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Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:08 pm quote
Being the impatient person I am, I couldn't wait till Monday for Yellow Freight to deliver my side car, I drove to their hub in Tracy and picked it up Today. NapaCoach came over with his client Chase and they gave me a hand. We go most all of it done today, tomorrow we will be riding. Thanks again Chase and Matt. I had taken the scooter much farther apart then needed for side car installation for the installation of many other mods.

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Picking up the Side Car in Tracy

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Un-crating the Side Car

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It was hard, see I even had to read the instructions (multiple times)

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Reforming the seat to fit around one of the supports.

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Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:33 pm quote
Yea!!!....toys!

Good for you Curt.

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Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:05 pm quote
Caption Contest



"It says here that if you want your trunk monkey to perform tricks, you have to give it a banana."
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:43 pm quote
OK so I couldn't leave it alone. I went back to work and it is all together now and when it gets warm enough tomorror I will see how she drives. I have never ridden in or driven a sidecar. New experience all around.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:04 am quote
Very nice looking side car! Looks like a fun project. What brand car is it? Just wondering, Beale.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:08 am quote
jess wrote:
Caption Contest



"It says here that if you want your trunk monkey to perform tricks, you have to give it a banana."
WARNING....NOT SUITABLE FOR SUZUKI BURGMAN SCOOTER

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:17 am quote
Curt, please post pics of your scooter and side car once you have it put back together and on the road. I love the look of a side car on a scooter, something very nostalgic about it.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:47 am quote
DougandMichelle wrote:
jess wrote:
Caption Contest



"It says here that if you want your trunk monkey to perform tricks, you have to give it a banana."
WARNING....NOT SUITABLE FOR YAMAHA BURGMAN SCOOTER
Or a SUZUKI Burgman scooter
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:41 am quote
Vic Mackey wrote:
DougandMichelle wrote:
jess wrote:
Caption Contest



"It says here that if you want your trunk monkey to perform tricks, you have to give it a banana."
WARNING....NOT SUITABLE FOR YAMAHA BURGMAN SCOOTER
Or a SUZUKI Burgman scooter
Oh crap....
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:30 am quote
More daddy more. Read me more!

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:54 am quote
Beale wrote:
Very nice looking side car! Looks like a fun project. What brand car is it? Just wondering, Beale.
It is a Texas Sidecar and the model is Ranger. http://www.texassidecars.com/sidecars.htm

This is our photo platform for rallies and special photo shoots.

My Photo Caption Submission.
jess wrote:
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Do Those Instruction Really Say I Have To Stay Down Here On My Knees?
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:23 am quote
You be careful on it,it's a whole different riding experience!!

You still got the crate in pic #1? You could sell it to Vacanze as a topcase..
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:33 am quote
Scoots wrote:
You be careful on it,it's a whole different riding experience!!

You still got the crate in pic #1? You could sell it to Vacanze as a topcase..
Hey he can have it for free, it is on the side of the house.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:37 am quote
Very cool looking sidecar - I have a feeling it will look awesome all done up!

Going to be a real cruiser and a great photo/video platform

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:22 pm quote
jess wrote:
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"No, seriously, the picture shows it to the right of the scooter...!"
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:40 pm quote
Well she is now complete. On Oct 10, 2006 I bought a Burgman 650 with the intention of mounting a sidecar to it and using it as a photo platform for shooting other scooters. Today Jan 14, 2007 she is complete now I just have to learn the idiosyncrasies of riding in and driving a sidecar rig, then I have to teach some friends to drive her so that I can do some photography. Not only did I do the sidecar but added many other enhancements.

- Texas Sidecar, Ranger model
- Modulating Headlights
- Front Running Lights, (in mirrors with turn signals)
- Stiebel Nautilus Horn
- Mc Cruise, electronic cruise control
- Garmin Zumo 550 GPS
- Brake Reservoir, Ball Ram Mounts
- Powerlet 12v power outlet in the under seat trunk
- BackOff brake light modulator
- V46 Givi Trunk

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:46 pm quote
Kewl.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:55 pm quote
Very nice Curt. More pictures needed!

I love the white color.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:22 pm quote
And total cost out the door is................

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:43 pm quote
jridg wrote:
And total cost out the door is................

- 2006 Burgman 650 $7500
- Texas Sidecar, Ranger model $3895
- Modulating Headlights $ 95
- Front Running Lights, (in mirrors with turn signals) $ 12
- Stiebel Nautilus Horn $ 30
- Mc Cruise, electronic cruise control $625
- Garmin Zumo 550 GPS $776
- Brake Reservoir, Ball Ram Mounts $ 35
- Powerlet 12v power outlet in the under seat trunk $ 15
- BackOff brake light modulator $ 40
- V46 Givi Trunk (Rack only as same trunk for GTS) $ 95
Total OTD $13,118
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:05 pm quote
Tikka Masala wrote:
Very nice Curt. More pictures needed!

I love the white color.
Here are a couple more snapshots taken today.

