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Old 01-30-2014, 06:30 AM   #1
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Presenting my R1150GSA Overland Express Sidecar

Hi, I am new on this ADV Rider Forum, though riding Boxers for years on Pan-European and some Asia trips....dreamed about hacks for years. In 2012 I finally got my first one, a ex-Dutch Police sidecar from 1975. I restored it to Original appearance and it became this.


But when it was finished I suddenly realised I did not make the long distance travel hack I originally intended to make as circumstances decided I restored the tatty hack I purchased to the Original Police Specification.
So, then got my mind set on transforming my R100GS to a sidecar...but talking with XYZ...they said it is not powerful enough to pull a loaden side to China unless doing lots of downgearing, etc...so the pointers were pointing me to the R1150GSA. Indeed when looking to the GSA it got lots of good things like a bulletproof engine, short 1st and long 6th, etc...
So bought such horse, did some work on it like renewing the clutch and then brought it to Dutch Custom Sidecar Builder LBS Sidecars. The result looks like a vehicle from the Mad Max Movie with Mel Gibson. The boot is a ROX from STERN Germany. The ROX is normally used for high speed hacks, but it was enveloped with a special caging and spare wheel rack. It lookes now dramatic and adventurous. Against all odds used the standard wire spoke BMW R1150GSA wheel on the rear and for the side, but put car tires on there. In the front, the 17inch rear rim was spoked into the front rotor on their a Fat Heavy Duty Heidenau Enduro. This provides good ground clearance and with the round tire on the front crisp steering. Suspension all around is the best of the best ÖHLINS Suspension Technology. Further there is a WARN USA Winch mounted (not on the photo) and lots of invisible things are integrated. The Tank is the TT Fat horse Tank containing 43 liters. So thats in a nutshell. Will take the side to Nepal either in 2015 or 2016. I am pleased with the resut and last but not least the vehicle was tested and homologated as European classification L4e Vehicle by the Dutch National Centre for Vehicle testing.
LBS Sidecars and myself invented a name for this "Adventure Overland Express" Sidecar, guess these 3 words describe what this vehicle represents.




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Old 01-30-2014, 06:58 AM   #2
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WOW...fantastic looking rig!
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:21 AM   #3
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Great looking well sorted rig, I hope you are able to take a long trip with it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:49 AM   #4
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Beautiful!
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:58 AM   #5
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Very nice!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:15 AM   #6
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Now I think I may have seen these 2 awesome machines somewhere before

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Old 01-30-2014, 09:40 AM   #7
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Fabulous! If money was not an issue, that there is my dream rig!

Your choice for front wheel/tire is perfect. For both paved and non-paved surfaces, the 150/70-17 K60 on a leading link suspension should provide optimal handling. Much better than a car tire. Only thing better would be the Scout in the 150/70-18 size mounted to a KTM 990 rear wheel, but that wheel would look wrong on the 1150GSA, so you definitely got it right.

On the other two tires, I'm not sure I understand--did you say you mounted car tires directly onto the BMW wheels? I've never heard of anybody successfully mounting car tires to a 17" GS wheel. Is that what you did? Or did you lace up some spoked car rims to the BMW hubs? What tires did you use? Size?


Note to Claude: He put a K60 Rear on his LL's--great minds obviously DO think alike!
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:01 AM   #8
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Great looking units !

And, I just check my $1.00 PowerBall ticket but only got one number. So I’ll have to wait to get one.

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Old 01-30-2014, 03:50 PM   #9
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Wow.

Bravo! That's a gorgeous build. I hope you take it on many adventures.

I agree about the Mad Max vibe. Very effective. Btw, the police rig came out nice too.

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Old 01-31-2014, 01:54 AM   #10
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This looks kinda familiar, I think I may have seen it before...


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Old 01-31-2014, 03:42 AM   #11
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WOW what a look….beautiful

You certainly nailed the ''let's travel'' look.

Outstanding build!!!
You really have something to be proud of for a long time where ever you go.

Hint, if you really want ''mad max'' you'll need rusty parts & pennants of duct tape flapping in the wind.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:33 AM   #12
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WOW! Did I say wow? That is one beautiful rig. I know the adventure variety is about function and durability but I love the way the lines compliment each other. That one's a real eye pleaser.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:26 AM   #13
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:49 AM   #14
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This looks kinda familiar, I think I may have seen it before...


Welcome Proton!
Well, yeah, but this one is one-wheel drive. And has a motorcycle wheel on the front.

"Imitation is the sincerest of flattery."

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Old 02-01-2014, 12:37 AM   #15
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Well, yeah, but this one is one-wheel drive. And has a motorcycle wheel on the front.

"Imitation is the sincerest of flattery."


Hellracer ( and I ) mean we've followed the complete build of both hacks on the Dutch motorforum.nl and know PROTON1 from all our comments overthere
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