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Old 07-06-2011, 05:54 AM   #1
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Sidecar with flush deck?

Hi Guys,

I'm pondering a side car with a flush deck, tool box, and rack for lumber.

I'm a boat builder, and thinking it might not save any cash on gas... but would be a fun way to get to work sites.

Have you guys seen anything like that? I recall seeing pictures a few years ago of a bike with a truck bed tool box for a sidecar.

Any ideas on how to carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood? (Probably asking to much... )

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:26 AM   #2
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I used to work with a fellow that was a carpenter and used a truck tool box on a homemade frame. He traveled all over the state with this rig. I saw him carry a air compressor and a chop saw as well as 2 ladders on one job. I dont have any pics but it was something like this:


He just strapped a ladder to the top and even had a small rack for lumber. 4x8 sheets of plywood? It could be done but God help you on a windy day.

I kind of like this Sputnik utility car, Less the smelly goat:

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:31 AM   #3
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Actually, I think it would be a great way to get around. I have seen a few sidecars with a "flat deck" in place of the tub. Also, the last time I was tooling around Australia, I saw a few with a deck that was about as long as the bike and they had steel pipes standing up on the car on the bike side. they had a couple of sheets of plywood strapped to it. I don't think that is all that safe for any distance, due to it just being a huge sail, but apparently they do it.

I don't have any photos, but have seen a few people around that have a small flat deck the put on instead of the tub. Maybe 3 feet by 6 feet, with 6 to 12 inch sides to stop stuff from sliding off. It makes a lot of sense.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Two pipes that slid into receivers in the deck that were tall as the plywood you were hauling would allow you to strap or clamp the wood. You could also use shorter pipes with hangers for your ladders.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:15 AM   #5
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Stack the plywood on edge between the bike and hack and strap it to some uprights.

Then pray there is no cross wind with that much windage
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:37 AM   #6
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Cool! I'm not as nuts as I thought I was...

I'm thinking a GL1500 but want to ask if the frame is strong enough for stupid loading.

Also, how fast does a side car come off?

Thanks,

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Old 07-06-2011, 01:39 PM   #7
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:12 PM   #8
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Hi Guys,

I'm pondering a side car with a flush deck, tool box, and rack for lumber.

I'm a boat builder, and thinking it might not save any cash on gas... but would be a fun way to get to work sites.

Have you guys seen anything like that? I recall seeing pictures a few years ago of a bike with a truck bed tool box for a sidecar.

Any ideas on how to carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood? (Probably asking to much... )

Cheers,

Zach
Is this what you're talking about?



I also have another platform for when I go to the dump. It takes about 10 minutes to change them.



You could probably weld up something for 4'x8' sheets of plywood.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:12 PM   #9
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I built my own. have a nose http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=680239 please let me know if you need any more info.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:39 PM   #10
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Cool! I'm not as nuts as I thought I was...

I'm thinking a GL1500 but want to ask if the frame is strong enough for stupid loading.

Also, how fast does a side car come off?

Thanks,

Zach
Some of us have hauled impressive loads weight wise with Urals, but remember that's what they were built for. Contemporary bikes were never intended to handle the stresses that a sidecar will subject them to. The sidecar manufacturer should be able to advise you what is safe.

Approximately 700 lbs of welding equipment, tools, and steel stock in my Ural.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:09 PM   #11
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I've taken my Chang "on the job", I'm a boat builder too. I have a regular car on my rig, but fire my tool bag in the car, and skilsaw, router, powerplane, power blockplane, cordless drills, etc. The trunk is quite spacious. That being said, a utility type car would be superior.

Here's a pic a fellow posted on the MTFCA (model t forum) from Denmark. It's a Nimbus bike (if I remember right), powered by a woodgasifier, save those off cuts and sawdust - drive for free! Super cool.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #12
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I took this



and turned it into this.



Less than 30 minutes I can have it look like this.



Five bolts and a trailer electrical plug and it looks like this.



Pretty sure I wouldn't want to haul a 4X8 sheet of plywood on it though.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:19 PM   #13
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Nice rigs!

I did some thinking about the vertical storage, while driving over one of the high rise bridges around here. It may not be a big deal, but I don't know how much it would blow the rig out of the lane.

Would it be nuts to have a 4 foot wide flat deck between the bike and the wheel. I'm pondering a slot at the frame height with the box over it.


Or perhaps a slot above the wheel canting the plywood at an angle that clears the top of the tire so it could be loaded from the side sort of into/under a wedge shaped box.

I like the Ural's, but I've been hankering for a Goldwing. I missed out on test riding a ural in the snow a few years ago, no helmet with me when I was offered! I also have an old VW bus, which talks me out of the Ural as it also prescribes to the dog miles/drive it as many hours as you work on it theory.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:35 PM   #14
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I've hauled some odd things on a sidecar. I've been known to remove the tub and put a flat plywood deck on to haul things. I've also hauled 16' lumber and firewood. With a 12' Canoe on the Coast Hwy winds were a challenge.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:37 PM   #15
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