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I Have Officially Lost My Mind and Bought…

I Have Officially Lost My Mind and Bought…

Do you ever stop and ask yourself “why the hell not?” Is there really such a thing as a special occasion? When is it a good time to follow your heart? If not now, when?

That’s the mode of thinking that got me into this…

A 2012 Ural Patrol in orange & silver.

2012 Ural Patrol Orange

You’ll be glad to know that it matches my favorite purse.

For years I’ve kicked around the idea of a Ural, halfheartedly. It has always been one of those whims, those someday that would be cool sort of things. Never something that I researched or pursued.

But, you know? Life is so unpredictable.  Maybe someday down the road I wouldn’t have the money or the inclination or the resources to do it. So, I figured, why the hell not?  If not now, when?

On Sunday morning I mentioned to Kenny and Chloe that I was thinking about buying a Patrol. I kind of imagined my thoughts would have been met with something along the lines of “you what?” Instead, they were welcomed warmly with great enthusiasm. I think Chloe is more excited than anyone. My family is hands down, the biggest supporters of any of my hair-brained schemes. I’m very fortunate that way.

Last night to finally seal the deal of whether or not this was something I could or should do, I took a test ride on Catfish’s Ural. He told me point blank that it would be a love or hate affair. He wasn’t kidding. I could absolutely see why someone would hate it. And, how it could quirkly charm the pants off of you.

After reading for the past two days all about what it is like to pilot a sidecar rig, nothing could have prepared me for what it actually felt like. Terrifying but exciting is the best description I can muster for now.

It would do me a world of good to take a sidecar class but I haven’t found anything remotely local yet. If you have any resources or recommendations, I’d be happy to hear them. I’ll need lots of practice learning the ways of this machine.

I haven’t the slightest idea how this journey will unfold but I sure feel like finding out is worth the gamble. If I don’t like it, don’t want it anymore…I can sell it. But at least I will have given it a shot and I don’t have to sit back and wonder what it might have been like.

My orange egg is set to hatch on September 25th. That’s when it arrives from Russia, apparently. (I never imagined typing those words)  Unfortunately because of the Void Rally, I won’t be able to get up to Massachusetts to pick it up for nearly 2 weeks after that. It’s going to be a long wait but it’s just one more thing to look forward to.

Follow your heart, people. If not now, when?

1939 World’s Fair Police Motorcycle with Sidecar

1939 World’s Fair Police Motorcycle with Sidecar

The New York Public Library has an awesome collection of digitized images. I found this one while poking around. A 1939 World’s Fair Police Officer with motorcycle and sidecar.

I would love to know what type of motorcycle it is. If anyone has any information, please let me know!

New York World’s Fair - Employ... Digital ID: 1679255. New York Public Library

New York World’s Fair - Employ... Digital ID: 1679255. New York Public Library

Photo Note Reads:
“An Officer is pictured standing beside one the Motorcycles used for messenger service by the New York World’s Fair 1939. He is wearing the official uniform of the exposition police force, consisting of oxford gray coat, tan breeches, trooper’s hat, tan shirt and blue tie, leather boots and Sam Browne belt. The letters on the collar will be NYWF, giving him his official status.”

Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team Vespa Scooter with Sidecar

Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team Vespa Scooter with Sidecar

Another super-sweet scooter with sidecar setup from 2010 Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet. This awesome baby reads “Vespa Taxi Co.”  on the front and “Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team – Poestenkill, NY” on the sidecar.

Vespa Scooter Taxi with Sidecar

The Pine Bowl Speedway was a racing oval in upstate New York State in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Vespa Scooter with Side Car Rhinebeck National Meet

One of my bucket list items is to ride in a side car. Something like this would do just fine!

Motorcycle Photo: The Toughest Scooter in the World

Motorcycle Photo: The Toughest Scooter in the World

Sometimes scooter riders don’t get the respect they deserve from motorcycle riders. They don’t get a wave, a nod, a ‘Hey nice bike’ from their bigger 2-wheeled brethren. Let’s face it. Sometimes they get mocked, laughed at and straight up made fun of. This scooter rider dares you to make fun of their wheels.

Scooter with Machine Gun and Sidecar

Love it.

The Barber Museum: 1958 Ariel Square Four with Sidecar

The Barber Museum: 1958 Ariel Square Four with Sidecar

Has there ever been a finer looking sidecar than the one on this 1958 Ariel Square Four? No. No, I don’t think so.
Barber Museum 1958 Ariel Square Four with Sidecar

Barber Museum Ariel Square Four with Sidecar Barber Museum Ariel Square Four with Sidecar Ariel Square Four with Sidecar Barber Museum

It doesn’t say so on the placard but I’m pretty sure that when you open the door on the sidecar, you are greeted by a snow white unicorn galloping down a glittering rainbow of Skittles. It leaves an eddy of whirling diamonds with every pillow-soft touch of it’s magical feet. It’s just that good.

Placard Reads:

Ariel Square Four
4G Mk II

“The Ariel square cylinder layout was unique in an era when 90% of motorcycles were of single cylinder or v-twin design. Originally conceived in the 1930’s, it was developed into the final version you see here. While not particularly powerful, it was incredibly smooth and had a distinctive exhaust note that was unique. Square Four’s command the same respect as a Vincent, with a lot of myths regarding the performance. One of the boasts was that they would accelerate from 30 to 100 miles per hour in high gear.”

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