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    Posted January 7, 2014 by
    Fishers, Indiana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

    Alternative Snow Transportation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Corey Wilkinson says the sidecar motorcycle shown here is useful for snowy conditions that would be difficult for an ordinary vehicle. He says it is a real head-turner wherever it goes, and he thinks it fitting that it shares the name of Russia's Ural mountains -- near Siberia.

    'The model is called Red October and it actually comes from the factory just like you see it. They’re the only motorcycle company today that manufactures a motorcycle with sidecar attached to it. We put a 'knobby' tire on the rear to help make it get better traction in the snow and it does great. When weather gets bad and the police put out a travel advisory to stay off the roads, we know there are people who probably need help. So we take a break from the office, throw in the snow shovels and go look for people that need to be dug out or pushed out of deep snow. I also made a grocery run in it, where many folks gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up.' The motorcycle belongs to Corey and his brother Casey. They are twins and own a graphic design business together; the motorcycle is their 'company vehicle.' The photo was taken Sunday, January 5, when the snowfall was heavy. Corey Wilkinson adds: 'As creative industry guys, we like to come up with ways to have fun, even in adverse weather. Sitting at a computer all day can become monotonous, so when Mother Nature threw a curve ball with this snow, we were thankful to have a funky utility vehicle on hand to go out and explore the frozen tundra of suburban Indianapolis.'

    Here's what he said about the frigid conditions: 'The weather has shut down schools, caused power outages and overwhelmed road crews. Close to a foot of wet snow fell in a short period of time. The next morning, temperatures dropped into the negative numbers and the wind picked up, freezing the tall, wet snow to a hard-packed, slick surface. By week's end, we may see temperatures in the 40s, which will lead to some flooding I’m sure.'

    Note: Please be sure to exercise caution during adverse weather conditions, and stay out of harm's way.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    Before snowplows could make it down neighborhood streets, close to 10 inches of snow created a challenge for the average car. I used my Ural sidecar motorcycle to make a grocery run and brought along shovels in case other motorists needed to be dug out. If the going gets tough, might as well make it fun!
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