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Old 09-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Cozy Rocket

Last winter, I installed a Cozy Rocket on my airhead BMW using a DMC subframe and 70 degree mounts. They also made an additional rear crossmember I welded in to work with their mounts as well as modify the Cozy front mount. To me, the mounting is solid and easy to adjust with essentially no flexing between the sidecar frame and the bike. At 200 lbs, no additional ballast is needed as I can't pick up the sidecar wheel using the "stand on the left peg, hold onto the handlebars and throw your weight away from the bike" rule of thumb.

I did change out the spring over shock on the sidecar with an extra Progressive model from my bike to soften the ride. Now the springing of the sidecar and the bike seem pretty similar and it's adjustable. Before, they could have had a solid bar instead of a shock and it wouldn't have ridden any worse. The passenger compartment is small though I installed the sidecar to be able to ride through the winter here in interior Alaska not to carry a passenger. After studding the tires and adding a silicone heat pad on the oil pan and battery, I used the rig as long as it was above -20F.

After fine tuning the alignment and balancing the sidecar wheel (it took 5 oz!) I've been using it daily and put on 5K miles on the rig including quite a few miles on gravel roads. No obvious problems. The welds and overall fit and finish seem fine.

The few times I see mention of Cozy within the Hacks forum, it's usually accompanied by something like "Shock , horror *shudder* , he/she used a Cosy".

Am I missing something obvious?

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Old 09-06-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Itvsounds like your doing everything right Richard I would just ignore a lot of what you read and just have fun
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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Am I missing something obvious?


A sense of humor ?

Did you miss the smilie ?


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Shock , horror *shudder* , he/she used a Cosy.



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Old 09-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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A sense of humor ?

Did you miss the smilie ?
For some reason the smile didn't survive the cut and paste. Didn't mean to single your comment out but it was convenient and has the general tone of what I've been told. But haven't heard why they have such a bad reputation on this and other forums. I'm planning a long trip next summer and wanted to try and find out what problems I may have with it.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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For some reason the smile didn't survive the cut and paste. Didn't mean to single your comment out but it was convenient and has the general tone of what I've been told. But haven't heard why they have such a bad reputation on this and other forums. I'm planning a long trip next summer and wanted to try and find out what problems I may have with it.


Try to look at it in a similar light as when people discuss mopar , ford or chevies. There will always be some who do not like one or the other and can regale you with their shortcomings.

Cosy's like most subject matters regarding sidecars have accumulated a lot of myth around them. What some fail to comprehend is that how they are mounted and then ridden plays a pivotal role ... as a certain globe trotting ural rider found out about his steed.

Wait till you buy a harley like I did ... it really pisses the know-all's right off when I have more derogatory jokes about harley's than they do .


Enjoy your ride and have fun.


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Old 09-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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Where you headed to Richard?
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #7
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Where you headed to Richard?
Kind of thinking about here to MN to southern CA and back.
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Are you going to use the ferry system?


I'm thinking Victoria Island and then the coast highway to SF
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:41 PM   #9
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Are you going to use the ferry system?


I'm thinking Victoria Island and then the coast highway to SF
No, probably the Cassiar, drop down into MT, east to MN, down to L.A., then north to AK.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:29 AM   #10
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Do it! Stop by when you're headed south on Hwy 1 from SF.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:25 AM   #11
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Last winter, I installed a Cozy Rocket on my airhead BMW using a DMC subframe and 70 degree mounts. They also made an additional rear crossmember I welded in to work with their mounts as well as modify the Cozy front mount. To me, the mounting is solid and easy to adjust with essentially no flexing between the sidecar frame and the bike. At 200 lbs, no additional ballast is needed as I can't pick up the sidecar wheel using the "stand on the left peg, hold onto the handlebars and throw your weight away from the bike" rule of thumb.

I did change out the spring over shock on the sidecar with an extra Progressive model from my bike to soften the ride. Now the springing of the sidecar and the bike seem pretty similar and it's adjustable. Before, they could have had a solid bar instead of a shock and it wouldn't have ridden any worse. The passenger compartment is small though I installed the sidecar to be able to ride through the winter here in interior Alaska not to carry a passenger. After studding the tires and adding a silicone heat pad on the oil pan and battery, I used the rig as long as it was above -20F.

After fine tuning the alignment and balancing the sidecar wheel (it took 5 oz!) I've been using it daily and put on 5K miles on the rig including quite a few miles on gravel roads. No obvious problems. The welds and overall fit and finish seem fine.

The few times I see mention of Cozy within the Hacks forum, it's usually accompanied by something like "Shock , horror *shudder* , he/she used a Cosy".

Am I missing something obvious?

I don't know anything about a Cozy but it looks like a nice little rig. People are always going to second guess you. I think its in our nature to do so. I just bought a Ural and you wouldn't believe the naysayers Ural owners have to put up with. Alot of it is in fun and you should treat it all that way. If the rig is safe and you like it "screw em". My Ural drives like a tractor and sounds like a Singer but I love it.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:45 AM   #12
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Star looking at Drones thread will explain allot or send me a PM I'll tell you my fun with those boys..I don't want to start a war on your thread....
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:10 AM   #13
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Rubber

The only bad thing I've heard about Cozy's is the large rubber bands they use as shock absorbers of the rear of the car.

The rubber tends to dry rot with age, so when the bands let go you'll have issues.

That wouldn't stop me from buying one if I liked it's other qualities & appearance. I'd just check the bands once in a while and maybe keep a few spares on hand.

Nice rig, BTW.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #14
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Heck, if you built it you can fix anything that needs it. Ride and enjoy. Go adopt a dog so you'll always have someone to ride with, and they never argue about where to eat.
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:41 PM   #15
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