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:18 pm quote
Curt does the Burger have any problem pulling the extra weight? What are your overall thoughts on the scoot with and without the hack?

Bob
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:24 pm quote
cfargo wrote:
http://www.modernvespa.com/forum/files/bg_sc_07_177.jpg
Do I see bare fingers in that picture?
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:27 pm quote
Bryce-O-Rama wrote:
cfargo wrote:
Do I see bare fingers in that picture?
Huh, what, where? And damn it was cold out.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:32 pm quote
Vic Mackey wrote:
Curt does the Burger have any problem pulling the extra weight? What are your overall thoughts on the scoot with and without the hack?

Bob
With a passenger in the hack and my fat ass driving, it will still leave a GTS in the dust. It is an awesome scooter with or without the hack but for running around town the GTS is much better do to it's smaller size.
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Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:40 pm quote
cfargo wrote:
Vic Mackey wrote:
Curt does the Burger have any problem pulling the extra weight? What are your overall thoughts on the scoot with and without the hack?

Bob
With a passenger in the hack and my fat ass driving, it will still leave a GTS in the dust. It is an awesome scooter with or without the hack but for running around town the GTS is much better do to it's smaller size.
Thanks. I'm thinking of getting a Burgman in addition to my BV200. I really like the BV and intend to keep it for the long term. I'm trying to determine between the 400 and the 650. Nice setup by the way... ENJOY it!



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Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:58 pm quote
Looks great, Curt. Very nice setup.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:55 am quote
Awesome.

Tim
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:53 am quote
Curt that is one great looking setup! I like it very much, and thank you for the link to the side car site. Looks like a nice unit, very well made.

Is the side car gonna stay on full time? Just interested in how hard it would be to take off/put on? Thanks for sharing, Beale.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:40 am quote
Very nice Curt. Can't wait to see more shots.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:22 am quote
That's the best sidecar set up I've ever seen and I tend to like the vintage stuff. Looks like a great touring combination.

Has anybody ever taken a sidecar on a long trip? Like 400 miles in a day? Is it comfortable for the car rider?
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:56 am quote
What kind of mileage does the Burgman get without the sidecar?

And will you do some calculations for us with the sidecar and pax?

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Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:31 am quote
That is seriously cool, nicely done.

It's a whole different animal from what I bought my scooter for, but I could still see it being a lot of fun.
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have to teach some friends to drive her so that I can do some photography
I'd teach my friends the photography part, and do the driving myself.

btw, I just bought the same horn for my Buddy. I won't look as impressive as your new rig, but they'll be able to hear me.

Enjoy it!
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:48 am quote
Very nice! I hadn't realized what a fine looking scooter the Suzuki was.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:32 am quote
lobsterman wrote:
I'd teach my friends the photography part, and do the driving myself.
Curt is a great photographer, that's not a thing you can teach to ding-dongs like NapaCoach and myself.

But learning to drive a sidecar rig seems totally do-able. At least I hope so, 'cuz I sure want to take it for a spin!

Curt, the rig looks awesome. Can't wait to see it.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:08 am quote
Beale wrote:
Is the side car gonna stay on full time? Just interested in how hard it would be to take off/put on? Thanks for sharing, Beale.
At this time I plan on it staying on full time. It can be taken off in about 20 minutes and put back on in less than an hour. (Provided that you are on a level surface).
oldhighway7 wrote:
Is it comfortable for the car rider?
My wife said that the stock seat cushion is a bit hard, so you can alway fix that with some good memory foam.
jridg wrote:
What kind of mileage does the Burgman get without the sidecar?

And will you do some calculations for us with the sidecar and pax?

Without the sidecar, 45-50mpg and yes I will let you know about it with the sidecar after I get it dialed in and get a couple of tanks of gas under my belt.
lobsterman wrote:
I'd teach my friends the photography part, and do the driving myself.
I built this rig so that "I" can do some photography from it. To do so I'm going to have to find the right people to teach to drive it. It does take a LOT more physical labor to drive it as you are truly steering through every turn. Most people would consider driving a 2 wheeled scooter much more FUN then with a sidecar. It is a totally different driving experience and you need to get some experience under your belt before getting involved in a rally or some good twisties at speed. When a turn say 25 you better be doing 25.

My first two candidates are Jed from Napa and Monetry Pete. With Montery Pete it will be a 50/50 deal where we will have to share driving and shooting time.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:45 am quote
cfargo wrote:
My first two candidates are Jed from Napa and Monetry Pete.
Just say the word Curt, and I'm there. I'm bored at home today while the wife is off at work.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:18 pm quote
beautiful. looks great.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:16 pm quote
Curt that is an awesome looking set up you have there, you guys are going to have such a good time riding that and shooting your photos. Can't wait to see the photos you take now from the side car.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:36 pm quote


"Damn and double damn!!, it says here" "Amputation of the legs below the knee is not required, the bulkhead fitted to the sidecar is for packing purposes only and should be removed before use on the road "
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