Airhead hacked

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by richardak, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I finally got the Cozy sidecar attached to my '83 R100RT but couldn't get it out of the driveway. The +31F temperature last Monday made the driveway pretty slick.

    Is there anyone in the Interior that has tire studding equipment or knows of a shop that would be willing to install studs? I'm still shopping around for a more suitable rear tire than the sport bike tire I picked up on my road trip last summer to CA.

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  2. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    Sweet looking rig. Hope to see you around town this winter.
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  3. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Richard,
    Didn't know you were interested in hacks.
    I have a fair bit of reading material on the subject that I'll send your way.
    I got nearly all of it from AP McDonald, who owns Parks Highway Towing just north of Nenana
    with the statue of a Marine our front. He's a wealth of sidecar info and recently restored
    an early Honda 750 with a sidecar. Great guy to talk to.
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  4. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I don't know if I'll make it down to south central this winter as I still have to learn how to ride it. Next summer though...

    Yep, I've been looking for a sidecar for a couple of years and I found this one about a mile from our house. I figure that it should dramatically extend the riding season though I'm told it won't be riding anymore but driving. I stopped by there once last summer after a ride to the Monderosa but no one was there.
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  5. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    studs for the ice, knobs for the snow.... big knobs. TKCs are ok, D606 is better, a MT21 better yet

    get a face sock, a neck gator and a heated visor for sure. heated gloves, vest, etc as required

    and forget motorcycle boots.... not warm enough
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  6. AK Bob

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    And tell us all about it.. Cubdriver was at BT last month and If ya pick the right time you could catch him at College Coffee house.. With all the all the warm weather you on the road?

    That would make a great rig for D2D / Top of the World / Inuvik run this year.. Want to come?
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  7. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    With the sport bike rear tire, I can't even make it out of the driveway. I am hauling it to a parking lot tomorrow for some practice and testing. I think I have it aligned pretty well. I'll bring some pictures to BT.

    And I am planning on D2D this year though I haven't signed up yet.

    See you next Monday...
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  8. Alaskahack

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  9. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I was looking at the HippoHands but I've ridden to about 15F and haven't had too much of a problem with cold hands, yet. I rode to Anchorage last Spring and it snowed for the first 150 miles and tried out my stock grip heaters for the first time in the five years I've owned the bike. They worked for about 80 miles then stopped. I haven't looked into why yet since I used them so rarely. While in Anchorage, I stopped at AK Leather and picked up a Gerbings jacket liner and controller. I should've gotten this a long time ago. It even got some use during my road trip to CA last summer. The RT fairing and windshield gives you pretty good coverage from the wind.

    Another blogger in Colorado picked up a couple of sets of these for his Ural and he wrote about it here but I don't know if he's had a chance to try them out. I just ordered a IRC TR-1 trials tire and if there is enough clearance, I would be tempted to try out the chains as well. He is co_g30 on these forums.

    Richard
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  10. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I borrowed a trailer to get the rig out of the driveway down to a parking lot. After a couple of hours of right turns, left turns, figure 8's, etc. I headed down the road for a test run. Things went well, no steering vibration, it pulled a bit to the left slightly at 50mph and the rear sport bike tire spun too easily. A good day...

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  11. Alaskahack

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    Looks great Richard

    Are there any quite places up there were you could practice some panic stops? Keep letting us know how it goes.

    I don't that much snow down here,:cry but I think I'll do some running around tomorrow

    Bob
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  12. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Not many places with pavement showing at this time of year. I did enjoy rapid stops on the snow. The front brake is pretty effective with the K60 but not much help from the sport bike tire on the rear. No brake on the sidecar. The local shop said two weeks on the new rear tire.

    Once March comes around, more pavement is showing...
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  13. railroad bob

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    I'm kinda new here, been a member a long time, but just starting to spend time more frequently,
    and post.
    I remember seeing someone riding a shovelhead on the Johanson a few years ago, maybe several,
    not sure how long ago. He was wearing bunny boots and I think it was maybe 10 or 20 below.
    All wrapped up, couldn't tell if I knew him or not.
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  14. railroad bob

    railroad bob Adventurer

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    Nice looking rig BTW.

    Used to be a guy years ago riding a Beemer with a black hack, always had his dog with him.
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  15. Fighter

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    George Rahn
    Do a search. :eek1
    Fite
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  16. railroad bob

    railroad bob Adventurer

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    If you're talking about the man who formerly owned the BMW dealership, no need. I've heard of George off and on over the years, local legend, just didn't know it was him with the hack, and never met him, as I've never been into Beemers.

    I'm sure there are tons of references to him on this site, as there should be.

    Do Beemers still have the sideways kickstart on the left?
    :D
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  17. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Now George rides his Royal Enfield hack but less in the winter than he used to. And still has the dog.
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  18. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I wish kick starters were still available but I have never heard of any made since the mid-80's. There is an R1200C with a sidecar running around most of the year owned by the former Beemer salesman at the Harley shop and I'm told that there are at least 6 Urals in town.
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