Flying the chair

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Flying the chair

Post by Canadian FJR » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:45 pm

I love pulling wheelies on the two wheeled bike and starting to get the hang of flying the chair on the Ural.

Are there any specific wear or stress items that I should pay particular attention to during regular maintenance that are should be watching for? I can usually set the sidecar down fairly smooth.



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Re: Flying the chair

Post by ReCycled » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:05 pm

Doesn't seem to be an issue generally. But if pusher spokes are loose, they'll go South in a hurry.
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by Canadian FJR » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:29 pm

Thanks, I’ll check them tonight


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Re: Flying the chair

Post by RC20 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:58 pm

From the video I have seen some people live to fly the chair and do it almost regularly on a right turn (not me)

But if you look at the suspension on that side, its robust, shock etc. Maybe the good news is in not optimizing the weight , you have a very solid frame and setup that can take real abuse let alone chair landing. Its hell for stout in other words!

It may well be a pothole has more G loading than landing the chair.

Certainly keep an eye on things but we should anyway.
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by SidecarDan » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:29 pm

I fly the chair so often I've worn the left shoulder off every pusher I've ever had on the bike. Luck is on my side as I have not had any loose spokes yet, and I'm not a delicate little guy either.
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by Canadian FJR » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:03 pm

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Re: Flying the chair

Post by mjrally » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:49 am

Not sure if it was just mine, but after an hour of practicing flying the chair, I lost my final drive dipstick on the drive home.
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by upstate ny » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:42 pm

I use to 'fly the chair' when I would pull into my work parking lot at 0600. I could do full loops to show off.

Never again after I found the cracks in my rim, along the spoke nipple. I know there were production problems with the rims, but figured it couldn't be good for them. No idea if this was the cause, but it was such a pain to get the rim replaced, so I quit doing it.
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by Canadian FJR » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:29 pm

Pusher or chair rim?


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Re: Flying the chair

Post by stagewex » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:43 pm

Almost an absolute "must do" to learn to fly the chair as there will eventually come a time when it will happen unplanned.
But like my buddies who like to do wheelies all the time on their 2-wheelers, they always seem to be the folks with the front suspension issues or fork seals gone bad all the time.

I wouldn't do it as a regular basis other than to re-acquaint myself every once and awhile. And of course show-off, haha.
I have steel wheels that are pushing 14 years old and so far have been lucky not to have some of the issues on the newer (but not that much newer) Ural model wheels & rims.

Into my third year of ownership and riding thought the Winter the Russian "chrome" on the rims and spokes were pretty bad. After having the hubs and rims media blasted I sent them to Buchanon for their custom version of stainless-steel ones. They would not accept or lace new Ural spokes.
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And who cares if they aren't actually round :)
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by PhilJet09 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:17 pm

I fly my chair all the time, haven’t noticed any related problems. Then again, it’s a Ural so you never know what’ll happen.
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Re: Flying the chair

Post by Canadian FJR » Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:42 pm

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Re: Flying the chair

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:46 pm

Canadian FJR wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:45 pm
I love pulling wheelies on the two wheeled bike and starting to get the hang of flying the chair on the Ural.

Are there any specific wear or stress items that I should pay particular attention to during regular maintenance that are should be watching for? I can usually set the sidecar down fairly smooth.



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