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Forum: Hacks 10-29-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 817
Posted By leejosepho
I once found myself in need of medical attention...

I once found myself in need of medical attention and the only person in that parking lot other than my wife who has yet to ever be out of one was a young man I had taken for a ride a couple of times....
Forum: Hacks 10-29-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 640
Posted By leejosepho
As long as her other hand is still free for...

As long as her other hand is still free for handling my tools, yes?
Forum: Hacks 10-16-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,134
Posted By leejosepho
Without, and neither is it safer to learn to ride...

Without, and neither is it safer to learn to ride on two wheels before adding a sidecar. One leans and the other does not -- apples and oranges.
Forum: Hacks 10-09-2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,643
Posted By leejosepho
I am reminded of the story of the man who had...

I am reminded of the story of the man who had carefully practiced driving his rig solo in order to be safe, then added his wife and child in the sidecar and they all died when the additional weight...
Forum: Hacks 10-09-2014, 02:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,462
Posted By leejosepho
My wife sent a roll of film out for processing,...

My wife sent a roll of film out for processing, and this across-the-pond oddity struck me as being a bit strange...
Forum: Hacks 10-01-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 641
Posted By leejosepho
I would get a bike that fits you by having a big...

I would get a bike that fits you by having a big seat and plenty of leg room rather than shying away from a little horsepower just because you are new to riding. Throttles are not toggle switches,...
Forum: Hacks 09-28-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,302
Posted By leejosepho
You have five factors: 1) Rolling resistance...

You have five factors:
1) Rolling resistance (friction) if the additional weight squishes a tire;
2) Wind resistance (friction) and/or turbulence;
3) Pulling and braking against inertia (an...
Forum: Hacks 09-25-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 655
Posted By leejosepho
Personal preferences and opinions vary, so you...

Personal preferences and opinions vary, so you will have to decide what you believe best for your own safety. The more you ride in traffic, the greater your actual need. Laws typically require only...
Forum: Hacks 09-21-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,091
Posted By leejosepho
Please forgive my off-topic distraction there. ...

Please forgive my off-topic distraction there.

Build threads are scattered, and it would be nice to have them all in one place.
Forum: Hacks 09-21-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,091
Posted By leejosepho
...so now things are as he wishes (and I can only...

...so now things are as he wishes (and I can only post one photo at a time) and nothing is going to be changed for the preferences or convenience of anyone else!

Oh well.
Forum: Hacks 09-20-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,214
Posted By leejosepho
You can post photos here by clicking "Advanced"...

You can post photos here by clicking "Advanced" and uploading them directly to ADVrider while posting.
Forum: Hacks 09-19-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 592
Posted By leejosepho
Not a bad price if the engine is decent. Do you...

Not a bad price if the engine is decent. Do you plan to use round tubing? I used a hole saw and a drill press to cut the joints for my tubing so I could avoid the unnecessary bulkiness of square or...
Forum: Hacks 09-17-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By leejosepho
A motorcycle "rig" or "hack" (with "hack" being...

A motorcycle "rig" or "hack" (with "hack" being somewhat similar to "taxi" in its passenger-carrying ability) is the product or outcome of rigging a motorcycle to carry one or more additional...
Forum: Hacks 09-17-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,091
Posted By leejosepho
Some build threads never get moved and then added...

Some build threads never get moved and then added to the "Hack build links" thread, so I think it would be simpler to have a "Builds" sticky or sub-forum right here where a mod could move a thread,...
Forum: Hacks 09-15-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By leejosepho
Same here on the acceleration and deceleration,...

Same here on the acceleration and deceleration, and I think the only big difference with my own wide rig as compared to a regular one is the extra wind resistance that makes the wider chair pull...
Forum: Hacks 09-15-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By leejosepho
Check your state laws about minimum age for...

Check your state laws about minimum age for riding on a motorcycle and ask a cop what he would say about a toddler in a sidecar, then also be sure to have a seat and belt that will accept a...
Forum: Hacks 09-15-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,785
Posted By leejosepho
By using the back half of a second bike like that...

By using the back half of a second bike like that for sidecar suspension and two seats, you could add a center seat and have a total of five like I would have if I had a rear seat on the tug. ...
Forum: Hacks 09-14-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,785
Posted By leejosepho
Based upon my own experience with 650cc, 750 lbs....

Based upon my own experience with 650cc, 750 lbs. and 65 mph, get at least 750cc with low-end torque and with the entire rig weighing no (or very little) more than 750 lbs. so you can easily do daily...
Forum: Hacks 09-14-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,197
Posted By leejosepho
LL = Leading Link Nice rig!

LL = Leading Link

Nice rig!
Forum: Hacks 09-13-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By leejosepho
"A drawback of the sliding pillar system is that...

"A drawback of the sliding pillar system is that the track changes with suspension movement, particularly where the track is narrow (as for cyclecars) in relation to suspension travel...[thereby...
Forum: Hacks 09-11-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 876
Posted By leejosepho
Since the sidecar is an accessory to its tug and...

