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I've not read any activity here in several days. 

Is everyone really out riding, or is my computer playing tricks on me??

I've been riding my Retro Rig with great pleasure.

'Hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy,

RussN

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10 hours ago, RussN said:

I've not read any activity here in several days. 

Is everyone really out riding, or is my computer playing tricks on me??

I've been riding my Retro Rig with great pleasure.

'Hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy,

RussN

I think everyone is busy making up for a lost year due to the Beer Virus. Everything is beginning to get back to normal here in Alabama. 

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On 6/3/2021 at 6:43 PM, RussN said:

I've not read any activity here in several days. 

Summer is begining, Covid starts to dissapear, peoples try to recover the lost time. I did not have much activity on this forum because in the last two years I had another projects (Triumpf BD250 finished, BMW R35, BMW R60/5). On russian bikes I am working on my M72, I am begining to work on a M66 engine (I will show here the work) and I have to finish a Dnepr engine.

So, I am still working and I am still here. I have sold the Dnepr and now I have some space in my garage!

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Luca:

Good to hear you have been productive and entertained.   Same here.  

In the past 2 years I finished building a 1/8 size steam locomotive, rebuilt the worn valve gear on my other locomotive, 

and completed the restoration of a 60-year-old steam boat.  Pandemic children, you might say.  

As our worlds safely open back up (slowly)  I am able to operate them all, and enjoy riding my Russian Iron too.

And I always look forward to seeing your restoration work.

RussN

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I'm in the beginning stages of a new project. I found a Velorex 562 sidecar in a barn for $350 in not to bad shape. I diden't try to talk him down or anything. Just handed him the money, loaded it in the truck, and took off before anyone else showed up and knew anything about what a sidecar like that costs even used. I've gotten it cleaned up and all the hardware ready to clamp it to a motorcycle. I have a 2006 Honda VT600 Shadow (The Little Shadow) and I'm in the process of fabricating a sub-frame for the bike because there's no way to mount the sidecar to it properly otherwise. I've got it about half done spending a lot of time on a heavy peace of 1/4" angle iron machining slots for U-bolts and cutting it down to size and clearance cuts to fit on the bikes frame. Then I've got to make some support brackets for a 1" steel pipe the sidecar clamps will clamp on for both lower mounts. Upper mounts will be fabricated too. I looked at a few Youtube videos of sidecars attached to a Honda VT600 Shadow like mine and all of them looked really janky. I noticed one that had the rear upper mount attached to the bikes swing arm with a swivel joint on it. You know driving it like that had to be a really frighting thing to do. None of them actually showed the bike driving around. They were all just walk around videos and telling how they could mount their sidecar's to any motorcycle.

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On 6/5/2021 at 6:51 PM, Scott E said:

I'm in the beginning stages of a new project. I found a Velorex 562 sidecar in a barn for $350 in not to bad shape. I diden't try to talk him down or anything. Just handed him the money, loaded it in the truck, and took off before anyone else showed up and knew anything about what a sidecar like that costs even used. I've gotten it cleaned up and all the hardware ready to clamp it to a motorcycle. I have a 2006 Honda VT600 Shadow

I also found a Velorex nearby, however it is a 560.  I have a Ural M63 and the sidecar was removed by the PO years ago for a BMW...  I think the M63 needs a hack.  However the 560 is very small internally and do not know if it would be worth the effort.  I am really holding out for a Sputnik; there have been one or two semi-locally however the seller was too proud.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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My 562 is small inside as well. I have sat in it and just barely fit. I'm 5 foot 8 inches tall and weigh 200 lbs. If I was any larger in any other sizes I simply would not fit. My Wife is slightly smaller than I am so she will fit which is all I was worried about. My Dnepr Sidecar is huge in comparison. I think my 562 will be a good fit for the Honda as it's a 600cc bike so a smallish Sidecar is what it needs.   

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