I'm not really sure how long Chris's and friends adventure was going to be, but from the quick itinerary that was mentioned to me I figured it would be about 10 days. I received a call or a message telling me they were in Valdez and probably be at our place the next day.
We were looking forward to hearing all about their trip. Afternoon came and so did all the riders, finally Chris and Rebecca pulled in with the Raven. We walked up to Chris and Rebecca and jubilantly asked "How was the Trip" (and they said, the sidecar broke.)
I just couldn't believe it, we had just come back from a trip to California, two days before Chris picked up the Raven I did a speed run over Hatcher Pass, Chris and his wife just came from Valdez Alaska via the state ferry and drove in to my front yard with this broken sidecar.
We asked are you kidding?
Chris went on to explain that a weld on the sidecar had broken but that they were able to make some repairs to get it going again.
The broken weld happened on the McCarthy Road
This is rough 60 mile dirt in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, making it a little more challenging now that tourist season was over so there is not a lot of traffic to be seen. Amazingly they had found a local fellow that had a shop and had a generator for
Chris showed me exactly what broke loose and why, he then went on to explain that the repairs that were completed in the field, and said that he would send some pictures as soon as he was able to. And that we would keep in touch via phone and mail. I ask him if it was safe to drive, and he gave me a affirmative answer. And the more I thought about it after the break was repaired and the trusses installed it was probably stronger then when I gave it to him.
The next day I received quite a few pictures of the sidecar and repairs from Chris, that and the crew of riders did. And I was surprised to see Steve and Mark a couple of friends of mine from Willow Alaska and were on a forum I follow were on the ride and did some of the repairs to the sidecar. After seeing the pictures I then decided to give Steve a call and get his side of the story He told me the breakdown happened about six miles this side of McCarthy and they were able to find a guy that had some power from a generator and a torch. He asked me what I was going to do, and I told him I wasn't sure yet. I asked him if it was strong enough to ride, he said he couldn't see why not.
So we took a quick spin up to Eklutna village and lake I was so curious to see how it would drive
|October 2 2014 time to install the Hippo Hands (wind protectors for hand grips)|
I received the new frame and fender and stored it temporarily until I took the time to install it. The weather cooperated that year so it was still time to ride.
|Step 1 remove sidecar body|
|Step 2 Compare old frame to new frame|
A bit of a closer look
|Step 3 Put it back together|
The only problem was the new fender that was sent was to small to fit
I took the measurements and took some pictures and sent it to Jay at DMC in the meantime I bolted and ty-wrapped the old fender in place.
I received a new fender with-in the week
I can't say enough about Chris, Mark and Steve for the repairs they did under some of the worst conditions.
The Raven was able to be part of a two page photo layout
In OTL Magazine
Brought to you by Nomad Cinematics
Again a special thanks to Chris Canterbury and Boxer Metal