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Old 03-03-2013, 12:54 AM   #1
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Ever ride your leading link bike without the hack on it?

I've been toying with the idea of building a bit of a monstrosity; I have access to an 81 GL1000, and a Dnepr sidehack. I won't put the hack on it right away, but I'm wondering, how would a GL1000 handle with a leading link, while hack-less?
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:12 AM   #2
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trail ... amount of ... depends


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Old 03-03-2013, 02:11 AM   #3
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Wait, what? Haha. All I see is a title and a period.

I know I'll have to do trail calculations. I've thought about building my own LL, and if I do, I'll have a couple of different bolt holes for the lower attachment points on the shocks so I can adjust the trail for hack and non-hack riding. I've looked at some custom built LL's, and cletus's in particular, and I'm pretty confident I could do the same. Just worried about no-hack riding stability.

It'll take me a while to get the hack outfitted, it's pretty rough, and I want to be able to ride the bike solo, as well.

Figured I'd ask, before I ran off on a fool's errand.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Sidecar first, fit it, find out by riding, then the leading links ?
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:31 AM   #5
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Sidecar first, fit it, find out by riding, then the leading links ?

Most excellent advice.


To the OP /2 bm's ran just fine with leading links in a solo configuration when in the solo position. Not much choice as it was all the company offered at that time.



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Old 03-03-2013, 02:48 AM   #6
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That is good advice, and thanks for the info FR700.

I'd just hate to get it all fitted up, and then realize I can't ride it solo. :P

Been reading around a little since I posted, and I'm thinking that it will be fine, as long as I don't go to radical with the trail.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:13 AM   #7
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DRONE rides his solo when he takes it to the dealer. Trail reduction and a car tire on the rear.

I think it's a comfort zone kinda deal. Maybe he'll chime in.



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Old 03-03-2013, 06:36 AM   #8
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I built mine that way, just in case, but have never tried it out. I figured that it worked for Earls, so why not LL's.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:39 AM   #9
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The man himself! I noticed you built yours that way, that's what gave me the idea. Hope you don't mind me stealing your design.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:40 AM   #10
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #11
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LLs have been fitted to numerous solo motorcycles as an alternative to telescopic, maybe even girder forks. Solo use was the priority.
When contemporary manufacturers do what they will, e.g. Honda with their Goldwings, the design criteria is still solo biased. Even when innovative engineers such as Tony Foale and Jack Difazio came up with alternatives to telescopic, the thinking was predominantly for a conventional powered two wheeler.
Fitting a sidecar introduces a whole new ball game, as this forum perfectly illustrates. Of course, telescopic forks can still work acceptably when a third wheel is attached, that's why I suggest it's worth evaluating before spending time, energy, and importantly money.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:48 PM   #12
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Rocket, I stole the idea from Earls, so I see no reason not to tell you to do the same.

I got rid of the only two wheeler I had left in the stable today. I sold it back to the guy I bought it from.

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #13
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My experience is with a 1966 BMW R50/2. The steering was a bit heavy but nothing anybody could not handle. Actually felt very solid.
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