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Old 10-02-2013, 09:57 AM   #616
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JEEBUS!!!

That's fantastic!!!

Exactly the design I had in mind (well, I had thought to weld the damn thing onto the underside, but if bolting it works without interfering with the fender mount, hurrah!)

Claude -- you da man!

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Okay folks here is what we have decided to do at Freedom Sidecars L.L.C. in light of this thread. First off I do not feel that there is any real issues with the trail reducers as they are. I think the issue described herein was due to a trail reducer loosening up and not being detected. Regardless of that it became an issue that potentially could have created much more serious ramifications than we have seen described.
Let me say this: We have had outfits we have built do Trips to Alaska, Labrador, Terra Del Fuego and Africa with no issues related to the trail reducer at all. Our policy has always been to observe what could be potential shortcoming and go the extra mile to make things better even if it may not required. Again, I am in no way stating that our or anyone else's trail reducer is defective of under par in design but only saying lets go a step farther. Frankly I need to sleep at night and we want peace of mind in the same fashion from those who purchase from us at Freedom Sidecars (C Stanley Motorsports) which is much more important that any stupid profit and loss statement. If you are worried at all that does not let me feel good either...so...
Our trail reducers moving forward will have a steel threaded sleeve inserted into them from the bottom up which will be threaded to receive the ball joint. The shape will be kind of like a top hat turned upside down and the brim of the hat will be bolted to the bottom of the trail reducer to prevent any turning. So, steel ball joint threads will be run into a secured steel threaded sleeve. If anyone who presently has one of our trail reducers wishes to have it retrofitted in this fashion that can be done. Give me a call if you want to do that. This will be done at no charge except shipping and handling. If we do it here we will charge labor however.
Again we feel strongly that this is an overkill improvement on an already good design and are offering it as a standard on all new trail reducers for the 1150 and 1200 GS models and as an act of good will are open to retro fitting the old ones if anyone desires we do so.
No pictures yet but I think all will get the idea.
By the way we are in the middle of doing a leading link which will eliminate the telelever all together and provide a means to run the same tire and wheel combo all around on the 1200 models. On the 1150 models a Stroker wheel on the rear would be required but the sidecar and front wheel can be the same still with all matching tires if desired.
Please take this in the right context. I am not casting blame on any of our or anyone else's product we are only making an attempt to up the bar a little for the good of all who may have concerns even though they are, IMHO unfounded.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:51 AM   #617
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Aye... Fantastic Claude...very generous of you. This will be immensely strong and secure; Panzer Stark !...

Man, you're making me want to come back to Hacking.....damn the SWMBO .

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Old 10-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #618
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Aye... Fantastic Claude...very generous of you. This will be immensely strong and secure; Panzer Stark !...

Man, you're making me want to come back to Hacking.....damn the SWMBO .

cheers...
Come on back my friend you are missed. Glad to see you posting here again. By the way Ya may want to delete the last part of your last sentence Elmer or you may be deleted by the SWMBO lol.

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Old 10-02-2013, 11:26 AM   #619
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Howdy Claude,

What you are offering in the way of new trailer reduction fitting is in one word, FANTASTIC. It will not only be STRONG but could also be tailored to lenght so that what ever drop of the front end was the result of the trailer reducer could be made up for in the lenght of the upside down top hat fitting. Your offer to retrofit your older design to the new design at no cost other then shipping to your past customers is an example of true customer service above and beyond what is expected nowadays, my hat is off to you Sir.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:42 PM   #620
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Why don't you take another path? Buy a NOS Triumph Tiger 1050? There is a brand new 2010 one in the Seattle area for around $9,000. Get a subframe from Jay at DMC and install the chair you have. Lots of ponies and a very fine engine. May not get you down all the gravel trails you're accustomed to, but who knows? Maybe it will!

I love BMW's, heck I have owned three of them. But sometimes think that they are over rated. Heck even a newer DL1000 would work and allow you to get on gravel.

I'm guessing you will only be able to do this one more time before SWMBO sticks a trowel in your hand and points toward the flower garden. So why not try something new and radical and have fun with it?
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Even though I'm currently loathing you, you've had a V-Strom before, gearing is infinetly adjustable,even Claude thought this was a great tug and it's got eveything and more.
http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/mcy/3958965947.html

Blue's my favorite color and then Jay could help you with all Claudes shoddy work
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:50 AM   #621
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Feelin' sad

There she goes -- off to the breakers!




Swapped out the rear DMC car wheel and adapter, swapped out the Ohlins front and rear, seat got totaled and so did the panniers, so all that's left for the salvage yard is what you see here.

Still haven't decided what to do with the sidecar. Or, for that matter, what to do with my life.

Sad end to a bike that gave me a lot of good times.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:55 AM   #622
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Oh no!! I'd hoped it would be salvageable, alas...

do you know if you'll be starting a new rig, or holding off for a while?
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:28 PM   #623
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Condolences

Even your nemesis thought it was one of the nicest turned out rigs anywhere, it s sad seeing it like that, and hard to believe it's the end of the story.

Your not that far from here and you could change what you didn't like about the last one.DB
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:35 PM   #624
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Yes, very sad indeed.



Now did I hear someone mention farkles for sale
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:55 PM   #625
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Very sad indeed, Ned,......but believe me in good time you'll be itchin' for another Hacking jaunt come spring .

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Old 10-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #626
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That was a great looking rig and I always enjoyed your ride reports.
You & Kirby are part of the reason I got a GS rig. I hope you get another rig and we can go for a ride together
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:26 PM   #627
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Very Sad day. Almost wish you hadn't posted.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:55 PM   #628
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It's in Spokane for the love of dog !
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #629
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This guy in Seattle was looking for a sidecar for his GS. Will yours fit?
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcy/4095135317.html
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:35 PM   #630
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This guy in Seattle was looking for a sidecar for his GS. Will yours fit?
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcy/4095135317.html
Sorry for getting ahead of you, Ned. ....YES, Neds sidecar would fit with modifications to the subframe since it's a 2007 GS. Jay can do these mods in a jiffy!

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