I have had my Retro for a little over 2 months. I have put about 500 miles on it so far, pretty good considering it is still winter in Colorado. So getting the chair up in the air has been on my mind for a while, but I just didn't have the nerve, it just seemed too radical. I did it on accident a couple of times on some hard rights, completely unintentional. It was weird!
Well today I had some time, it was a nice day and I set out to find a parking lot and (maybe) try to get it up and inch or two. I am not kidding when I say, it took less than 15 minutes until I was completely comfortable flying that sucker!
Initially I set an oval course about 30 yards with right hand turns. I quickly got to the point that I could hold it in the air through the turns. Then I tried to hold it in the straights for as long as I could. 5 yards, then 10 yards, then 15 yards, then all the way to the end of the parking lot (about 60 yards).
Once I figured out the weight distribution and throttle and brake control, I could literally ride it for as long as I wanted to. Then I figured out how to pull it up going in a straight line. Holy crap man, this is awesome!!! In less than 2 hours I have total confidence initiating this super cool maneuver. While I am no pro yet, I have a completely new look on right handed turns and how to control them.
The funny part is the expressions on peoples faces passing by, it freaks them the hell out! It is like they are about to see a train wreck unfold in front of them. Oh how fun this Ural sidecar stuff is. I am having an absolute blast, it's like taking your first jump on my Stingray bicycle when you were 10 years old. 44 years later, I still got it in the blood