Holiday, or what might be called "category" themed bikes, sometimes catch my eye and reader Lief was able to catch a glimpse of a military style bike sidecar that was featured on the 4th of July - the date America achieved the right spend itself into a 14 trillion dollar debt. We logically commemorate the historic occasion by cheering on gluttons stuffing themselves with processed meat. I am not quite certain, but based on news reports the gross national weight may be increasing at the same pace as the debt clock.
All text and the picture below are credited to Lief. If readers out there have spotted such "theme" bikes feel free to send us an email. And if you are eating while reading this, e a t s l o w e l y - I hear it's better for you.
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We captured this shot of an experimental Military vehicle running through it's paces on the 4th of July in Renton, WA.
The sidecar looked like a propane tank cut open at the top and mounted to an axle at the back. The whole thing was welded to the MTB with at least two trusses; one at the rear dropout and the other near the head tube - from this angle you can barely make out the front truss.
The sidecar wheel was nicely canted (?) and the whole rig turned sharply.
The military details extended to a number on the back, a star on the nose, and even included an awesome self-fashioned center-mount machine gun.
There were red bombs stenciled on the side (in the shadow of the wheel/fender) indicated the number of sorties taken by the duo until the Captain said there got to be too many and he lost the stencil.
The little Gunny, approx 3-4 yrs old, was all business and wouldn't volunteer any further information about his top-secret experimental vehicle. He clearly had a super-secret digital scrambler technology which obscured his face from the ccd in the camera.
You can see that the Gunny is quite secure with a full harness - I can only assume that the Captain had that installed in deference to the Commanding General back on the home front.
Go get 'em Gunny!