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Alaskahack 03-24-2012 10:10 PM

Springtime in Alaska
 
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This was Tuesday of this week, second day of spring. and I was getting a new sidecar delivered from DMC :clap

http://alaskahack.smugmug.com/Other/...3-12-056-M.jpg


http://alaskahack.smugmug.com/Other/...2-12-003-M.jpg


I'm going to have to lose a lot of snow before I'm going to be able to get them together :huh

But at least I be able to get in shape for the new riding season by doing a lot of shoveling.


http://alaskahack.smugmug.com/Other/.../photo-5-M.jpg


A couple of hours later I unpack enough to really see my new purchase :clap



In December I started a thread, asking if there were any Alaskan Hacks. Because I was really curious about getting a sidecar, and I've never really seen that many up here.

I started reading volumes of R&R's and different threads trying to make my mind up.

I already had a 1200GS and thought just buy the sidecar Ha Ha :eek1

I was following a thread with ClearwaterBMW, sent him a PM with my phone# and I was amazed that he called me back within a couple of hours

I then called another friend of mine that lives up here in Alaska and has a GS and a hacked KLR and goes by the screen name Hobo, to see what his thoughts were about hacking a GS :ear

Jay with DMC answered on the thread I started and said that they were sending a 72D up here in a week

I talked with Jason the guy with the 72D, And I was pretty much sold :D

Next problem was selling my better half. And that went a lot easier then I thought

I bought a snowmachine once that would ride two people, the day I took possession of it I found that I had to buy a second one for my wife because she didn't like riding 2up.

But she does like the idea of a sidecar :clap

So here I am with 3' of snow and waiting


Bob

Alaskajeff 03-24-2012 10:19 PM

Nice
 
Well dig that GS out and start the hack. I'm sure invited some of us valley ADVers over for a shoveling party with a lunch reward it would go quicker:D.....If you get it done and dialed in maybe a D2D test ride in June?

BeeMaa 03-24-2012 11:29 PM

Good looking tub you have there.
Gonna want some pics when it all comes together.
Good luck with it.

Nanuq 03-24-2012 11:38 PM

I'm excited to see how it turns out:D good luck and keep us posted!

AceRph 03-25-2012 07:03 AM

The scariest part of mounting the subframe on my GS was drilling out the front mounting location on the motor. I told my wife, if I hit oil, we won't be rich.

http://acerph.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...93_xz7f6-L.jpg

Bobmws 03-25-2012 07:46 AM

Reinforces my move from PA to FL! Don't miss having to shovel "partly cloudy" from the walk.....
Nice looking car, good luck with the build.

rathackman 03-25-2012 08:15 AM

Ummm, I agree with Bobmws...glad I moved from Alaska after 22 winters there....now in southern New Mexico where it is riding season year round....

I digress tho...just PTSD from all those winters....:eek1

You are building a sweet rig! Looking forward to pix as you set it up....

I had to laugh at what AlaskaJeff offered and I do miss the willingness to help each other out that was standard up there! And I miss how long my bikes lasted as a result of those 3-4 month riding seasons...:evil

You guys stay warm and have fun on the outfit....
Brian

Strong Bad 03-25-2012 09:56 AM

You are really going to live this rig.

Here's my 72D rig:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...compressed.jpg After riding down from Washington to Southern California along the coast and then with another couple of thousand miles around here, I found that the steering mod was a huge, huge improvement in the ease of handling. So much so, that I think it should be part of the package when you buy the sidecar.

Abenteuerfahrer 03-25-2012 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AceRph (Post 18298500)
The scariest part of mounting the subframe on my GS was drilling out the front mounting location on the motor. I told my wife, if I hit oil, we won't be rich.

http://acerph.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...93_xz7f6-L.jpg

I concur.....:knary

http://elsha.smugmug.com/Motorcycles...91_4Pxkp-M.jpg

BeeMaa 03-25-2012 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abenteuerfahrer (Post 18302806)

It really takes a pair of big brass ones to do that.
Don't think I have the stones for it.
Cheers.

Alaskahack 03-25-2012 08:09 PM

Drilling out front mounting location
 
Abenteuerfahrer
I've read both of your posts completely "Delivery Announcement: Ingrid is here, and Alaska ride with a sidecar"

And I must say at first it scared the living daylights out of me.

Even until just a week ago when I heard the car was coming I called Jason the other fellow with the new car up here and asked him how it went and did he have to drill the hole? :eek1

He said yes but it wasn't that bad:knary But I'm still a little nervous

But that is what makes it an adventure :lol3

jfoz 03-25-2012 09:25 PM

Good to see you got the sidecar Bob! Drilling that hole was a real scary part of the install, mostly due to it being in the most expensive part of the bike if you screw up! Really hard to un-drill it! When you do get your bike out of that snow bank and get started give me a call and I'll give you my pit falls to getting mine hooked up, there are a number of things I would do differently based on my experiences.

I've still got to get the lights wired up and do a proper test ride, just have to wait for the ice and snow to go away....

Jason

Alaskahack 03-25-2012 10:00 PM

Thanks Jason

I will call

Bob

AceRph 03-26-2012 04:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alaskahack (Post 18303619)
Abenteuerfahrer
I've read both of your posts completely "Delivery Announcement: Ingrid is here, and Alaska ride with a sidecar"

And I must say at first it scared the living daylights out of me.

Even until just a week ago when I heard the car was coming I called Jason the other fellow with the new car up here and asked him how it went and did he have to drill the hole? :eek1

He said yes but it wasn't that bad:knary But I'm still a little nervous

But that is what makes it an adventure :lol3

I looked at it for a looooonnngg time before I pulled the trigger. It was like drilling through butter. 3 or 4 seconds and it was done. I was so happy when no oil came out.

jaydmc 03-26-2012 09:30 AM

The hole that gets drilled out is a casting where the outer part is already 12mm, the casting is hour glass shaped so you are only removing a bit of a rough casting in the center of the hole. You would really have to try hard to not get it right.
Jay G
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