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Old 11-11-2011, 06:49 AM   #16
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Is that a Mille GT? That outfit looks very much like one I saw in an ad for sale about five years ago. Same color, same fairing, same car. It was a few hundred miles away, but I seriously considered buying it, when I happened to spot a 1000SP for sale not 40 miles away from me. No chair, but the close proximity made the sale. And it didn't hurt that the SP was a beauty.

That Hedingham SS had caught me, however, and I tried for quite a while to find one. I looked everywhere seems like. (it was simply too expensive for me to import one)

In the end, I settled on my Hannigan Classic. But the Mille GT rig I had originally been interested in was the primary inspiration for my eventual ride.

A photo taken not long (a year perhaps?) after spotting the ad which started it all:



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Old 11-11-2011, 07:05 AM   #17
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Could be...your rig looks great...
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:31 AM   #18
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Unit / Hedingham

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>Keith Wash is no longer manufacturing and selling sidecars or leading link forks.

True, but the forks and sidecars are still being made by the new owners of the company and going strong. See http://www.hedinghamsidecars.com/
We still sell these at DMC. We build our own links when things are slow but the Units are a good choice at a reasonable price. B
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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Believe or not the original owner is...

I was doing a bit of searching, trying to find my old rides. One in particular was a 1989 Moto Guzzi Mille GT with a color-matched Hedingham SS sidecar. After seeing this post, I believe that this is my old rig. I bought it in 1989 from South Suburban BMW in South Chicago Heights, IL, who I am sure that somehow Ed Johnson (one of the founders of the USCA and an owner of a K100/Hedingham rig talked the owner into bringing this combination together, knowing that they had a willing buyer, me. At the time, I was working with Ed and USCA, helping to setup the first instances of a sidecar operating training course. In later years, I was treasurer, and eventually President of the USCA. I eventually traded the rig in on a BMW K75RT and soon after that, dropped out completely from motorcycling. An old sidecar racer by the name of Willy Kenney bought the sidecar, and may have added the fiberglass handlebar-mount fairing. (I was running it with just a windshield.) Willy passed away some years ago, and I wondered where the rig ended up.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:37 AM   #20
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mille gt w/ hedingham ss

Hey gairinthepark............

yes , that sure was your rig , and it has lead me down the path of hacking for many years and many miles and many smiles. After I had seen your sweet little rig at a USCA gathering many years back, I knew I would have to have a Hedingham ss put on my K75C BMW. Lowell Neff did the install and added his LL forks and modified the rear wheel to add a 15" car tire. Man was that a great set up. kick myself many times for letting that get away, But the wife said it was way to small for her and the dog, so after many miles of fun we up graded to a Hedingham XL, and it has work out to be a great investment , we are now going on the 100K mark. After having the XL on three different bikes.We have now settle on a Triumph Rocket 3 as our tug, and it still looks great and handles outstanding. So thanks to you and your sweet little Mille GT we have had may years of enjoyment and great fun hacking our way around the United states.

Many Thanks
Sharon, Dave, Gracie

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Old 02-20-2012, 05:39 AM   #21
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I saw Dave's Triumph rig in person a couple weeks ago when I picked up the Ural sidecar I bought from him...it is as nice a rig as I've seen, Dave is a great guy too.......the MG/Hedingham rig has a new (better) home in the Chicago area and is being brought back to life as we speak.....


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Hey gairinthepark............

yes , that sure was your rig , and it has lead me down the path of hacking for many years and many miles and many smiles. After I had seen your sweet little rig at a USCA gathering many years back, I knew I would have to have a Hedingham ss put on my K75C BMW. Lowell Neff did the install and added his LL forks and modified the rear wheel to add a 15" car tire. Man was that a great set up. kick myself many times for letting that get away, But the wife said it was way to small for her and the dog, so after many miles of fun we up graded to a Hedingham XL, and it has work out to be a great investment , we are now going on the 100K mark. After having the XL on three different bikes.We have now settle on a Triumph Rocket 3 as our tug, and it still looks great and handles outstanding. So thanks to you and your sweet little Mille GT we have had may years of enjoyment and great fun hacking our way around the United states.

Many Thanks
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:03 AM   #22
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Thanks for the update on the rig. I was beginning to worry when I saw a picture of the rig, looking a bit worn down on an old for sale posting. If you get any pics of the restored rig, please post them. I wonder through any of the transactions after mine, if the old Illinois vanity plate was passed down as well. It was "RED RIG". Fit the bike perfectly.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:09 PM   #23
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Sorry, there was no plate on the rig when I got....
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #24
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Coming back home....

I just made a deal to get the rig back from my friend....he did a lot of work on the Guzzi...I can't thank him enough for giving me another shot at it.....see link below for more pics.....

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Old 09-14-2013, 01:38 PM   #25
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I got it home yesterday...looking forward to riding it...there are a few things I'll change....not sure I like the fairing....I'm thinking it needs a larger hack wheel....also, rear tire is sidecar but not front ....would that be something I should change? I've never had a rig with a LL front end before....


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Old 09-14-2013, 02:40 PM   #26
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Mike, looks like it should be a great rig. Just ride it a while and see what works for you and what does not.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #27
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together

A classy well made rig, keep them together and clean it up nice, then if you turn it (and don't fall in love with it), it will be worth more.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:47 PM   #28
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Fellow ADVer Dave....(Triumphsidehack)...brought his Hedingham/Triumph Rocket 3 rig over today so we could take some pics of them together.....thought you might like to see the pics....his setup is soooo nice....he gave me some good pointers on mine.....




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Old 11-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #29
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My Guzzi outfit will be somewhat similar soon.

This is how it used to look :-


Then I acquired this:-


Fitted the Oxford onto the BMW to make this :-

which I have since sold

Now in the process of fitting the Hedingham to the Guzzi :-


Got to sort out a subframe for the lower mounts

planning on using the front engine mount, sidestand mount and mainstand mounting points to mount the subframe

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Old 11-11-2013, 06:11 AM   #30
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Nice rigs Steve....good luck with the Guzzi/Hedingham....gotta love them
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