Charlie 's CSM muti purpose doggie hack

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by claude, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Charlie's CSM built outfit is unique. We had done the california sidecar / 1200 V Strom setup for Charlie a while back. Then later on a Burgman/Hannigan for Charlie's wife.

    Then after a while Charlie decided he wanted something that he could carry his dogs in and also run a couple of dual sport events with. Well what you see below is a california sidecar chassis that has been fitted with a custom CSM aluminum body. It can still be interchanged with the original california sidecar body.
    The new body is 1/8" aluminum powdercoated black chrome. The body has a removable aluminum hardtop. There are screened sidecurtains for the sides of the top as well as clear plastic ones. The windscreen is lexan. On the rear is a lockable trunk door. The hoop on the back is to hold a t bag for travel and for carrying necessities for the dogs. Roto pax containers for doggie water and V Strom gas are also on board.

    Charlie and his Wife and doggies should be at the USCA National Rally coming up soon

    The bike had already been setup with Side Effects Modified trees, a car tire on the rear and an adjustable torsion bar rear suspension assist system from the earlier build by C Stanley Motorsports.

    Please disregard the dates on the pictures:-)
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  2. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    I saw those pics on Facebook, absolutely brilliant Claude.

    Another masterpiece! :clap
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  3. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Claude,

    Now that, is COOL. :clap:clap:clap
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  4. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    You could see it in person if you were in Coeur d'Alene with us Dave:

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  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Dana,

    I leave for Australia tomorrow. I have talked IMWA and one of the Australian dealers into supplying me with a Ural, now all I have to do is drive a rig that has the hack on the wrong side, on the wrong side of the road while trying not to fall off as I'll b upside down. :eek1 Have FUN, take lots of photos.:deal
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  6. brstar

    brstar Been here awhile

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    I have some special velcro to sell you so as to keep your butt stickin to the seat. ( bein upside down and all :rofl ) .
    Seriously are you going to east or west coast? Give us a hoy if in the west.
    Cheers, Bruce
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  7. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    Well done Claude. Notice how the front end looks like the snout of a dog:lol3
    3legs
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  8. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Dave, I hope your liver is in good condition. :freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky
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  9. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    G/day Bruce,

    My journey will be constrained to covering most of the eastern half of your country, and time spent at the OCR. I'll wave as the plane is landing in Brisbane, that way you should be able to see me from your side of the Continent. :wink:
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  10. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy TouringDave,

    As I did NOT waste my youth consuming vast amounts of alcohol, my liver is in fine shape so that I can now as an old fart drink till I drop.:1drink
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  11. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Dave, I know you said you were flying into Brisbane but are you heading south to Victoria at all?

    Dave
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  12. brstar

    brstar Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear you are missing out on the best Australia has to offer, the West but enjoy yourself over there on the poor side.
    Brissie is about 4 hrs or so flying time from Perth so be sure to stick your arm all the way out the window at say 34'000ft so I get to see it clearly :rofl.
    But most important I hope you have a blast and get to see some amazing country. Travel safe. And enjoy.
    How long do you have?
    Cheers Bruce.
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  13. swanslash5

    swanslash5 Adventure Lurking

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    Claude,
    I'm considering attaching a California Friendship sidecar to my DL1000. Do you have any more pictures or information about
    the original build of this rig.

    Could you elaborate on a comment you made in a thread last year?

    "We have modified quite a few of these sidecars also. The question comes down to cost vs value. We take the stock swingarm
    pivot area on the frame and and turn it into a 1" spindle, redo the swingarm and then add a splined end torsion bar across
    under the sidecar frame. This also makes for a manual tilt control by turning one bolt on the bike side. It works well but
    again the question is whether it is worth it or not."

    How much does this kind of modification usually cost?

    Thanks,
    Swan
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  14. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    The Friendship I sidecars with the torsion type suspensions are the ones in question. Dana..DirtyDR has pics of his in another thread here that shows th etorsion leaves. These can fail in time. This can cause big problems. The pictured outfit was in good shape so we did not modify it. Feel free to give me a call if you wish. 570 837 5120 (SHOP)
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  15. camaroz1985

    camaroz1985 Been here awhile

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    Very nice. My fiancee has been mentioning she would like a roof. Maybe something like that is in our future.
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  16. hydawaydoc

    hydawaydoc Adventurer

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    This rig started life as a California Companion sidecar. It has a relatively sophisticated suspension system as compared to the Friendship model. I have done some semi-serious fire roads and trails with it and so far it has been up to the challenge. I think the torsion bar assist system (not a sway bar) Claude designed for it has helped a lot.

    Charlie
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  17. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    :wave Hi Charlie - good meeting you in CdA!
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  18. Square4

    Square4 Been here awhile

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    Charlie; great to meet you at the USCA rally last week. The thing that surprised me was that your rig seemed to handle well on the forest roads and your dogs were sleeping when you were bouncing across the ruts, rocks and drainage ditches. If we could get your dogs to talk then we would learn how good that sidecar is and how good you are at driving it. You must be doing something right since they were eager to follow your every command to mount and dismount.

    Steve
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  19. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Hey, Charlie! I had no idea that the rig was fresh off the assembly line!

    Hell yes that rig can handle gravel and "smoothish" dirt roads without hardly waking up the dogs. But glad our route wasn't through some swamp or a field of rocks! :rofl Claude would be pissed if we broke it!

    Seriously, though, enjoyed our ride together and getting to know you and your beasts.

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  20. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Drone wrote:
    >>>glad our route wasn't through some swamp or a field of rocks! Claude would be pissed if we broke it!<<<<
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    Ride it like you stole it Charlie. If the rocks get ya we'll add the fork expensions or the leading link we spoke of. :D
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