

Yet overall, sidecars are not often seen or used on the streets. That’s probably because people do not buy motorcycles as family vehicles, and they don’t usually go out on one with the wife and kids tagging along.

One of the world’s biggest motorcycle makers, Harley-Davidson, offered way back sidecars as a factory option. Production of such devices was shut down in 2011, making a Harley with sidecar attached a rarer sight still.

The motorcycle we have in the gallery above is a Road King Classic equipped with such a hardware, a combination so rare it deserves to sell for big bucks at auction. At it will try to do that during a RM Sotheby’s event in Indiana in May.

Equipped with an 88 cubic inch V-twin engine and a five speed transmission, the bike sports a sidecar with matching fenders and complete with tonneau and windscreen. Saddlebags and passenger backrest, as well as an optional leather storage pouch are included in the package.

What’s more important is the fact that the bike, despite its age, has been ridden for just 800 miles since new. Despite this, and its rarity, the bike will go under the hammer as part of the Elkhart Collection with no reserve, meaning it will go to the highest bidder regardless of price.

Ural x GPR 2-1 High Pipe

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New highly anticipated 2-1 High Mount Exhaust System

Now available for purchase! Fits 2016 and up Gear Up, Patrol, cT

Designed specifically for off road use only

  • Increased ground clearance
  • Lightweight stainless steel (nearly 10lbs. lighter than stock Ural exhaust system)
  • Internal mesh-type spark arrestor
  • Serviceable GPR muffler designed exclusively for Ural Motorcycles
  • Fits all 2016-2019 fuel injected models except Retro
  • ….and of course, unmatched Italian design

Contact your local dealer, supply is limited.

MSRP* 1,399.00

*MSRP does not include shipping, installation, dealer prices may vary

 

April 2019 Threesome Report – Trikes News

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APRIL 2019 THREESOME REPORT: Trike News, Autocycle Adventures and Sidecar Views
Ever-Changing Three-Wheeled World Coverage

This month we have a Photo Feature covering – a V8 twin-turbo engine trike, love bug wedding trike, World Sidecar Racing schedule, Can Am Ryker benefits, Paul Jr. Designs Featured on American Chopper, Boss Hoss Lamborghini Trike, with the right dose of tech and rider experience.

Compiled by Wayfarer, send him your adventures, experience, reviews and feedback at wayfarer@bikernet.com — Let us know if you are a Dealer or Custom Builder and we will give you a global platform to share your work and accomplishments.

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2019 Ural motorcycles At Dealers Now

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2019 Urals Now Available at US Dealers.

Urals have Big Changes at Same Look in 2019

After a long awaited journey, the 2019 line up has officially hit dealers’ floors. This new Ural represents the culmination of countless late nights and endless hours spent making this Ural the best we’ve ever produced.

New 2019 Urals feature a number of changes from an overhauled engine, to a new EFI and a new universal rear wheel.

Although visually the difference between 2019 Urals and its predecessors is almost unnoticeable (as a matter of fact one can say the same thing about all Urals manufactured in the last 30 years), the new model year brings big changes to Ural family of sidecar motorcycles. All new EFI system and modernized top end make Ural’s 750cc “boxer” engine run cooler, smoother and work more efficiently.

Standard Accessories

• LED Sidecar Fog Lights (Gear Up)
• Sidecar Power Outlet
• Sidecar Tonneau Cover
• Jerry Can (Gear Up)
• Folding Utility Shovel (Gear Up)
• Luggage Rack (Gear Up)
• Universal Spare Wheel – Fits All 3 Positions

 

