Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sidecar Rides for Kids

Sidecar Rides for Kids

Kids love sidecars even more than dogs do. My friend Rick volunteers at a local block party giving free rides in his sidecar each year. He usually manages to find a few three-wheelin friends to join him. I had a fun time last year, so when he asked this time I was happy to accept.

Sidecar Rides for Kids

The block party fills the entire parking lot of a local church. They have all kinds of family-oriented fun from ring toss, to fire trucks, hay rides, and the sidecar rides or as the kids like to call them “motorcycle rides”.

Sidecar Rides for Kids

Last year, it was just me and my Ural since Rick’s FJ rig was down for repairs. You can see it up front in the above photo. You may remember me posting a video from riding in it back in 2011. You can watch it here: FJ1200 Sidecar Ride.

Sidecar Rides for Kids

We were also joined by another Ural shown in the center of the pic two above and in front just above. It was much too clean. The owner joked that he thought it was dirty and had an urge to wash it before he came. I didn’t see any dirt on his. Mine still has mud on it. hehe.

Sidecar Rides for Kids

The three of us loaded up with kids each trip, usually only taking one each, but could sometimes squeeze in two small kids. We had a couple helpers getting helmets and eye protection on each of the kids, so they were ready to go when we pulled in.

Sidecar Rides for Kids

We rode in formation slowly around the neighborhood. It was a sight. The kids loved it; they were giggling and laughing the whole way. We all had a good time. Looking forward to next year.

8 comments:

  1. That is so cool, way to introduce kids to motorcycling! I would love to do something like this, maybe I can start something around here.

    Step 1: Buy a Ural

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    1. Do it!
      Maybe step1: buy a sidecar. If it wasn't for winter snow, I'd probably have a different sidecar than the Ural.

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  2. This is awesome. Sweet how the kids are lining up for the action.

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  3. I don't think I've ever seen a Ural as shiny as the blue one.

    It looks like everyone had a lot of fun at the event. How many rides did you give?

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    1. Yea, only in the showroom are they as shiny as that blue one. I think it was a 2007 too.

      How many rides? I have no idea, but it was non-stop for almost three hours. Bikes were borderline overheating.

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