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Old 01-11-2012, 10:01 AM   #121
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Bought this a couple of months ago. Drove it the 260 miles (that's a long way here in the UK) home having never been on one before.

Got it on ebay for around £1300. Everything is good at the moment only needed to replace the rear shock, which made the ride home really interesting and one bolt in the hack linkage, which was worn because it wasn't the right one and give it a good service.

I have a few plans to lighten the steering and give it a little more ground clearence for trailing round the local byways (tracks). I'll probably give it a lick of paint too and maybe add some metal to the hack chassis to strengthen things up a little.

We've done 600 miles with it now and loving it. The dog simply silps down to the bottom when it gets windy and the other half is demanding I get on with the steering mods so she can give it a go on the road.



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Old 01-11-2012, 10:47 AM   #122
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Why do cats like to pee in sidecars?

I believe the tonneau cover primary design function had nothing to do with keeping the inside of the car weatherproof, it was to keep cats out.
I don't know if you are right, but I do know that my ex's cat liked my old rig.
She would hop in and stare at me as if to say, "Lets go already!"...



My total investment in that rig is hard to quantify, as it continuously morphed over the years...

It started out with a HitchHiker sidecar that was originally purchased for about $800 for my R75/6, was transferred to a ratty R75/7 for about two years, and then finally was mated to the 1982 R100RT which I bought used in 1997 for around $2,500.



I eventually upgraded the homemade subframe to a Dauntless built unit that was bought used for $375, a lower ratio final drive for $325 (offset by selling the original unit), Upper and lower fork bracing, and adding a reverse gear transmission built by Motoren Israel in Germany which set me back nearly $3,000 but really helped with my bad knees!
Then I met a woman who was crazy enough to want to ride through the winter with me, so I upgraded the sidecar to a nice condition barely used Escort chair found through Craigslist for $2,800 (minus the $600 that I got for selling the Suzuki subframe later).
I also managed to sell the HitchHiker sidecar for $1,500 after having used it for 13 years on three different tugs...



I also did some other upgrades over the years on the rig, including a complete set of stainless steel fasteners on the bike to deal with winter road salt. Upgrading the charging system (that one only cost me the time to evaluate the system & write the installation manual for the person developing the system). Stainless brake lines, and other minor things.

Of course, it probably doesn't include everything, but according to my Quicken asset account ledger, I had about $9,350 invested in that rig before I put it up for sale.
It sold through eBay for $9,500 in October 2008, and after the $100 listing fee, I actually ended up to the good by $50 after owning the bike/rig for 11 years!
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:33 AM   #123
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The current rig was a bit more pricey, but not much less storied in it's development, with more to come...
And since I don't own a car/truck I could justify investing a bit more since it is my year-round vehicle.
(although, I did have to sell several several vehicles to finance the build.)



I found the bike through an eBay auction.
Someone had low-sided and slid it into a guard rail, doing a fair bit of damage, lncluding tweaking the fairing mounts and breaking a chunk out of the rear wheel. But it was low mileage (under 9k), and I have more time than money, so I took it on.
I picked up the remains for $8,000, plus $500 to ship it to me from NY.



I spent about $1,200 in parts/accesories putting the bike back together, including doing a custom car-tire conversion for the rear wheel.
I was able to save the fairing mount by using large machinist calipers to mearsure it as I used come-alongs to pull it back into alignment.

And I just lived with some of the scuffed bodywork and metal bits... Even showing a bit of humor about it by placing a cartoon character band-aide over the scuffs on one of the saddlebags when I took it for a long test-ride out to the Badlands.

And yes, that IS a car tire on the back of that bike. Ridden as a two-wheeler through the curves of the Black Hills, and the gravel and muddy back entrance to Badlands National Park.
It worked great!!!

For the sidecar, I sold the motorhome that I had been living/traveling in and splurged on the biggest model that Hannigan offers; the LT.
Adding in some extras like the "open concept" windshield, wide seat, seat heater, and two-tone paint upped the price to $9,500 installed.



I have done several 3-6 week trips with the rig already, sleeping in the sidecar most days. Either with the top down if it is raining, or with a bug net canopy on the warmer nights.



So for a total investment just over $19,000 I have a rig that handles great, gets decent fuel economy when I am just cruising along, can fly down the interstate effortlessly when needed, and can serve as my camper/RV when I travel.
Yeah, it is about what I originally paid for my motorhome (used), but getting 30-35mpg vs. 6-8mpg and paying half as much for insurance and other costs adds up fast.

Besides, the sidecar is so much more FUN to ride, and you are out in the fresh air and interacting with nature and other people.
When I traveled in the RV I felt insulated and isolated from my surroundings. And it was just too easy to stay cooped up inside and veggitate.
Traveling on the sidecar has been SO much better for me physically and emotionally!
And I still have someplace to escape to temporarily if needed...
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:34 AM   #124
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Bought this a couple of months ago. Drove it the 260 miles (that's a long way here in the UK) home having never been on one before.

