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Old 05-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #1
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Yamaha FZ1 dual sport sidecar build

I have been working on a dual sport sidecar build for a little while and it is finally finished. I thought about just posting the finished project, but instead decided to share a few pictures a day to make it a little more interesting. First, a little background: I used to race KTMs in enduros, hare scrambles and (one) two day qualifier before an injury (not motorcycle related) left me a paraplegic. Since then I have owned a fairly large number of sidecars with my current one being a Suzuki Hayabusa with RDS Neptune sidecar from France (really love that thing!). Until about a year ago I also had a BMW F650GS with Ural sidecar for exploring dirt roads. The BMW was a blast but it lacked the speed and aggressiveness I desire, the steering hadn't been modified to reduce trail and I didn't like replacing the knobby tires so often. It was sold and the plan was hatched to build something that would meet my needs a little better. The bike I chose was a Yamaha FZ1. Not your typical choice for a dual sport motorcycle but I had previous experience with this model and liked its frame and the possibility of having fun throwing a little dirt with it. Other than looking at some really neat pictures of sidecar builds on this web site and some over the phone advice from my friend, Bill Ballou, the design and fabrication was done by me in my home garage with limited resources. I preface the proceeding sentence by saying that the modification of the bike's front and rear wheel was done by Bill at his machine shop up in Massachusetts (thanks Bill). I hope you guys enjoy the build series.

Suzuki Hayabusa with RDS Neptune sidecar from France.

If interested go to YouTube and type in "Hayabusa with sidecar" to see me having fun on some twisty roads in North Carolina. Notice: I do not want to hear any comments about the video's music or the fact that all three of us crossed the double yellow a bit. A friend did the video and chose the music and concerning the yellow line thing, we were just playing around and could always see throgh the corners if we were starightening them out a bit.

BMW F650GS with Ural sidecar on forest roads in the mountains of North Carolina.


The inspiration for may a project and the cause of wet dreams for off road sidecarists the world over.


Tomorrow's pictures will be the beginning of the build. Stay tuned!!!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:24 AM   #2
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Can't wait!

That 'Busa looks like loads of fun!
What's the second rig I presume that fine-lookin' lady was driving?
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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Hello MotoJ: No, Patti was riding in my sidecar. The second sidecar rig is a 87 Honda XL600R with a Sputnik sidecar and was being ridden by Robin and his wife Karin.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:55 PM   #4
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:49 AM   #5
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You're right about the wet dreams. I assume you mean hogwilds (is that his name?) bike. I wish. Is that your missus? More photo's please


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Waiting.
You're right about the wet dreams. I assume you mean hogwilds (is that his name?) bike. I wish. Is that your missus? More photo's please


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Yes, I was referring to hogwild's bike (it is amazing). And yes and no about the missus. Yes she was my missus until very recently but now I have to say no I am attaching a picture of her on her bike for you The bike is an 08 Concours with Hannigan's HP sidecar and she doesn't just pose on it, she rides the heck out of it.

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