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Old 09-30-2005, 03:35 PM   #16
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The paint on the bike is too good to screw up, so it'll be the sidecar that gets the re-splash.
I may have a painter for you near LA if you need one.He's a goofy bike nut and does good work.Fair price also if you tell him mulekick sent ya..Let me know
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Old 09-30-2005, 05:29 PM   #17
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I appreciate the offer.
Being in the car business, I know a couple of body shops already.
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Old 11-14-2005, 12:05 AM   #18
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Well, they finally met today:

The Torquey Tug


Snuggled up beside each other.


They look like a decent pair.
That's the man with the torch, Matt Gibbs of Felony Fabrications.


A little fittin', weldin', and paintin' and we'll be on our way.
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Old 11-14-2005, 12:09 AM   #19
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Thats gonna work out kick ass!!!!I love it!!
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Old 11-14-2005, 12:23 AM   #20
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Woo hoo!! Lookin' good.. I can't wait for the ride report for this one... Bring it on!!

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Old 12-22-2005, 10:09 PM   #21
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Update

I went to go and visit the FJ, to see how things were progressing.
This is what I found.


It looks like all the hard work is done. Notice the R1 calipers BLING
That nice looking weld at the upper shock mount is indicative of all the rest.


Looks like I'll be on 3 wheels next month.

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Old 12-22-2005, 10:12 PM   #22
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:19 PM   #23
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Looks sweet! I have a baby on the way and a 74 Sportster with dust on it in the garage. I'm thinking that a sidecar may just take care of both issues.


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Old 12-23-2005, 04:39 AM   #24
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I went to go and visit the FJ, to see how things were progressing.
This is what I found.

WTF? A swing arm on the front forks? Please explain.
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:02 AM   #25
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Instead of me stumbling around the words, I clipped this from an online catalog

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All drivers of motorcycles with sidecars attached know the challenges inherent with the standard telescopic fork with a sidecar mounted. Standard forks give excess trail and insufficient lateral rigidity, these become obvious in steering which is heavy and prone to wobble violently.

Leading link steering modifications to the front end have overcome these problems completely with production of their leading link fork design, the design parallels a proven design which has been accepted for 30 years in sporting events
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:37 AM   #26
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Update

Now that the two parts are one, I stripped the hack last night, and it went to the Auto Body shop this morning for paint.
Notice the $ 50 Corbin Ass-catcher i picked up that's long overdue for a re-covering.



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Old 03-18-2006, 01:41 AM   #27
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:51 AM   #28
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Saawweeeeeeeeeet.



Hate to say it but they're better to look at than to motor on.
Left turns are like they're on rails, but right turns are butt-clenchers.
I've burned a few tanks of gas (a dismal 25 mpg) riding solo, with 50 lbs of buckshot to help hold the thing down. It'll still go past 100 mph, and it feels straight and stable, but I might just get some religion if I have to make an evasive maneuver to the right. I have a feeling I'll be sliding on my head. .
There's a cranky old technician at work with a 100,000 mile Concours that barely ever speaks a word who was the US National 750cc Sidecar Champ around 1991.
Just the other day he walked up into my face and said " YOUR HACK NEEDS MORE CAMBER!" (He's kinda deaf). When I told him I had 50 lbs of deadweight in it he said "YOU SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 200LBS! NO WONDER IT CORNERS LIKE SHIT!"

If he's still speaking English when I get it back from the body shop, I'll let him take it for a spin, and see what he thinks.

So far my kid has slim to no interest in it, likely because the paint doesn't match. ( I think it's a defect she got from her Mother.)
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:55 AM   #29
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I should add that I took a lady friend out for a date in it to see the World's Fastest Indian ( cool flick) and she thought it was fun, but she know's the best place is behind the bars. She rides a CBR600F4.
It's a very early model hack, around 1980 so it does have a torsion spring, but no shock. Hard bumps bounce it up somewhat.
I can't wait till I get her to take me for a ride in it. It seems that you're so low to the ground that it's almost like a go-kart.

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Old 03-18-2006, 03:06 AM   #30
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Dude,

That is fuckin-A cool. It's great that you are getting your daughter involved with you in the sport. She's gonna love it. Cute kid by the way.
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