Since the sidecar is an accessory to its tug and not a modification of the bike, I kept the right-side blinker on the bike while assuming the Louisiana vehicle-inspection law requires it to (still?)...
Forum: Hacks 09-09-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 938
Posted By leejosepho
Agreed. The tire carrying the most weight and...

Agreed. The tire carrying the most weight and doing the most work (drive and braking) is going to get the most wear, and having a lot of toe-in makes that worse. No two rigs are identical, but I...
Forum: Hacks 09-04-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,760
Posted By leejosepho
Bike and all, I have about $5k invested in my rig...

Bike and all, I have about $5k invested in my rig for materials and parts, no labor, and I cannot imagine coming up with much of anything for less than at least that.

Here might be one possible...
Forum: Hacks 09-03-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,760
Posted By leejosepho
If you have no burning desire to also be out on...

If you have no burning desire to also be out on two wheels, just go for the hack and leave things at that. After having my rig for these past few years with the intent of leaving two-wheeling behind...
Forum: Hacks 08-30-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,227
Posted By leejosepho
I go into cemeteries to photograph the gravesites...

I go into cemeteries to photograph the gravesites of veterans and others, and parking on the grass intelligently (where pushing back with a foot is nearly impossible) can sometimes be a bit of a...
Forum: Hacks 08-28-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,175
Posted By leejosepho
Disclaimer: From a rookie (me) taking a shot at...

Disclaimer: From a rookie (me) taking a shot at this question...


No matter what kind of front end you might have, trail is still the distance between where the angle of the neck of the bike...
Forum: Hacks 08-26-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By leejosepho
Deep-cycle batteries are not engineered for the...

Deep-cycle batteries are not engineered for the heavy bursts required for starting, but neither are regular batteries engineered for anything else. So, the compromise here might be justified by the...
Forum: Hacks 08-24-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,227
Posted By leejosepho
I have exactly the same situation in front of our...

I have exactly the same situation in front of our local Post Office, but the cops either understand or have yet to ever notice, realize or care that my rig and I will be making a U-turn against...
Forum: Hacks 08-20-2014, 02:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,399
Posted By leejosepho
That thread is a good example of how easy it can...

That thread is a good example of how easy it can be for one person's hard-won experience with a given rig to become his "facts" or "formula" for the next, and you address that clearly:

I do not...
Forum: Hacks 08-19-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,399
Posted By leejosepho
That came from Blackjack, here:...

That came from Blackjack, here: http://www.thefont.info/

He is not really a sidecarist, just someone with a bit of his own type of experience. The part I found interesting has to do with wheel...
Forum: Hacks 08-19-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By leejosepho
As long as the wheel was straight, true and round...

As long as the wheel was straight, true and round before beforehand. The added tension (or lack of it) required to try to true a bent wheel has to be offset somewhere, and that just causes trouble...
Forum: Hacks 08-19-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,399
Posted By leejosepho
I just found this in relation to wheel lead:

I just found this in relation to wheel lead:
Forum: Hacks 08-19-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By leejosepho
The perception of "pushing" comes from adding in...

The perception of "pushing" comes from adding in the thought of wheel rotation -- half the spokes drive the wheel and half the spokes stop it -- but all spokes are always under tension, never...
Forum: Hacks 08-18-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,399
Posted By leejosepho
I likely have less than half of that much now...

I likely have less than half of that much now since I had been measuring over the length of the wheelbase. I first began (three years ago) with 1/4" toe-in over the length of the wheelbase, then...
Forum: Hacks 08-18-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,684
Posted By leejosepho
Same here with my wife at the bars, and never...

Same here with my wife at the bars, and never above second gear.
Forum: Hacks 08-18-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,451
Posted By leejosepho
Those manufacturers might be able to afford...

Those manufacturers might be able to afford ignoring the Nerdspeak, but all the nerdy details add up to quite a bit and cannot be ignored by anyone trying to power such a unit where no diesel...
Forum: Hacks 08-18-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,399
Posted By leejosepho
off-topic comment... Many thanks for this: ...

off-topic comment...

Many thanks for this:

I have only 3" lead, but a lot of toe-in for the sidecar wheel and now I know why the rear tire on the tug is getting the most wear by being pushed...
Forum: Hacks 07-23-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,421
Posted By leejosepho
Not necessarily. Bolting a sidecar to a tug does...

Not necessarily. Bolting a sidecar to a tug does not include welding on the tug's frame, and I was only speaking in-principle as to modifying the tug's front tubes in interference with a...
Forum: Hacks 07-22-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,421
Posted By leejosepho
As I understand things, DOT regulations say it is...

As I understand things, DOT regulations say it is not okay to weld to a vehicle frame since a failed weld could result in property damage, injury or death...and I suspect the same would apply here.
Forum: Hacks 07-15-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,980
Posted By leejosepho
Find a decent fabricator with the ability to bend...

Find a decent fabricator with the ability to bend tubing and you might find it cheaper to build your own custom rigs unlike any others...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=711538&page=2
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