BMW R90s Left Side Hack "Lefty"

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by SWICKED, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    MOA

    trip 2 900 miles
    7/18/13 - 1/21/13

    the tirp for me went great. the ride to Salem and back to Chico was a steep 900 mile learning curve. (puns intended)

    on the way out of CA i was 2 miles from the state line and i got pulled over for going "to slow".

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    so much in so little time.
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  2. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    trip 3 595 miles
    7/26/13 -7/28/13

    the weekend following MOA i took the rig south to Fresno and back to Chico.


    lets just say what a Boring trip. 600 miles of nothing good.

    but i was able to get the wife into the rig for her first time.

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  3. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    trip 4 150 miles
    8/2/13 -8/3/13

    chico to bucks lake and back. 160 miles

    what an awesome trip. up at the lake was an informal air head meet up. thier was about 20 bikes and 2 side cars. boxer metal was able to make it up.

    the great thing is that i was able to get my dog into the rig for her first time. the only thing is that she was kind of obnoxious because she had to endure a lot of tight and twisties.
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  4. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    Just the kind of sidecar outfit I like to see, very nice work man.
    Those forks should answer a lot of questions on this site about what strong simple leading link forks should look like.
    Keep us updated on the changes and improvments please.
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  5. ooweel

    ooweel Jobless, Its OK!

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    Lets see? You got the roller one week before 7-7-13. You get it all re-worked and a motor put all back together and installed. Apparently you have great mechanical skills! Probably doesn't hurt either to have Chris for a buddy!

    As I read on you post "The number one thing i like the most is that I made it home alive seeing that this was my first trip on a street bike." This made me do a head shake:eek1 I am thinking you are a long time street/dirt rider with mad skills up until that point. Totally took me off guard. Great way to start my day off reading a very cool thread apparently I had missed.

    I actually saw your rig at the MOA Rally and scratched my head thinking that looks like the one Boxer Metal had up for sale a few weeks back on ADV. After looking it over I walked away thinking NO WAY its the same roller.

    COOL THREAD! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    That was the rig I had for sale on ADV. We worked on it non stop between finishing up a couple of other sidecars before the BMW rally.
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  7. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    Nice to see the outfit I designed and built back in the late '90s is being refurbished and used again, lefties rule.<label for="rb_iconid_26">[​IMG]</label>
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  8. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    thank you, i can tell you its been a fun ride. oh ill keep this thread alive.

    haha this is great, thank you, i'm glad that i can shake things up. its true that this is the same roller, my first street bike and the date stamps on the pictures do not lie. i do have some experience on dirt bikes and quads. currently the rig and i have traveled 2500 miles in only three weekends.


    4 hacks and 1 solo bike need to get done.

    the solo bike was a /5 (sorry no picture)

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  9. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    you must be Bob!!

    i'm glad i can do you the honor in keeping this thing road worthy and i have nothing but good things to say about this rig. if you could recall any details could you enlighten me on some things about the bike. like what is the rear wheel and what did you use for the hub assembly on the side car. i'm sure over time i will think of other things.

    thank you for building such a wonderful outfit.
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  10. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    It's great reading this thread and seeing you so happy and having so much fun!
    cool rig- be safe and rack up the miles!
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  11. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    Bob, did you make the forks?
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  12. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    The rear wheel is a 15"x4" spacesaver spare. that came with some cars, I may have changed the center offset a bit. S/c hub is a trailer hub.


    OM, yes i made the forks.
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  13. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    thank you, this rig not only makes things fun but it provides shear pleasure, fear, and stress.

    he designed and built the entire rig.

    awesome, thank you for the heads up. i need to rebuild the hub and get new bearings and seals. you wouldn't happen to have pictures of the rig from your days building and riding it?
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  14. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    trip 5 217 miles
    8/3/13

    took myself, wife, and our dog to Mt. Lassen Nat Park. we participated in a 200 mile vintage car rally run to the volcano. great ride, good time, good weather. the rig ran pretty good are 8500 feet.

    some of the other cars
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  15. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    the trip

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  16. FR700

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    I like your taste ... you parked next to a Healey :lol3

    I wouldn't sneeze at the MGA either just quietly between you and me .





    Stunning picture .


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  17. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    haha it was a very sweet and very clean car. i wouldn't sneeze at any of the cars.

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    trip number 6 170 miles
    8/9 8/10/13
    catching a ride behind something else
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    my next low budget project. the plan is to turn this honda gas tank in to a seat pan/cowl. its going to need a lot of love and time.
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    getting an idea how its going to look. im going to install a fender eliminator kit and the stock tail light will be mounted above the rear subframe.
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  18. GypsyWriter

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    I showed this thread to the Dude this evening and he couldn't stop drooling. We're looking into making him one and I think this rig has made up his mind on what base bike he wants to use. :lol3

    That front end is beefy!! I love those large tires, that is one sweet setup!! Subscribed for future updates. :thumb
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  19. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    ^^ that is awesome, i'm glad that this bike can spark some inspiration. i also noticed that you are located in Hanford. i was born and raised in porterville and i head home every now and then, i would be happy to meet up so you guys can get a first hand look at the rig.
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  20. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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    i lucked out last friday, i picked a pair of tanks to play with. im still playing with $0 out of my pocket. i will be using the blue tank. its in much better condition to work with. i also picked up some foam. i hope to have some progress on the seat man tomorrow.

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    boxer metal fender eliminator kit and license plate mount. the rear tire was making contact with the fender when the suspension cycled. also had a new tire installed.
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    then headed off on tirp number 7. 275 miles

    9/13 9/14/13

    went up to the central valley BMW ralley in Quincy.

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    had such a great tirp.

    BMW biker scum pit crew, help fixing a broke bike. the plan was to go on a ride and but the the rotter in the red GS took a shit. we made Graeagle which is 26 miles away from Quincy. Graeagle has great people but did not the greatest selection of services. we had to go back to Quincy to get the battery in the red gs charged up and pick up a rotter. so for 75 mile i had a monkey in my car.
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