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Flying the Chair

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:27 pm
by Vermeer
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 :clap:

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:37 pm
by tourist
:cheers: enjoy

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:41 pm
by 223sniper
We have a few roundabouts in my area. When I am in a good mood I can't help but fly the chair. So far I have not caught anyone looking but, that's not the reason I do It so maybe I'm just not looking. It's just fun.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:05 pm
by Kilometers2
Yep...that's the fun part....but be careful in traffic and always try to read the slope of the road. Making a 90 degree right hand turn, from a level road, onto a road going uphill, with a car parked at the bottom waiting to turn left, can get real exciting when the sidecar comes up quickly. Not that I would know anything about that, having flown the chair countless times and made circles around buildings the size of a super Wal-Mart with the chair never touching down....but if I HAD known something about that, I would have gone back about 30 times practicing that particular turn till I made it up the hill and across the parking lot with the chair still up in the air.....just saying.....it was just a little daydream on a sunny day

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:41 am
by alienbogey
I scrape the exhaust pipe when flying the chair on my Retro. Do you?

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:40 am
by stagewex
If you get addicted to flying the chair make more than often good inspections of your wheels and spokes. They will only take so much before needing an adjustment and they are not exactly NASA rated.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:47 pm
by jeffsaline
Anyone have facts about engine lubrication or lack of it when flying the chair for extended distances? I'm curious if the engine gets oil starved flying the chair for 300 yards or more. Or maybe less???

Thanks and best,

Jeff

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:56 pm
by BillyG
No ill effects. You can go for miles and miles. Stop worrying and go fly your hack.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:28 pm
by stagewex
Looking to break the record, are ya?

Anyone know what the record is? Sounds like a great Rally vs. Rally Challenge.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:25 pm
by bluesman
alienbogey wrote:I scrape the exhaust pipe when flying the chair on my Retro. Do you?

I am a chair flying noobie, but my 2015 retro does not scrape the pipes even when flying the chair way high.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:56 pm
by jeffsaline
BillyG wrote:No ill effects. You can go for miles and miles. Stop worrying and go fly your hack.

BillyG,

Thanks for the reply. Makes me feel much better knowing it should be fine. I know of a couple of guys that have burned up engines in other brand bikes doing extended wheelies.

Best,

Jeff

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:17 pm
by chocolatehauler
I do it almost every time I ride. Ok scratch the almost. But I pick when and where carefully. You don't want to scare someone and cause an accident. Or worse yet get over confident and end up somewhere you don't want to be. Just saying, be careful and have fun.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:54 am
by Nimbus4
I went to Fleet Farm one morning, got there before they opened. I went around the parking lot, loopdy looped around light poles and did figure 8's around shopping carts. That was fun!! Kept the chair in the air for about 5 minutes, did some low speed maneuvers and even got so I could run up 1st - 3rd gear.....Good times under 10 mph, big difference in the adrenaline at 100 mph plus or getting airborne. Safer, which is good now that I am getting older.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:58 am
by gobium
BillyG wrote:No ill effects. You can go for miles and miles. Stop worrying and go fly your hack.

Yes there is ill effects.
wife monkey will punch you hard.

Re: Flying the Chair

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:15 pm
by BillyG
Too busy screaming to punch ;-)