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Old 08-31-2013, 11:26 AM   #571
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Ned - I also just switched to the K-60 (all three corners) and was immediately impressed! I'd tried Tourance up front before, but only got 5k out of it. Tried Anakee II next and it was bald in 3500 miles! On the run to Oregon I used an ME880 on the front and while it still had tread left after 8800 miles its ability to initiate a turn on dirt or gravel was marginal at best.

Fall is coming up here in New England and with it my need for traction on the back roads gets bumped up a notch or two. So I decided to try the Heidies in the standard GSA sizes. My impressions:

Rear and Hack 150-70/17: The continuous center strip will probably result in decent life, but it also has much less grip on curvy dirt roads. Since I like power slides that's not a bad thing, but it did take me by surprise the first couple of times. After a few hours practicing my new found ability to slide, it's actually kinda fun. But my bet is that strip will severely impact my traction in mud and snow.

Front 110-90/19: I really like this tire! It grips in the dirt even when the rear has broken loose. It's just a tad squirrelly on pavement, but our roads are so bad anyway that it really doesn't matter. Others have complained that they howl at 70mph, but I didn't notice it today while slabbing at 80. The truly surprising thing was this tire has completely eliminated the low speed headshake on my rig, and steering up to about 60mph is easier!

I experimented with various tire pressures on the Tourance, Anakee II and ME880s but never completely eliminated the shake. The 880 required a lot more steering effort than the other two even when brand new, possibly because it was a 120-80/19. But the Heidi was steady from the start, and steering is far more nimble than I've experienced since starting the hack thing 44,000 miles ago. If they wear well I might just have discovered my new fave!
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:35 PM   #572
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get well !

Just took the R1150GS on her first trip from the house.

Got Thurs. worked on a few things. The first 2 miles down the road was fine. Carrying 100 lbs of sand. Was going to make a right turn and I forgot to steer and it went left fast. Learned a lesson and there is a sticker on the the windshild in bold letters STEER .

I have the same set up as you .. what did you do with the abs. Did you leave it on. I felt the side braking and it was pulling right. I guess I will get use to it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:42 PM   #573
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Many years ago I had a Dymo label maker and but COUNTERSTEER on the top clamp.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #574
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Just took the R1150GS on her first trip from the house.

Got Thurs. worked on a few things. The first 2 miles down the road was fine. Carrying 100 lbs of sand. Was going to make a right turn and I forgot to steer and it went left fast. Learned a lesson and there is a sticker on the the windshild in bold letters STEER .

I have the same set up as you .. what did you do with the abs. Did you leave it on. I felt the side braking and it was pulling right. I guess I will get use to it.
Crawl then walk then trot then run. It'll come.

No ABS. Brakes are conventional. Completely removed the ABS modulator.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:39 PM   #575
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i've just returned to the forum after some time
i just read of your mishap
YOUR RIG was one of the main reasons i got mine
everyone here knows that

so...
i'm sorry about your crash
i'm thankful you were not hurt more seriously
i'm happy your shared this with us, but sorry you had to, obviously

i'm just now trying to ingest and digest all that you've written here, my friend
in disbelief, quite frankly
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:41 PM   #576
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Crawl then walk then trot then run. It'll come.

No ABS. Brakes are conventional. Completely removed the ABS modulator.
please keep us informed with more updates such as these
thanking you in advance
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:06 PM   #577
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Oh My GAWD!! He's B-A-A-A-C-K!!!!

Welcome back, Doc!

I thought maybe you'd decided to emulate your daughter and take up paddling full time--



That's you kneeling in the Stroke position, yes?
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:14 PM   #578
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where'd you get that picture of my family?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:54 PM   #579
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wiring battery

I sat looking at the car this evening figuring how to wire a 2nd battery into the back of the car. Like you I carry a cpap when camping. I think I will use a dual switch. Do you run the connecting wiring directly to the existing battery or do you a different frame ground and just run the hot ?
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:31 PM   #580
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I sat looking at the car this evening figuring how to wire a 2nd battery into the back of the car. Like you I carry a cpap when camping. I think I will use a dual switch. Do you run the connecting wiring directly to the existing battery or do you a different frame ground and just run the hot ?
I just have the one main battery. I'll send you a PM explaining my CPAP setup.

There are lots of threads discussing CPAP setups--try one of these.

Also lots of threads discuss dual batteries and isolators--here.

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Old 09-01-2013, 06:50 PM   #581
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I just have the one main battery. I'll send you a PM explaining my CPAP setup.

There are lots of threads discussing CPAP setups--try one of these.

Also lots of threads discuss dual batteries and isolators--here.
In 3 days of driving , I can tell the sidecar shock is really soft. What shock were you running
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #582
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In 3 days of driving , I can tell the sidecar shock is really soft. What shock were you running
It should have a rocker linkage and you should be able to lengthen or shorten an arm to increase preload pressure, they all use Performance shocks (inexpensive) Any head shake on your rig ? DB
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:22 PM   #583
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It should have a rocker linkage and you should be able to lengthen or shorten an arm to increase preload pressure, they all use Performance shocks (inexpensive) Any head shake on your rig ? DB
got the rig up to 65mph and ran pretty straigh. I can make u - turns really ez thanks to the new front end mods. Just going over bumps I can feel the car dip. Like to stiffen the shock.

Think sway bar also.. since most of roads here have holes in them.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #584
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Drones trip and the size of the world !

I was sitting in a cafe in Frontenac MN when a older gentlemen came in after looking my sidecar and dog over.He was retired and lived in multiple states.His son in Seatle may have made him a slide show and or video of Drones trip complete with almost tragic ending.I found Drones youtube postings and it wasn't there so I suspect another inmate assembled and posted it.He was really enthused thought everyone who owned a BMW sidecar rig and a dog must be related, Drone your at least a national personality.DB
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:03 AM   #585
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He was really enthused thought everyone who owned a BMW sidecar rig and a dog must be related,
We're not..?

When I met Burt in WI and Duncan in WA I immediately noticed a strong family resemblance
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