A Tale of Two Bikes (2.5, rather)

The Ducati playing shirking violet in the background to the sidecar rig I test rode today.

The Ducati playing shirking violet in the background to the sidecar rig I test rode today.

The Wednesday after I came back from my tour, I could recover my Ducati from the shop. It had gotten a new rear tyre, a service and had been adjusted to my wishes.
Put on the nose, basically, the rear damper given a few turns so that it corners better now.

The back rises above the sun now!

The back rises above the sun now!

No, really, that was just for the effect. It handles better now, dropping into cants almost by telepathy.

And today, something completely different from the other extreme of the motorcycle spectrum, I test rode a sidecar rig. The tour had taught me that the vehicle is ephemeral. There is nothing more hands-on than a motorcycle with a sidecar. Especially as there is only one manufacturer left that does them: Ural. Their factory is actually located east of the Ural in Siberia. And what do they produce? Reluctantly modernised versions of the BMW R-71 with a fixed sidecar. A consequence of post-WW II reparations and the Spandau BMW motorcycle factory somehow making it’s way east.

Here's the dealer's demo model in Sahara desert trim.

Here’s the dealer’s demo model in Sahara desert trim.

The test ride was something special. It *drives* much like a car. You have to align the bike with the tracks of the left wheels of the cars in order to avoid amputating the sidecar. And you steer into corners, no leaning the bike, no pushing the inside bar. It took getting used to, but after a few rounds over residential streets, I ventured on an A-Road and even overtook a cyclist!

So, I was optimistic and ordered one, the Ural T TWD model.

This is the colour I chose, Tundra Green, it's a powder coat.

This is the colour I chose, Tundra Green, it’s a powder coat.

Tax return gone! I can’t wait till end of next month when it arrives. I will be so frightened learning to drive again…

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One Response to A Tale of Two Bikes (2.5, rather)

  1. Pingback: Happy Anniversary! | Phaedrus rides a motorcycle, too, you know!

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