Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:46 pm
Location: GoodLiver, OR
While I was at the warehouse I got a chance to test ride the motocross factory special they brought back from Russia. Built on a two wheel drive Patrol frame with a slabsided 5 gallon IZH fuel tank, bobbed fenders and the sidecar just a platform with a vestigial bench seat and a bunch of grabholds for the monkey, this thing flat out rocks. It is about 200# lighter than the Patrol. Without a passenger or ballast it would be nearly unrideable. Step on the left footpeg and you can easily pop the sidecar off the ground. Put a passenger on and it friggin screams! You can use the throttle to square off the corners with the passenger hiking out like a sailor on a HobieCat, throwing weight way into the inside of the turn and keeping the rig flat on the ground as you rail around the curves! Did a dozen laps around bunch of warehouses last Saturday evening. Wet asphalt and empty parking lots. WOOHOO! Gary sez they haven't decided if they will bring this bike to market or not, but the response at the moto shows has been overwhelmingly positive. I hope the do it. This thing would kick ass at the dualsport rallies!
Sidecar and Trike instruction