Got it on ebay for around £1300. Everything is good at the moment only needed to replace the rear shock, which made the ride home really interesting and one bolt in the hack linkage, which was worn because it wasn't the right one and give it a good service.

I have a few plans to lighten the steering and give it a little more ground clearence for trailing round the local byways (tracks). I'll probably give it a lick of paint too and maybe add some metal to the hack chassis to strengthen things up a little.

We've done 600 miles with it now and loving it. The dog simply silps down to the bottom when it gets windy and the other half is demanding I get on with the steering mods so she can give it a go on the road.



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Try not to make the paint finish too good, or you'll spoil it!

Great bargain outfit. Love it!
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:38 PM   #125
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Road worthy, taxed and MOT'd, three new tyres, runner, great fun, £999, plus £21 for a screen (ebay) and £25 for leg guards fitted -
total cost £1045.

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:19 PM   #126
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I don't know if you are right, but I do know that my ex's cat liked my old rig.
She would hop in and stare at me as if to say, "Lets go already!"...




Hmmm, mine does the same.

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:38 AM   #127
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The current rig was a bit more pricey, but not much less storied in it's development, with more to come...
And since I don't own a car/truck I could justify investing a bit more since it is my year-round vehicle.
(although, I did have to sell several several vehicles to finance the build.)



I found the bike through an eBay auction.
Someone had low-sided and slid it into a guard rail, doing a fair bit of damage, lncluding tweaking the fairing mounts and breaking a chunk out of the rear wheel. But it was low mileage (under 9k), and I have more time than money, so I took it on.
I picked up the remains for $8,000, plus $500 to ship it to me from NY.



I spent about $1,200 in parts/accesories putting the bike back together, including doing a custom car-tire conversion for the rear wheel.
I was able to save the fairing mount by using large machinist calipers to mearsure it as I used come-alongs to pull it back into alignment.

And I just lived with some of the scuffed bodywork and metal bits... Even showing a bit of humor about it by placing a cartoon character band-aide over the scuffs on one of the saddlebags when I took it for a long test-ride out to the Badlands.

And yes, that IS a car tire on the back of that bike. Ridden as a two-wheeler through the curves of the Black Hills, and the gravel and muddy back entrance to Badlands National Park.
It worked great!!!

For the sidecar, I sold the motorhome that I had been living/traveling in and splurged on the biggest model that Hannigan offers; the LT.
Adding in some extras like the "open concept" windshield, wide seat, seat heater, and two-tone paint upped the price to $9,500 installed.



I have done several 3-6 week trips with the rig already, sleeping in the sidecar most days. Either with the top down if it is raining, or with a bug net canopy on the warmer nights.



So for a total investment just over $19,000 I have a rig that handles great, gets decent fuel economy when I am just cruising along, can fly down the interstate effortlessly when needed, and can serve as my camper/RV when I travel.
Yeah, it is about what I originally paid for my motorhome (used), but getting 30-35mpg vs. 6-8mpg and paying half as much for insurance and other costs adds up fast.

Besides, the sidecar is so much more FUN to ride, and you are out in the fresh air and interacting with nature and other people.
When I traveled in the RV I felt insulated and isolated from my surroundings. And it was just too easy to stay cooped up inside and veggitate.
Traveling on the sidecar has been SO much better for me physically and emotionally!
And I still have someplace to escape to temporarily if needed...
Although I have a little more invested, I have the same Hannigan and really like it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:31 PM   #128
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8,900 ebay. Boring by some of the rigs I see here,, but it's mine! 83 shovel and cali car. Electric lean, which I am excited about.
I will take pics of the one I am building for the wife and post them later. 98 heritage with a liberty car.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:09 PM   #129
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #130
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Razerface--welcome to ADV! Nice first post. Though a Harley is not much of an adventure rig, it sure looks good in that pic! I'd rather take that outfit cross-country than mine. Looks nice and comfortable.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #131
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8,900 ebay. Boring by some of the rigs I see here,, but it's mine! 83 shovel and cali car. Electric lean, which I am excited about.
I will take pics of the one I am building for the wife and post them later. 98 heritage with a liberty car.
Welcome .

Boring ? , not likely .
Don't let the nay sayers put you off , that'll do just fine for adventures .
My current rig ,




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Old 01-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #132
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Welcome .

Boring ? , not likely .
Don't let the nay sayers put you off , that'll do just fine for adventures .
My current rig ,




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What kind of tub do you have there?
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:24 PM   #133
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So far about $2,400 including the bike,and it's almost done so maybe another $100.00.

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What kind of tub do you have there?

One I made .

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Very nice. I dig it.
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