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Old 04-26-2011, 06:03 PM   #1
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WUMPA - my DMC Dauntless 1150GS Adventure rig

Well, I guess we all deserve at least one "ego" thread here in HACKS. Here's mine. The sun came out today and, even though I'm not finished with the set up yet, I dragged my 1150/Dauntless rig out into the front yard for pics today and decided to post them up.




I got this rig last fall -- a 2004 1150GS Adventure with a DMC M72D sidecar. Spent the winter getting it ready for this summer's riding season (I'm a slow worker.) Between the tug and the tub I got about 70 mods here. My philosophy on farkling is that I want my bikes to perform, but I also want them to clean up nicely.

This is my first sidecar outfit.

Some of these mods cost over $1000 each (car pusher wheel, electric tilt, steering mod), and a bunch of them are so piddling as to hardly deserve mention. But I'm mentioning them anyway. Here goes--


BIKE MODS
ABS-Servo brake modulator removed
Ohlins shocks front & rear (springs painted matching red)
Centerline 4x15 "car pusher" rear wheel on DMC adapter
Vredstein Snow+ 155/80-R15 rear tire
Heidenau K60 Scout front tire
Lucas Alien front rotors
Ride-On tire sealant front & rear
DMC lower fork bridge (trail reducer)
Aeroflow Half-Fairing windshield
Corbin heated seat (also have stock red/black seat)
Happy Trail panniers and rack (powdercoated)
BestRest tail rack
Luminics 6000k 55w halogen low beam bulb
Hella Micro DE fog lights w/yellow 55w halogen bulbs
AdvMonster 3-mode 24w off-road LED driving lights (w/fog light cut-off)
VVME HID high beam conversion
Xpel headlight protection film
Signal Minder
Right side turn signals removed
Rugged Roads running light/brake light LED insert
Hella Supertone 2-tone horns w/Eastern Beaver relay kit
Odyssey PC680 battery
Filler neck drilled
Canisterectomy
Beemerboneyard fuel line quick-disconnects
Alternator cover carbon-fiber vinyl dress up
Exhaust headers ceramic coated
Y-pipe replacement for catalytic front muffler
Lowered rear muffler connector
Boosterplug
FZ-1 Fuzeblock
Kaoko throttle lock
HumVee "GS" graphics
Refinished valve covers
Refinished spark plug covers
Refinished front mud guard extension
Wunderlich yoke protector
Crossbar pad
Oversized rear brake pedal (my own lame design)
Creative Cycle Concepts shift lever extension
Fastway Evolution footpegs
Billet oil filler cap
Fenda Extenda
Bags Connection "GS" Quick-Lock Tankbag w/Zumo mount
Powerlet power socket (panel-mount) for GPS
Coaxial power socket for heated clothing
Genmar bar risers
Stainless mesh oil cooler screen
You might notice something missing from that list--the word "Touratech."


SIDECAR MODS
DMC electric tilt/trim
1150GS Adventure cross-spoke rear wheel
1150GS brake caliper and rotor
Heidenau K60 Scout rear tire
Ride-On tire sealant
1150GS tail light (matches the bike)
Rugged Roads running light/brake light LED insert
DMC turn signals modified to be running lights too
Southco locking trunk latch (w/steel latch plate)
Givi rear luggage rack (from a V46 tail case)
HumVee "GS" graphics
Custom marine-grade upholstery
Custom seat foam (Sargent "Super Cell Atomic Foam")
Wingbolt seatback mounts (see post 66)
Tonneau cover in matching red
Windshield with matching red apron
Windshield trim in matching red
Body edge trim in matching red
Red polypro step plate
Carpeting - trunk and passenger compartment
Stainless grab bar with BMW-style crossbar pad
Seat belt (guess what color?)
Power distribution plate (for future passenger accessories--heated clothing, GPS etc.--switched and unswitched leads)

Links to additional mods and info in this thread--
Front Shock Rebuild
Rear Shock Rebuild
Sintered Clutch
Dog Platform
Aux Fuel Bottle
Luggage
Sidecar Aux Power Supply
FZ-1 Fuzeblock (discussion starts about half way down this page)
Dual Battery Isolator
Pannier Lid Stay
Sidecar Seatback Mod
Sidecar Seat Foam
Y-Pipe Ceramic Coating
Backcountry pics

Total Weight of the Rig
34/11 Final Drive upgrade
How I pack for camping trips
Breakaway dog restraint
The Wreck in Wyoming

Pics--
















And here's one with the touring seat removed and the "dirt" seat in place, with my buddy Kirby looking on.




I've taken it for a few "shakedown" rides around town on pavement. As soon as I get a few more problem items taken care of, I'll do a dirt shakedown camping trip to make sure it's set up the way I want it.

A note on the lights. The way I got it set up, the yellow Hella fog lights automatically come on with the low beam. When I switch to high, the fogs and the low beam stay on and the HID high beam kicks in. Then I have another little switch that turns on the off-road lights and at the same time kills the fog lights. That way I'm quasi-legal by having only have 4 lamps lit at any one time. I say "quasi" because the HID lamp and the two LED lamps are way too bright to be D.O.T. approved.

BTW, I didn't just do farkles all winter. This rig was not in great shape when I got it. What you don't see here are all the things I fixed, replaced or updated because they were old or broken or missing. Happily, the engine, clutch, gearbox, final drive, starter, brakes, and all mechanicals are solid.

Any questions about part sourcing or anything else, post it here.