Engine and Transmission

  • Displacement, cc: 749
  • Engine type: OHV air cooled 2 cylinder 4 stroke “boxer” (flat twin)
  • Valve per cylinder: 2
  • Bore and stroke (mm x mm): 78 x 78
  • Max output (hp): 41 @ 5500 rpm
  • Max torque (ft-lbs): 42 @ 4300 rpm
  • Compression: 8.6:1
  • Fuel system: Throttle body EFI
  • Starting: Electric & Kickstart
  • Clutch Double-disc dry
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Speeds: 4 forward 1 reverse
  • Primary drive (rear wheel): Driveshaft
  • Final drive ratio: 4.62
  • Engageable sidecar wheel drive: Yes, driveshaft

Physical Measurements

  • Overall length, inch.: 98.8
  • Overall heights, inch.: 54.3
  • Overall width, inch.: 63.6
  • Seat height, (unladen), inch.: 32.0
  • Ground clearance (unladen),inch.: 6.8
  • Dry weight, lbs: 730

Electrical

  • Alternator: Denso, Peak Output 40 Amp @ 14vdc, 560 Wt
  • Battery: FAYTX20HL (12V, 20A)
  • Headlight: H4
  • Spark plugs: NGK BPR6HS

Chassis

  • Front suspension: IMZ leading link fork
  • Rear suspension: Double sided swing-arm with two Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorbers, 7x adjustable
  • Sidecar suspension: Single sided swing-arm with Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorber, 7x adjustable
  • Wheels: 2.15X19 Aluminum rims with steel spokes
  • Tires: Duro HF-308, 4.0×19″
  • Front brake: 4-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 295mm floating NG rotor
  • Rear brake: HB big bore single piston integrated floating caliper with 256mm fixed NG rotor
  • Sidecar brake: 2-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 245mm floating NG rotor

Misc.

  • Fuel grade: 91 Octane, unleaded
  • Fuel tank capacity, gallons: 5.0
  • Reserve, gallons: app. 1
  • Estimated fuel economy, mpg: 31-37
  • Estimated range, miles: 155-185
  • Recommended max cruising speed, mph: 70
  • Max permissible weight, lbs:1325
  • Trunk volume, cubic ft.: 2.9

Warranty

  • 2-years parts and labor unlimited mileage.

Prices Start at $16,999* USD / $19,499* CAD

Visit : https://www.imz-ural.com

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Threesome Report: Make Some Room, Trike Riders Don’t Ride Alone

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TRIKE NEWS Adventures on a Ural, Autocycle madness, 2019 Freewheeler, Deals, Offers, Discounts.

Tracy Getty, a World War 2 historian shares the chair, lighting up sparks of love with a Ural sidecar motorcycle. Tracy and her ride named “Wildcat” bring joy to people who never knew what three-wheels and a smile could do.

We bring you a basic background on the craziness of Autocycles and how it is affecting motorcycle industry, riders, insurance and legislation. While there are companies that want a motorcycle classification to avoid car crash testing expenses, there are others who want true innovation and a new understanding of where Autocycles stand in State and Federal law – and it is all really unsteady despite having more than two-wheels.

Harley-Davidson Freewheeler has a 2019 model that rocks. You can own a Ural or a Slinghsot for incredible deals on 2018 models. If you are an actual Trike lover with custom trike business or a custom trike, you would want to know what the financial and legal implications (pronounced as complications) are going to be.

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In Memory of Hubert Kriegel: The Timeless Ride

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“Ten Years on the Road”– A 60-year-old man decided to go see the world on a Ural

“Selling everything I had in 2005 to go travel around the world on my sidecar was the best decision I ever made in my life.” – Hubert Kriegel, New York (1946 – 2018)

On January 24, 2018 the sidecar motorcycle community lost one if it’s most adventurous and inspiring ambassadors, Hubert Kriegel, the man behind The Timeless Ride.

“This is the most important part of my life after my family.” – pronounce Hubert (say U-bear)

Countries travelled by Hubert Kriegel on Sidecar or Motorcycle since 1971

North America: USA, Canada

Asia: Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Nepal

Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

Eurasia: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia

Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England, The Netherlands

Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America: Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia

Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina faso, Guinea, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa

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