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Old 04-19-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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Buyer's remorse?

I've been hot and bothered for a sidecar for years, recently began searching in earnest. I found one locally, and I let my little head do the thinking for my big head, and I jumped on it, and it's a little rougher than I initially thought. It is heavier than I thought it would be, tried to weigh the separate pieces on a bathroom scale to get a total weight, but couldn't get an accurate reading. The tub is structurally intact, already started working on getting the old paint scraped off of the interior, not too concerned as I can deal with the aesthetics, but the frame has a break along the front; I used it to get some knocked off of the price, I'm pretty sure it can be repaired and reinforced. I would love to be able to mount it to the Guzzi, but will use the DR650 if needed. How badly did I get taken? Is it worth working with?





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Old Yesterday, 04:55 AM   #2
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No clue as to what you paid. That would have something to do w/ an answer.
But you now have a good reason to ''learn your rig''.

Relax & get to work correcting your frame.

Is your frame channel or flat bar ?

Really, you don't have to feel bad about now ''rethinking'' .
Here is a great opportunity for you to school yourself. BUT WAIT !!!

You have so many builders & want-a-be builders ready to advise you.
You just may have made a great deal....
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Old Yesterday, 06:37 AM   #3
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No clue as to what you paid. That would have something to do w/ an answer.
But you now have a good reason to ''learn your rig''.

Relax & get to work correcting your frame.

Is your frame channel or flat bar ?

Really, you don't have to feel bad about now ''rethinking'' .
Here is a great opportunity for you to school yourself. BUT WAIT !!!

You have so many builders & want-a-be builders ready to advise you.
You just may have made a great deal....
What Wolfie said! When life gives you lemons make lemonade.
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Thanks for the encouraging words; it is channel, not flat bar, to repair the break, I was thinking of having a piece of flat stock slid into the channel and welded. I ended up giving 300.00 for everything, I've already got the inside of the tub cleared of all the old glue, no structural defects to be found, and I can handle the cosmetics. My main concern is if the frame is suitable for the Guzzi; regardless of which bike I hack, I plan on having it reinforced, especially around stressed areas.

Please keep the suggestions coming; I'm a newbie and I know it.
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My main concern is if the frame is suitable for the Guzzi; regardless of which bike I hack, I plan on having it reinforced, especially around stressed areas.

Please keep the suggestions coming; I'm a newbie and I know it.


I'd be inclined to keep the suspension, possibly the two top links, and start a new frame from scratch.

Cheaper, faster, and can be built to suit whichever bike you decide to hook it to.

Tube would be my first choice of material. Box section if that is what works better for you or your fabricator.


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