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Old 04-07-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
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GS sidecars in Europe

Hi all,
GS hacks are not so often here in France, yet we're a bunch of fanatics decided to promote them, and also we have a few sidecar manufacturers who think interesting solutions to create GS sidecars. So I'll review GS hacks here in France and also in Europe, and try to show you the different technical solutions.
Firstly here we go with the first pics of my new hack
Sorry for the poor quality, they were taken with a mobile at the EML distributor in northern France. I still haven't seen it "in real", I'm going to bring it back home next week, 800 km drive and I'll post better pics with the cases and all accessories.
It's an EML roadster with a 1200 GS Adventure. I left the bike on 10 december, so it took 4 months to do the job, due to roadster kit's availability, and that was a very long time waiting ! Still it's there now, ready for it's new life
His name is the Smiling Swordfish, due to it's ressemblance with that fast fish, and happy to carry its passengers around Europe and Africa !
First trip will be GS days in southern France in 3 weeks, then small rides in the Alps, this summer the BMW days in Garmisch Partenkirschen, then the Euro Gespann Treffen (EGT) in Luxemburg, Popham meeting in the UK in september, and a trip to Germany in October. In 2013 scheduled the Dragon rally and a trip to Marocco later in October.
I Hope to see some of you soon and look forward riding together
Ride safe and take care !

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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What is the front end???? More info please!!!
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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Wow! very nice! Congrats on your new ride.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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What is the front end???? More info please!!!
Yes please, more info!
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:53 PM   #5
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I think those front forks cost more $$ than my last 2 rigs combined !!!!!!
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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Thanks ! Sorry for the delay, just rode back from northern France 800 km, that was great even if the weather was awful. The steering is super accurate thanks to the EML extensodive fork. The sidecar itself is very light, so up it goes easily in right curves. With a passenger it'll be more easy to drive thanks to the extra weight. Fuel consumption is very satisfactory, more or less + 1 l/100km with that extra 100kg on the right side. The bike's aluminium swingarm has been changed by an EML steel swingarm, more robust. Other than that, the hand brake still controls front and rear motorbike brakes (ABS is still in use), while foot brake controls bike's rear and sidecar brakes.
A little issue is that with a 175mm large rear wheel, on wet roads a lot of shit spreads on the saddle and on the cases even if the bike has already a mudsling, gotta find a solu[IMG][/IMG]tion . Also, as the tyre pressure sensors have been withdrawn due to the change of wheels, the on board computer thinks the sensors are still there, so it warns of a tyre pressure problem . That needs to be corrected by BMW dealer.
So the Smiling swordfish is born ! First trip will be the GS days here in southern France in the town of Orange in 2 weeks time. Report will follow
Take care and enjoy riding !
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #7
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:49 PM   #8
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Wow!

Just awesome!!!! Congrats!
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:46 PM   #9
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I love the modern take on the U Boat decals!

Beautiful outfit.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:28 AM   #10
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I think those front forks cost more $$ than my last 2 rigs combined !!!!!!
Yep - they do look a wee bit costly.
But sooooooo sweeeeeeet.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #11
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Outstanding!

Is it a dual-wheel drive?
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:31 AM   #12
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Thanks !

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Is it a dual-wheel drive?
No, but I hope one day... My dream is fitting a MOBEC haldex duodrive system like the red hack below... The day when I win at the lottery
GS1200 are not frequently fitted with sidecars here in France, but we're a bunch of guys willing to change things
One of them is having his GS fitted with a sidebike Megacométe by DJ side-car french manufacturer, and another one with a RDS Neptune... For the first one, it's not easy due to the width of the bike and of the pannier, it's very close to the 2meters maximum width authorized by legislation... (the pics show integration test with an old megacométe pannier that will not be used). I'll post pics as soon as they come in








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Old 04-24-2012, 12:56 PM   #13
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Just a FYI here.

Rode my rig back from Pittsburg on Sunday.
It was raining pretty good.
Ran into a rather deep puddle at speed.
The front wheel went right through it, but the back wheel hydroplaned, reved the engine and then caught traction.
It didn't cause a problem and we continued to ride without incident.
Just want to let you know, because with the car tire on the front of your rig, you may experience the same thing.
Could really be a sucky day if you loose front traction in a turn.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:48 PM   #14
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Tres bel attelage!! A peu pres la taille d'un Kangol?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:17 AM   #15
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The Sworfish was modified this winter by french sidecar manufacturer DJ in the Alps. A few accesories were added as you can see... Then we participated early february to the 1st "white pass sidecar rallye" in the french Alps near Annecy. Great fun, with 35 hacks out of which 4 GS ADV
Next big change will be the mounting of a 2 wheel drive system in September by another french sidecar manufacturer, Choda. We've got a bunch of sidecar wizards here in France












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