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Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby JohnBG » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:30 pm

Since IMWA isn't including the yellow "Driving the Sidecar Outfit" book with new bikes any longer, it was suggested that these United Sidecar Association manuals might be good information for new (and Old) sidecar pilots.

Link: http://www.sidecar.com/links3.asp
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Postby Kerbouchard » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:51 am

For those who didn't get the Yellow book with their rig like me, it's available from Whitehorse press, here's a link:

http://www.whitehorsepress.com/product_ ... ts_id=6043

Driving a Sidecar Outfit, 2nd Edition (2008)
$34.95
Order Code: SIDC2E
Author: David Hough, Sidecar Safety Program, Inc.

Description:
Whether you have an antique British combination, a Russian Ural, or a right-handed North American outfit, this book offers the how-tos, advantages and disadvantages, and the risk awareness needed to drive these splendid machines. Lessons include an extensive Introduction, Basic Driving Skills, and Driving in Traffic, complete with exercises in balance, steering, shifting, turning, braking, and most important, stopping. If you have or are thinking about purchasing a sidecar outfit, get this book first. You’ll be glad you did!
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Paperback: 133 pages

Format: 8.5 by 11 inches, spiral binding, color and black and white illustrations


It's not a good substitute for a training course I know, but it's sure to be helpful if you haven't seen it!

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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby RockyNH » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:05 am

JohnBG wrote:Since IMWA isn't including the yellow "Driving the Sidecar Outfit" book with new bikes any longer, it was suggested that these United Sidecar Association manuals might be good information for new (and Old) sidecar pilots.

Link: http://www.sidecar.com/links3.asp


Thanks! I went to the link and downloaded them... Greatly appreciated!

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Postby RockyNH » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:06 am

Kerbouchard wrote:For those who didn't get the Yellow book with their rig like me, it's available from Whitehorse press, here's a link:

http://www.whitehorsepress.com/product_ ... ts_id=6043

Driving a Sidecar Outfit, 2nd Edition (2008)
$34.95


It's not a good substitute for a training course I know, but it's sure to be helpful if you haven't seen it!

Cheers,

Kerbouchard


Thank you.. I will be ordering one soon.. Appreciate teh info and link..

Pat in NH

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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby gibcott » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:49 pm

The link for the Yellow book is out of date.
New link is http://www.whitehorsegear.com/driving-a ... nd-edition
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Postby gabe502000 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:48 pm

I really appreciate you making the old Sidecar Manuals available! There's no school within 500 miles, that teaches sidecar finess...So, I'm my own instructor, & your manuals will be my textbooks! :mrgreen: Is there a pdf file Service Manual for the '10 Ural T available anywhere? My Dealer's got a CD version ordered....No telling when it will arrive. I love modern technology.However, as an old "Airplane Fixer," I really miss paper manuals! Thanks! Gabe
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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby rougaroo » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:09 am

This is an old manual called "How to Ride the Classic Ural Motorcycle" prepared especially for Ural . The pictures are very cool, with demonstrations of leaning techniques and beginner's exercises on how to take turns, etc. Have no idea what the story is on the origins of the book, but all the pictures are of 650 bikes, so it is definitely before the IWMA era.

I'd recommend this for anyone who is thinking about getting a Ural/Dnepr or for those who just gotten one and are trying to figure out the physics. Although it seems pretty simplistic, if you read closely there are very good descriptions about what to do and not to do on a sidecar in a tight right turn, basic motorcycle alertness and safety factors, etc.

This link is apparently in Finland, but I've downloaded a copy in case the link dies:http://www.lap.ttu.ee/xj600/ural/HowToRide.pdf

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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby fyr » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:08 am

Hey Roug
I downloaded and use that manual. It's great! Info pertaining to Ural and sidecaring and nice "reminders" about accident avoidance and riding mindset.
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Postby gateguy » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:42 pm

I read the manual, took the test and was able to safely get my new rig home without a trailer. Next trip out is to the sidecar safety course.
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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby Lokiboy » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:02 pm

Ural website under the downloads has a book "how to ride a Ural
It is the "Yellow Book" with very minor changes, but without the exercises
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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby JohnBG » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:15 pm

I found this manual which I think is the "yellow book" while cleaning off an old hard drive the other day...

It's kind of dated as it shows how to kickstart a 650 with the old bird's nest airbox and shutter, but all of the riding exercises should still be good for new bikes... 8)
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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby Diesel 88888888 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:57 pm

The Washington state DOL has a good 'three wheel' booklet, free, for taking the test to enhance your drivers license permitting the use of a 3/wheel motorcycle on WA roads.

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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby 54vintage » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:29 pm

I've got the second edition Driving a Sidecar Outfit and planning on putting it to use soon. My GU is do to be delivered early next week. I live in Eugene Oregon, so anyone in my neck of the woods who would like to run their rig through the exercises that are in the book are welcome to join in on the fun. There is a large parking lot at where I work that would allow for setting up the course(s).
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Re: Sidecar Manuals for Newbs (and old pharts too)

Postby Meron » Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:39 pm

Here is the link to down load the WA state trike/sidecar manual.

[http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/docs/trikemanual.pdf]


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