Lily, ready to ride on the sidecar hack

Sidecar Superhero

The old axiom, “Necessity is the mother of invention” has a gaping hole in its logic; the drive to create even when there’s nothing lacking.

Compared to most of the world, I live the richest, most opulent and adorned life one could ever hope for, yet my desire to create hasn’t melted away. My job is 76 miles away from my front door, a commute that gives me lots of time to think. There’s many a night when I roll up our gravel driveway and head straight to my notebook to scratch out some new something I hope to one day bring to life.

“Retrovation” is a word we’ve come up with around our house to describe the style of creativity we enjoy. It’s not necessarily innovation because we may be creating something that’s been done before, but we want the joy of doing it ourselves. Typically we create out of an abundance of junk lying around, so it’s certainly not from new stock that we build. We retroactively innovate; using what we have to make what we need for what we enjoy.

Ollie prior to the sidecar hack addition

Ollie, prior to retrovation

Ollie is one such retrovation. I’d been thinking for some time that a sidecar hack would be just the thing for this odd duck of a motorcycle. His big tires and low slung bobber/chopper frame give Ollie a standout look that screams “accessorize me!”. So, I did.

 

sidecar-mountingDreaming up the mounting brackets for the sidecar

sidecar-mountingDreaming up the mounting brackets for the sidecar

 

Ollie lacks a seat - time to innovate...

Ollie lacks a seat – time to innovate…

 

Chief Innovation Officer, Elijah Farrell

Chief Innovation Officer, Elijah Farrell

 

Lily, ready to ride on the sidecar hack

Lily, ready to ride…

 

Ollie on the stage at Beast Feast 2014

Ollie on the stage at Beast Feast 2014

 

Ollie rescues a stranded soldier with some petrol

Ollie rescues a stranded soldier with some petrol

We’ll use Ollie and the sidecar hack for lots of things, although I can’t imagine any of them will be a “necessity”. That’s fine with me. It’s enough just to have created something we can enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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