Scootering with my dog
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Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:11 pm quote
Hey all, Haven't posted in quite awhile but thought you might enjoy a peek at my 06 GTS with a seat on the back for my German Shepherd Dog.

I took the measurements from a ready made large size seat (cost $650.00) and added space for my big boy. I can show more detail and give dimensions and such if anyone is interested.

I looked into sidecars and trailers but there were problems. I love having my dog right there, experiencing everything together. BTW Rainan is 7 months old here and weighs 65 pounds. His expected adult weight will be about 90.
I think with an erect sit he will have plenty of room as an adult. Two weeks into this we keep the speed below 40 and only ride, without break, for 45 minutes. Ha! If scooting generally brings us to full attention then X10 with a dog on back. OK then - we love it!

Hope to have some on the road shots soon. sheesh everybody on the road with an iphone has all these shots already.

This site has been very helpful in all all things Scootering. Thanks!
Love my GTS and have had no problems at 22,000 miles.

Aloha,
Chris and Rainan

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Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:34 pm quote
I'm assuming that beige material around dogs upper body is some sort of a seatbelt. Otherwise how do you keep him from falling/jumping out? Btw, I love the last pic!
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Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:35 pm quote
Wow, that looks awesome! And what an adorable pup!

My only concern would be him wiggling, and the security of the seat. But I've seen plenty of bigger bikes with dog seats, so I guess if you can make it work, more power to ya.

I ride with my Chihuahua sometimes, though I keep her in a little chest pouch. She doesn't affect the handling much.
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Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:54 pm quote
mrfunk300 wrote:
I'm assuming that beige material around dogs upper body is some sort of a seatbelt. Otherwise how do you keep him from falling/jumping out? Btw, I love the last pic!
Yes I have him strapped in right and left. The part you refer to is part of his harness. Rainan is totally ramie and chases frisbees and balls all day at the beach (loves swimming). Also has a keen sense of right action at the right time. ie pretty much no action in his scooter seat. If somebody does this..it's not about the seat! Know your dog.

The seat is wide so the dog can use his own sense of balance and have freedom to use this. I didn't formally train Rainan to do this. Dogs know. If you know. But yes i am so careful. Caution and care are #1!

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Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:02 am quote
Hi, Chris! Haven't seen you on here since they killed the Superferry and we gave up on bringing our scoots to Maui for a rally. That was a big disappointment.

Give us a shout if you ever get over to Oahu. We know where Don Murphy keeps the beer.
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:06 am quote
You have no idea how much I have wanted to do this with Fancy, my German Shepherd. How do you get him up? What harness are you using? And is the box fully lined with carpet, or just around the edge? Finally, would you throw up a picture of how the box is secured? This is awesome.
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:30 am quote
Very cool.. but I don't think I would do it as I would be concerned about an accident. My dogs do not ride in our car unless they are in dog crates because of safety concerns.. They become a missle if you have to stop fast.. a friend had that happen and the dog was killed.. so I'm careful..
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:16 am quote
Yes a big ALOHA chris. Give us a shout if you ever over our way. We'd love to see you.
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:23 am quote
flanman_hawaii wrote:
Hi, Chris! Haven't seen you on here since they killed the Superferry and we gave up on bringing our scoots to Maui for a rally. That was a big disappointment.

Give us a shout if you ever get over to Oahu. We know where Don Murphy keeps the beer.
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Yes a big ALOHA chris. Give us a shout if you ever over our way. We'd love to see you.
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Hey there Judy and John! I definitely will contact you when I'm over to Oahu.
Are there any places that rent 150cc+ scooters??

FYI We have a new rental place here that does.
Glad to see you are still scooting and, as such, are having FUN!

Aloha,
Chris
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:46 am quote
Pastor Chris wrote:
You have no idea how much I have wanted to do this with Fancy, my German Shepherd. How do you get him up? What harness are you using? And is the box fully lined with carpet, or just around the edge? Finally, would you throw up a picture of how the box is secured? This is awesome.
Hi Chris, I'll take some detail shots tomorrow AM and post.
I lift him up into the box and same for exiting. The wide GTS seat and grab rails couldn't be more perfect for attachment. I'll give seat and attachment construction details when I post the next photos.

Rainan seems to know that we are doing a Seriously FUN activity.
He loves it! We love it!

I think we can get you and Fancy up and running in no time. Cheers!

Chris B.

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Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:30 am quote
I love Maui! Look like a good set up for your pup if you are comfortable with it.
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:20 pm quote
Neat! This seems pretty cool if the dog is very well behaved and you are traveling 25mph or under on local roads. May not work so well riding on the freeway
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:42 pm quote
Aloha Chris!

Never had a chance to meet...thought we'd have the opportunity to make trips over the Maui, Kauai and Big Island but since they stopped the Super Ferry...sad...hope to meet you soon...

Really cool that you can take Rainan on rides...was thinking about rigging something up for the cats...bad idea!

BTW...Rainan is a cute pup!
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:28 am quote
My friend's dog used to ride on his vintage scooters' floorboards. No small dog either - medium sized, about 50lbs.

