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Old 09-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #46
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Finally it is done...

I finally got all parts together to get mine...

Still have few things to do such as hook up the lights, install the windshield, get the new seat and change the hack suspension for a better one.

Here is a picture of the final setup and the test ride with my loyal (and brave) riding partner

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Old 09-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #47
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I finally got all parts together to get mine...

Still have few things to do such as hook up the lights, install the windshield, get the new seat and change the hack suspension for a better one.

Here is a picture of the final setup and the test ride with my loyal (and brave) riding partner

I like it.

That looks like it's gonna be a lot of fun.

Light , narrow and low ... way to go



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Old 09-09-2012, 08:02 PM   #48
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Almost Ridiculously Easy

I have an average amount of mechanical and motorcycle aptitude, but this was my first foray into sidecars, so I was a bit apprehensive. If you are too... DON'T BE.

I knew only two things about hack alignment. Toe-in and lean-out. Well, with the help of a 4-foot bubble level, some painter's tape on my garage floor for a straight edge, and a tape measure, I was able to get the rolling Kenda chassis sold by Jay at DMC to track straight and sweet on MY FIRST TRY!

After ten minutes of figure eights around the parking lot (right turns are borderline suicidal with NO weight on the 'car) I felt OK to take it on the highway. There was absolutely ZERO drama at 70 mph.

Of course, once I get a tub built and mounted, the alignment setup may change, but I'm happy to report that this thing handles just fine on my first, newbie try!

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:34 PM   #49
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That looks very cool!!


I also found the right turns scary. Without a passenger or load right turns are an interesting experience...

The other thing I found is that the steering effort increased greatly. I’d read about it of course, but I was still surprised what a difference the sidecar made to the effort of getting the rig around a corner.


What are your plans for the body?
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:08 PM   #50
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What are your plans for the body?
I thinking fiberglass over plywood. Something like this:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=805104

I already started. I'll try to get some pictures. 3/4" birch plywood for the floor and bulkheads. 1/2" for the sides. Door skins or something thin and flexible for the curves. A couple of layers of cloth and some epoxy resin should produce something strong and heavy.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:05 PM   #51
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I like it! You have some serious woodworking skills!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:56 AM   #52
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Some Progress

I'm about 75% done with the framing of the tub I'm bolting to the Kenna rolling chassis frame from DMC.

1/2" oak (7-ply) side panels:

Panel

Tacked on to the frame for a look-see. As you can see, I changed the shape of the sides. After taking a look, I decided to take 4" off the height, 6" of length from the nose, and changed the side profile to what you see here. The bottom pieces (3) and bulkheads are 3/4" oak plywood.

After the tops and curved areas are installed and miscellaneous other prep, the whole assembly will be fiberglassed with epoxy resin and cloth inside and out, gel coated on the outside, and painted gloss black.

What you see here weighs about 45-55 pounds, I estimate. I'm thinking a bit less than 100 when done (?).

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Old 10-05-2012, 12:26 PM   #53
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Nice lines on your sidecar build.
It may be the angle of the pics, but it looks a bit large/long in proportion to the bike.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:06 PM   #54
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Looking good, One thing I did see, On your struts there should be jam nuts around the threaded part up against the black powder coated part. With out these in time play will develop in the strut and given enough time they could fail.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:53 PM   #55
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Looking good, One thing I did see, On your struts there should be jam nuts around the threaded part up against the black powder coated part. With out these in time play will develop in the strut and given enough time they could fail.
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Thanks, Jay! Understood. I was wondering why I had two extras left over!

Damn, I have to unthread those suckers again! It takes a while!
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Well, it's been over a year since I posted any progress on this project. Life keeps getting in the way!

I called in some help by hiring a local boatyard to finish the fiberglass work. I did the inside and a couple of layers on the outside, and wasn't happy with the results. The guy I hired put an additional layer of tape on all the outside seams, wrapped an additional layer of cloth, and filled and faired it. Here it is with a layer of black primer, that he was using just to see the low spots better. Another layer of fill and sanding, and he'll give it back to me for final painting.


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