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Old 01-01-2008, 05:48 PM   #136
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So what ya got in that car to make the monkey comfy? Air vents, music, cup holders, intercom to pilot? Seems a car like that would respond very well to creature comforts
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:05 PM   #137
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So what ya got in that car to make the monkey comfy? Air vents, music, cup holders, intercom to pilot? Seems a car like that would respond very well to creature comforts
All of the above :)

At one time, I had a stereo system in there that thumped and bumped to the point where it drained the battery flat in 5 minutes, a little bit of overkill.

The Hannigans came with built in vents, and the later ones came with evaporative ice A/C!

The seat reclines flat so the monkey can pass out (if he/she dares) .. it's also my mosquito-free motel room when i'm solo at motorcycle rallys.

Truth be told though, the sidecar rides empty 99% of the time.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:19 PM   #138
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Very cool
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:34 PM   #139
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Where do the front ends for these things come from? I see that most of the good ones have an earl's style fork, but obviously these are updated. I see them on a multitude of different bikes, as well, so who makes them?
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:48 PM   #140
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Where do the front ends for these things come from? I see that most of the good ones have an earl's style fork, but obviously these are updated. I see them on a multitude of different bikes, as well, so who makes them?
There are several manufacturers, ranging from expensive to obscenely expensive.

Unit Leading Link forks are probably the most numerous, and inexpensive at ~$2500.00 shipped to the USA, available for a select range of motorcycles - they are somewhat universal in design, but use shims to adapt to different size triple trees. http://www.unitsidecars.co.uk/


EZS - http://www.ezs-usa.com/ezs1.htm

EML - http://www.emlsidecar.com/

Lowell Neff - http://neffdesign.angelcities.com/aboutus.htm

There are also a number of small shops in Europe, usually French or German who do their own in-house LL design and fabrication for regional customers.

My Leading Link front end was self-fabricated, with technical assistance from a reputable machine shop to do some of the more critical pieces. A fair amount of people attempt to design and build their own front ends - from a cost standpoint, it makes sense - but you bloody well better know what you are doing engineering wise, considering the obvious critical safety aspect of getting it done right the first time
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:01 AM   #141
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Even though I don't own this anymore I guess I'm the only guy around with some good pictures of it so I'll post some.




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Old 01-02-2008, 05:18 PM   #142
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:34 PM   #143
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Even though I don't own this anymore I guess I'm the only guy around with some good pictures of it so I'll post some.


Hey Rick!

I guess I should shoot some pics in action.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:17 PM   #144
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There are several manufacturers, ranging from expensive to obscenely expensive.

Unit Leading Link forks are probably the most numerous, and inexpensive at ~$2500.00 shipped to the USA, available for a select range of motorcycles - they are somewhat universal in design, but use shims to adapt to different size triple trees. http://www.unitsidecars.co.uk/


EZS - http://www.ezs-usa.com/ezs1.htm

EML - http://www.emlsidecar.com/

Lowell Neff - http://neffdesign.angelcities.com/aboutus.htm

There are also a number of small shops in Europe, usually French or German who do their own in-house LL design and fabrication for regional customers.

My Leading Link front end was self-fabricated, with technical assistance from a reputable machine shop to do some of the more critical pieces. A fair amount of people attempt to design and build their own front ends - from a cost standpoint, it makes sense - but you bloody well better know what you are doing engineering wise, considering the obvious critical safety aspect of getting it done right the first time
Thanks a lot- great info
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:22 AM   #145
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Old German tech and new German tech.......the train will do 430+ kph, the poor old Chang only 120.

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:34 AM   #146
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Old German tech and new German tech.......the train will do 430+ kph, the poor old Chang only 120.

120 km? Not even if you found a tall enuf cliff to push it off of! Besides, take a look at the "suspension" and "brakes" on that bike.
Even if by some miracle the forks and shocks aren't bound up they only have about 1 1/2" of travel.

And the brake surface is maybe an inch wide with only a stamped steel hub to dissipate heat. My monkey gave me a fire extinguisher labeled "brake coolant" after we set fire to the paint on the hubs coming down out of the mountains!

100km is pushing the limits of reliability and safety for a Chang 80km is more realistic.

cool bikes for bopping around on, but 1930s technology and third world build quality, There is another thread where Ural owners are complaining that a hammer is not included with the tool kit. All of my Changs came with a blacksmiths hammer as standard issue, I shit you not!

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:53 AM   #147
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Hey Rick!

I guess I should shoot some pics in action.

DId you re-jig the seat?
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:48 PM   #148
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120 km? Not even if you found a tall enuf cliff to push it off of!

100km is pushing the limits of reliability and safety for a Chang 80km is more realistic.

As a Chang owner I daily push the limits of reliability and saftey. I drive it in China.
I've done 120km's per hour, just not for an hour. I've hooked up a more reliable speedo and been paced by an Audi. Of course I don't do that speed for hours just 30-60 seconds or so. I'm daft not suicidal.
Sure the stock brakes stink, since that photo I've switched out my wheels to alloy's, they have hubs that have over double the contact area for the wider shoes that I also fitted..... along with a Barnett cable that superseeds the elastic stock cable. They still suck.

Mine OHV will do 80 kph no ppoblem for extended time......I've even done stretches of freeway at 100.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:51 PM   #149
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All of my Changs came with a blacksmiths hammer as standard issue, I shit you not!
My tool kit actually contained two hammers.

In case one broke
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:26 PM   #150
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I was cruising around one day in a nearby town & spotted this.

I haven't seen it since. Love to talk to the owner.



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