Rode from Annapolis MD to Rhode Island (400 miles) sitting on the floorboards last year - in the rain the whole time.

That dog has more miles riding floorboards than most scooterists have in the saddle.
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:43 am quote
MAUI i'm sure you could use one of ours if you want to ride. Hope to see you over here someday.
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:50 am quote
seatbelt ?
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:44 am quote
Have fun.
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:17 am quote
That's great. And what a handsome canine he is...
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Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:39 pm quote
Local MSF instructor and long distance scooter rider takes his dog on his motorcycle all over the country. Recently did a coast-to-coast in 50 hours together.

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Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:54 pm quote
I wouldnt do it but great looking fur kids. cheers!
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Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:33 am quote
haha awesome! maybe your dog can do this in the future?


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Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:01 am quote
me and my ferret Mookie
me and my ferret Mookie

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:52 am quote
Cool vids. How long can Sandy ride like that?
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:09 am quote
A friend just sent me a link to doggie helmets!
http://www.hunterk9.com/site/870877/product/588
Not sure how well they would work in an accident, but it's definately a good idea. My dog barely tolerates her Doggles though, so that might be a crapshoot.
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:37 am quote
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Cool vids. How long can Sandy ride like that?
check out her website sandythedog.com she rides 50,000+ miles and keep going! so cool!
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:45 am quote
Re: me and my ferret Mookie
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me and my ferret Mookie

Cool!
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:53 am quote
Not gonna lie, Sandy may be the coolest dog, I have ever seen...

Don't let Max (my German Shepherd) read that though. He is sensitive.
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:07 am quote
ooooh shh!!!
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Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:58 pm quote
Pastor Chris wrote:
You have no idea how much I have wanted to do this with Fancy, my German Shepherd. How do you get him up? What harness are you using? And is the box fully lined with carpet, or just around the edge? Finally, would you throw up a picture of how the box is secured? This is awesome.
Hey Chris P. Sorry to take so long getting back. Here some detail pics and I'll give the specs.

Firstly, I wouldn't consider this if my dog didn't have the right temperament.
Then take the dog out very slowly and for short periods. You will be learning as much as your dog will.

The only huge rule I impose is him keeping his butt on the seat floor.
And of course waiting for me to lift him in and out.

I used 1/2" oak plywood, #12 screws, waterproof wood glue, 1x's around all inner edges (for the glue and screws), 3x5 faux sheepskin rug cut for each side then velcro to hold. indoor/out carpet and carpet pad for the bottom.
Hose material gorilla glued to the top edges for more surface area there. Stainless eye bolts and snap.

The dimensions are:
17" long (front to back)
21" wide
13" high at the back
9" high at the front

This is for an 06 GTS. The seat extends rearward past the low sissy bar so I cut this area out and the seat fits over the bar. To accommodate the bar coming through the floor I added a double floor. This is simply two pieces of plywood set on top of the 1x's in front of and behind the bar. I needed to add a bit more carpet pad as the bar still slightly protrudes up.

I can remove the double floor and all the rug/pad material to clean and inspect.

So far (20 or so 45" trips)I think the sizing is good and will be good when Rainan reaches his expected adult weight (90 lbs)

Attachment is as you see in the photos. I found good quality light weight straps that have held tight so far... I check these Very often.

I use the harness he uses for tracking (we are training for SAR) but any decent harness will work. I have attached the right/left harness straps together and use one snap then connect at the rear D ring on the harness.

Cost for the project was about $200.00. Almost 100 was for the dang rug
and shipping to Hawaii. Rainan insisted on everything being Really nice.

Oh yea Doggles are his eye-ware. He likes them?? Ha I can throw a bath towel on him and he wears it around the house for hours. These kids dressing up.. I don't know??

Hope this helps.. OK basically it's just a box with a rug.
Anyway.. have FUN!!

Aloha,
Chris B.

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OK this was a no-no! Hopefully he understood that we were stationary and he was not snapped in.

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Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:39 am quote
Thanks for the detailed instructions! Those are awesome. Fancy is working toward becoming a schutzhund dog, like her mom and dad, plus she LOVES car rides. (and pickups, too, back when we had one.) so I feel pretty confident that she would be a good candidate. I will probably scale the box down, as she is only 65 lbs full grown, but that is nicely done. Just curious, why did you pick a sideways sitting orientation rather than a fore-aft orientation?
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Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:51 am quote
Pastor Chris wrote:
Thanks for the detailed instructions! Those are awesome. Fancy is working toward becoming a schutzhund dog, like her mom and dad, plus she LOVES car rides. (and pickups, too, back when we had one.) so I feel pretty confident that she would be a good candidate. I will probably scale the box down, as she is only 65 lbs full grown, but that is nicely done. Just curious, why did you pick a sideways sitting orientation rather than a fore-aft orientation?
Actually the wide width is to give him the ability to shift his own weight, for balance.
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Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:02 am quote
Smartly done! That is one lucky dog...now I feel bad that I don't strap my kids in when they ride pillion.
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