'86 GL-1200 w/Friendship 3

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  1. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Mad Scientist

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    Okay all you Hacksters, I just bought this 1986 Goldwing 1200 Interstate, with a California Sidecar Friendship 3 rig. (thanks for that info, @hahnda)

    First, I am very knowledgeable about motorcycles, BUT.....know very little about sidecars.

    There is where I need your help. I am more than willing to listen to all thoughts and suggestions, advice, rants, etc.....throw it my way, and I will choose what to absorb, and what to throw out.

    I can tell you this, this rig was owned by an older man, he set it all up, and when it was done originally, he spent a lot on it, and did most things right. Over the years he added this and that, and some things which I am removing, and throwing in the garbage, such as the CB radio and antenna, the Radio w/cassette, and antenna. The forward wind-guard between the bike and the sidecar, the boxed-iron framework for the trailer hitch (that was a lot of excess weight)

    The old man died, so this was put up for consignment sale by his widow, along with a matching trailer (which I didn't want), at a local used car lot. I bought it for $ 2,500.

    My goal is to clean this rig up, remove excess garbage off it, and get it in good riding condition for my wife to ride. She already has two-wheeled motorcycles, including a brand new 2017 Rebel 500 ABS. She knows how to ride a two-wheeled bike...no problem. And she is endorsed for a 3 wheeler, in addition to her two-wheelers. Both of us are endorsed for both 2 wheels and 3 wheels.

    But she has always had a "hankering".....yes...a "hankering"....for a sidecar rig.

    Our plan is to get this rig all cleaned up and fit for her, let he ride it for a year or more, and if she is still "hankering" for a sidecar rig, and wants to "upgrade", then we will spend the big bucks and get her a newer V-Strom 1000 with a DMC M72 Expedition sidecar.

    But, for the $ 2,500. we spent on this rig....in the pictures below.....it was a safe gamble to take to let her try out a sidecar rig, and see if she maintains that "hankering", or if it dissipates.

    Go ahead, throw it at me, I need all the thoughts and advice I can get.

    TIA.....:-)

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  2. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Sidecar is probably worth that alone. Its actually a California Friendship 3. Should be a great rig.
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  3. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Mad Scientist

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  4. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    It was a horrible mistake !!!!! But to save you the pain and suffering I'll give you 2600 for it and come and get it. :-):-):-):-):-)




    Take all the crap off it you don't like and if it drives nicely you made a hell of a good deal, if it darts around, is hard to drive straight, shakes it's head etc it may need an adjustment is all.
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  5. nk14zp

    nk14zp Long timer

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    Is the CB made for a bike?
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  6. HeidiHo

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    Dave, that is a long drive from Minnesota to the West Coast, but thank you ever so much for caring about my horrible mistake :-)
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  7. HeidiHo

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    I can't say it is specific to a bike, like a Garmin ZUMO is specific for motorcycles. It is a Uniden CB, and an antique, so.....I think you can do better than this one.
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  10. HeidiHo

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  11. HeidiHo

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    Thank you @hahnda for the info that this is actually a California Sidecar Friendship 3 rig.

    I can tell you that this bike also has the electric TILT feature on it, so I can adjust the angle of the entire rig to the road surface, to level it out.

    I also has the disc brake on the sidecar wheel, integrated into the bikes' brake system.

    So, somebody tell me what the name of this front suspension system is. I am used to the very old-school Earles leading link front suspension, but this must be something else.
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  12. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    The previous owner had allot of good stuff for the period, you did pretty well, I've always sort of wanted to save the fairing for all weather protection, remove the trinkets to jettison weight and have an winter sidecar rig is there an auxiliary fuel tank in there someplace ?

    Leading link forks those are Unit forks from the UK not modern verions with floating brake mounts but very usable for your needs
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  13. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    The sidecar's on the wrong side. :D
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  14. HeidiHo

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    There is not an aux. fuel tank on this rig. I am used to aux. fuel tanks, as I spent 30+ years in the IronButt Association, so had many different aux. fuel cells on my bikes for long distance rides. I know this bike with sidecar was a steal at $ 2,500.00. I also knew the sidecar itself was worth more than that. The bike has 102,000 miles on it, but has been well maintained, and runs strong.

    This will be just a temporary sidecar rig for my wife. If she really likes this rig, we will upgrade to a much better, much newer, and much more expensive rig for her.

    If she doesn't like riding this rig, we will probably sell it, here....and make a few bucks. But by then, it will have been gone through and in great mechanical condition.
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  15. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Almost forgot allot of WIngs in that period had linked brakes , one front disk on had lever, the other and rear on the rear pedal.
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  16. norton(kel)

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    To Hell with Daves puny offer, if you wife doesn't like it I'll give you $2700 for it!

    One of my rigs is a XS11 with a big fairing and it works very well for cold weather driving.
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  17. jaydmc

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    Steal of a price, the front end is from Unit sidecars, used it is worth at least $1000. It is called a leading link. As this bike more then likely sat for a while I would change the Timing belts, they break, valves bend. While in it that far I would change the water pump. You can use Honda civic T belts, same part, different box and lower price. Do not use automotive Anti freeze, the Honda water pump does not like it, buy the Honda coolant. These bikes are known to have stator issues. The stator is a real pain to replace. One thing that can help keeping the stator working is if you go to the regulator cut off the plug going into it and hard wire it. The plugs can fail to make a good connection and take the stator out.
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  18. ChiliPepperGarage

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    I had a GL1500 with that same car. The car is huge and has a ton of storage space. It is also very heavy so I never flew the chair. Sounds like your is set up pretty nicely.

    My only recommendation would be to not do anything to it for a while. If you decide to sell potential buyers may want it just like it is. If you decide to keep it then do all the mods to it you want.

    i really liked the one I had but the transmission developed issues and you have to pull the engine apart to get to the trans so I sold the bike and sidecar seperately.
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  19. HeidiHo

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    Jay, thanks for the info. Hopefully you did see in my OP that if this bike works well enough for my wife, we will be coming to see YOU, and buy a new M72 Expedition sidecar...from DMC.

    As for the work needed/suggested on the bike, I am all on top of that. Like I said in the OP, the bike mechanical stuff I am very knowledgeable about, and those timing belts are one of the first things on my list. I also know to use HONDA coolant, rather than normal automotive coolant, due to the low-silicate issues.

    So, this front end on this rig is a Unit Leading Link....hmmm....not familiar with that one.

    Tell me more....and more.....
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  20. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    http://hedinghamsidecars.co.uk/leading-link-forks.html
    Not quite sure if hedingham is still in business or not but as Jay said probably worth at least 1000, they are an entry level leading link that are affordable .The calipers attached to the swingarm causing the suspension to raise or freeze under braking. Higher end more modern stuff has floating calipers and heavier construction.
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    Floating calipers don't transfer braking forces to swingarm, most modern LL built this way.
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