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Old 04-13-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Kalich Leaner - "Build"

After months of waiting for my build date, my Kalich leaner is waiting for a flight to the USA. It should be here in a week or two. Once it does arrive, I'll be back here to post the details. Until then, this is all I have to go on.

There are two boxes, this one open below, plus the taller box right behind it has the frame.





And now loaded up into the truck...




Now, it sits somewhere, waiting to board a plane.

Stay tuned...
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:55 PM   #2
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should arrive early next week as I'm told ;)

Have fun with it

Learn your new Mantra:
wider, wider , wider...

When empty you will hardly notice it...
to the point that you might forget ;)
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:00 PM   #3
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I got a great call this morning from a shipping agent in Denver.

The s/c was picked up by truck on Tuesday in Germany, and will be arriving in Denver (Air Cargo) on Thursday afternoon. So, I'll avoid the freight forwarding and just pick it up from Customs on Friday!!

Then, for 2-3 weeks, my painter will be doing some magic on the tub and the extra set of plastics for the bike. Now, I just have to settle on a paint scheme... hmm....
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:42 PM   #4
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OK, who ever heard of an Icelandic volcano stopping a sidecar?

flight cancellations due to ash...
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:31 PM   #5
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You COULD have asked for a Concrete shipping date ....

But, NO - now you've gotten:





(Please forgive me God ...)


'Ash-Falled....'

Cheers - hang in there, unlike Mother-in-laws, volcanoes don't erupt forever -

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Old 04-16-2010, 04:46 PM   #6
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might take a few days till the ash clears....
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:17 PM   #7
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I can't believe a little ash could put a stop to this cool project. It's just not right.
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I can't believe a little ash could put a stop to this cool project. It's just not right.

Satan is doing his best to keep me from having fun...
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:33 PM   #9
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time before receiving counts double....
I remember waiting for mine...
and a ship takes its time....

but the fun thereafter quickly let you forget
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:51 PM   #10
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time before receiving counts double....
I remember waiting for mine...
and a ship takes its time....

but the fun thereafter quickly let you forget
True enough.

I'll gladly wait a few extra days, instead of waiting on a ship.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:19 PM   #11
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as a whole combo the flight option was prohibitively expensive
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:30 PM   #12
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as a whole combo the flight option was prohibitively expensive
Air cargo for the sidecar in one crate was going to be over 1000 Euro. But, that single crate has a lot of wasted airspace, so I asked Ralph to get it into two crates instead greatly reducing that waste. In the end, the air cargo rate came down to just 650 Euro.

Shipment has slipped again, until at least 20 April. Sigh...
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:27 PM   #13
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Mac,

Can you provide any information about your dealings purchasing the Kalich sidecar.

Does it come with a bolt on subframe? How did you find the negotiations working from Germany?

Were there many options?

What is an approximate cost?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:47 PM   #14
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While I'm still waiting for my shipment, due to the Iceland volcano, it looks like things are breaking free a little bit. I'll be crossing my fingers, hoping the boxes fly as planned tomorrow. As of this moment, Lufthansa 446 is still scheduled to fly, but we'll see ...

So, to answer those questions:

Does it come with a bolt on subframe?

Yes, there is a bolt-on subframe. Ralph calls it the "helper" frame.

How did you find the negotiations working from Germany?
I'm a trusting guy. I lived in Germany for four full years (2002-2006) and have an established degree of general trust of German businessmen, especially those with a solid reputation as Ralph Kalich has. I have had no qualms in dealing with Ralph.

Ralph does a great job in communication. He always answers questions via email in a timely manner (less than a day) and has been great to deal with. He accepts wire transfers, and I don't know about other methods of payment, as I didn't ask. For me, this was a cash deal. This kind of purchase wouldn't be a good candidate for a collateral-based loan. To finalize the build date, Ralph needs a €1k deposit. Prior to shipment, the balance is due.

Were there many options?
There are a few options available. Some are exclusive of each other. I went with most of the options, except paint. See price list below.

What is an approximate cost?
With my selected options, including air cargo ( €650), but not painted, mine is just north of $9k. Yes, I know I could have had a whole Ural, but then I'd have to drive a Ural around (sorry Ural guys, they aren't my bag).

The price list is here: http://www.kalich.de/html/preise.html
Note the prices are in Euro and include 19% VAT. If you're out of the EU, you can deduct that, but you get to buy the Euros at the going rate.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #15
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Matt, it should be on its way


P.S. He means "subframe"


P.SS. I ordered mine while overseas as well and met him for first time when I picked it up. No problems there.
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