Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 USCA Sidecar Rally

The USCA National Sidecar Rally was held in Hotchkiss, Colorado in early July, so rode the Grey Phantom from New Mexico up following a portion of the Continental Divide Trail.

Here is a 12 minute video of the ride and rally for those interested..


The beautiful green and cream Indian sidecar rig belongs to my friend Muzzleflash. Three of us rode URAL sidecar rigs coast to coast following old Route 50 two years ago. Now he rides in style and faster with the Indian.

Am still studying and learning iMovie editing. This is my third video, but the first using the SONY Action Camera. In future videos I hope to see improvement in smoothing the panning and editing. Was surprised at the amount of memory video editing requires. 

The ride itself?  KLR handled the trail well, no issues with the bike. Still sorting out a few issues with the sidecar: mounts and placement of weight. Weak points were revealed, excess and repetitive tools will be removed and solutions to a few remaining issues is being sought. 

Issues to resolve: 
Replace the PVC tool tube/foot rest. After hitting a rock it shattered, leaving sharp pointed ends sticking out.  Removed it on the trail as being too hazardous. 
Where and how to carry drinking water
Constant vibration of sidecar board
More secure strapping of gas cans
 Some nuts and bolts thought they wanted to be free. Constant vibrating will do that. 
Apply loktite to ALL nuts and bolts, no matter the size.

Thanks for following along.

CCjon


10 comments:

  1. You are getting REALLY good at this video editing. It looks AMAZING!!LOVE LOVE LOVE the ride into Colorado, the background music, and the written narration. Scenery looks stunning via video! So awesome! You inspire me, Abu! Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. I know you will love going up in the mountains of New Mexico too. Soon.......

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  2. Excellent job editing Jon. It was a wonderful video easy to view and good choice of music.

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    1. The music was off a CD by the couple who entertained Saturday night at the rally. A local husband - wife duo. Always prefer tapping into local talent when I can.

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  3. Well done on the video CCJon! Amazing how much video one has to wade through to get the usable snippets eh? I liked your panning of the rigs for closeups. Can I put a link to your video on my own blog posting of the rally?

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    1. Dom, you can use any of my posting you wish. No problem.

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  4. Great video, and an introduction to a group I'd never heard before but will listen to again... and again. Thanks!

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    1. David, Pint & a Half are Duke and Tami Sheppard out of, I think, Salida, Colorado. They write and compose their own songs.
      Here is their web page: www.pint-and-a-half.com

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  5. Great job on the video. The USCA rally. One more to add to the list...

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    1. Richard, next years rally will be even further away for you, in Corning, NY. It will be back in the northwest in 2019.

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