If you want to cut through all the clutter in this thread and only read my updates, get the ADV De-Crufter - HERE. Works great and it's free! There's also a Chrome version in another thread. Find it, get it, use it.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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that is ONE SEXY RIG
whew !!!!
beautiful
thanks for sharing
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:54 PM   #3
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Stupendous!

Great Job!!!!!! Wow, double-wow!
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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Pretty...and pretty Bitchin!
You've got good taste and some tasty details there!
Fantastic... lets see it dirty. What's on the agenda? Patagonia and back?
Damn, that is nice.



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Old 04-27-2011, 07:55 AM   #5
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Ach Du Lieber....beautiful. Finally WE see Drones rig after some posts here in the past. Mensch, this is a beautiful job; great innovation. I might even steal some ideas from you with your permission?

Where did you get these "red" edge trimmings?

Where is your Tub brake?

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:29 AM   #6
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Nice rig.The colors are bright and good looking.Good luck welcome to the world of hacking...
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:32 AM   #7
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Ach Du Lieber....beautiful. Finally WE see Drones rig after some posts here in the past. Mensch, this is a beautiful job; great innovation. I might even steal some ideas from you with your permission?

Where did you get these "red" edge trimmings?

Where is your Tub brake?

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Thanks, Abenteuerfahrer.

Ah, yes, the red trim. This stuff is abundantly available, but Googling it is next to impossible. You just can't find it! Even if you go to the J.C. Whitney website (where I found it) and search for it, you can't find it! Unless you know what to call it. HERE IT IS (clicky)! $27 for a 20-ft roll. Also comes in blue, gray, green, brown, aqua, and off-white.

The brake is mounted on the inside of the wheel. You can see the rotor in the "car pusher" pic above. The caliper is mounted at about 2 o'clock if looking at the tub from the right side.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:35 PM   #8
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AdvMonster 3-mode 24w off-road LED driving lights

I have seen these LED driving lights advertized, but have not heard any reports about how much light they throw out versus the small HID units that are available, or seen any photos showing the light they throw.

Are the current LED lights more for being seen by other drivers or do they actually thow out a beam that puts useful light on the road/trail?
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #9
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I have seen these LED driving lights advertized, but have not heard any reports about how much light they throw out versus the small HID units that are available, or seen any photos showing the light they throw.

Are the current LED lights more for being seen by other drivers or do they actually thow out a beam that puts useful light on the road/trail?
I'll try to take some comparison pics with my camera set to manual exposure one of these nights when it's not raining and post them up. But my seat of the pants impression is that you can believe what you read in the AdvMonster thread. These things rock! My HID high beam is only 35 watts but is still much much brighter than the stock 55w halogen H1. Then when I turn on the LED's, the HID gets completely washed out. If the HID was to burn out one night in the backcountry, it would have no effect on my ability to see. What's more, AdvMonster has phased out the 3-bulb lamps like what I got and replaced them with a 4-bulb lamp. 33% more light? Yikes!

Of course, I'm no Baja racer. At night, I take it easy. My night vision and my reaction time is not what it was when I was 20. So I don't really need any more light than this, and you could argue pretty convincingly that even this is quite a bit more than what I need.

As for the see-or-be-seen thing, the LED bulbs have three levels (high-medium-low) and for daytime driving the low level is as much as you'd want to use for conspicuity. On low, they are really bright. At night, if there was a car anywhere in sight, I'd turn them off completely--too bright at any intensity.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:33 AM   #10
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Hey buddy
What flea market did you get that at??.I may have to make run there soon.
PS.. See you in Chelan ???
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:35 AM   #11
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:47 AM   #12
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Way Cool - Vredstein?

Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
Mikepa emerges from Gobi Desert or whatever far off place he's been just to comment on my thread! Too cool for words!

Mike, the 165's are more available than the 155's and there was a recent thread that talked about sources -- here. Seems like Vredestein does a production run once a year and fills North American orders in the Fall.

Now, if you are headed back to Shangrila or wherever, and want to take a 155 with you, I got an extra I can let you have (it's a fresh one). I won't need it until the end of this riding season which means I could order a new one in the Fall to replace it with.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:43 PM   #14
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Now, if you are headed back to Shangrila or wherever, and want to take a 155 with you, I got an extra I can let you have (it's a fresh one). I won't need it until the end of this riding season which means I could order a new one in the Fall to replace it with.
Your offer is way too kind, why I love this commuity (especially the Hack-ers)!

Actually, I have 3 spare 165R15 BFG's (for the pusher and tub) and 2 spare 135R15 Nankang's for the front, but the BFG's are not that great in the wet and mud, and the Nankang's just make me nervous. Would just like better-quality M+S-rated shoes all around, but sources are limited here in the USofA as we all know.

Am heading over on 24 April with my lovely bride to pick up the rig I have stored in Heidelberg (my R1200/EZS road hack) and ride Europe for a few weeks. The guy I store my rig with (Stefan Knopf, check him out at http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Hello.html) is pretty resourceful, totally into bikes and hacks, and ships a couple of containers of bikes and stuff across the pond every year. I'm going to see if he can find hack tires for me in Europe, and if so, will have him stuff some in one of his containers.

Anyway, gracias for the very kind offer, but I'm good to go.

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Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
Hello Mike...try Clicking here:


http://www.vredestein.com/Dealerlocator

or go to:

http://www.vredestein.com/

and find the dealer locator . It is global
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