Cheap outfit by Cheap Ryder

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Cheap Ryder, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    Here is the starting point of a cheap sidecar built with readily available low tech. 1983 XS650 yamaha rat adventure bike and a 1980 CB650 honda rear wheel and swingarm. They both have the same size rear tire.I will post photos as I build this rig so some of you who would like to try hacking can get an idea what can be done for cheap. This rig is also for sale $795 for the bike or $995 for the completed rig. I am building this rig for my personal use so thanks in advance for all the warnings about danger. I have ridden my home built rigs as far north as the arctic circle and as far south as mexico city. I just brought home some salvage angle iron from where I work...it will work well with the salvaged honda and yamaha 4 wheeler packing crate rectangular tubing.
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  2. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Is that an XS1100 tank on the bike?
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  3. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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  4. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Keep us posted, I was just wondering about a DIY side car. My XS850 would make a good mule for it. I could cut up the parts XS850 for the side car wheel. Except its go shaft drive. Would be nice to have matching wheels.

    What are you going todo for the body?
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  5. Mungo

    Mungo Monarch 53

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    This is going to be good :clap :clap Keep the pics of the project coming Cheap Ryder. I'm a big fan of DIY sidecars. Got one myself, on a GS1000G. Have you got any pics of your previous outfits ?
    Mungo.
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  6. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Keep 'em coming man! Sweet project.:D
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  7. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    Here's mine.... Bultaco wheel, BSA swing arm, unknown shock, Honda (car) jack, $30 of 1"square tubing. Have 3 winters & over two thousand miles on it. I run studded knobbies. Been as fast about 75 mph & runs good, but has a little head shake at 20mph if I take both hands off the bars.... don't feel any if you're holding on. Been tinking of making Earls forks, but haven't got there yet.

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  8. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    I am slow getting this project rolling but work has been hectic severly limiting my fun time. Here are some old shots of my home builts. This one is on a GS550 Suzuki that we took down mexico way in january february from Washington state. The spare tire is tied under the sidecar and the sidecar seat is our sleeping pads suffed into nylon covers. We had two folding chairs in there somewhere also.
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  9. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    Here is a shot on the Dempster highway. The rig is a 75 or so CB750 honda with a homebuilt sidecar. The windshield is folded down because the passenger got dropped off in Hyder (therin lies another story). It had a modified triple tree and 5 gallon jeep can mounted like a saddlebag. I also carried another 5 gallon can of gas for a spare. With the electric fuel pump I could try to put 5 gallons of gas into the 4 1/2 gallon honda tank. Lots of fun at night at speed on the road to realize you have gas gushing out the cap of your gas tank. I ran a smaller countershaft sprocket and somewhere north of whitehorse the chain broke and blew a hole in the engine case that you could look in and see gears. A couple of tubes of JB weld and some thin aluminum and it made it home. This one had a GPZ550 rear suspension for the sidecar plus one helper standard shock.
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  10. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Cool pictures KEEP EM COMING PLEASE. I rememebr the article on your Alaska trip in Hack'd.
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  11. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    Haha. JB Weld and aluminum is a precious thing indeed! I bet there's still a Ducati Paso out there somewhere I glued back to life in '99 in a similar fashion when the chain snapped and punched a golf-ball sized hole right through the gasket, between the crankcase and the cover :D
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  12. sperkins

    sperkins Been here awhile

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    nice pics! that is crazy cool that you have driven to the arctic circle!
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  13. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    Sometime I will have to educate myself on video . I have a VHS of us hanging out at midnight at the arctic circle trying to drink beer thru our
    mosquito headnets. My friend had a homebuilt on a CB900 honda with the high and low range transmission. The guy in the photo was riding a CB750 with no second gear. After the dempster we took a fast loop over the top of the world highway and hammered back to washington.
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  14. MartyL

    MartyL Been here awhile

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    Cheap rider. I have a 1976 XS650C. Great bike! I had it since new when I was in the 11th. grade. Check out MikeXS for parts and also type in on google XS650 and you'l find the XS650 site with tons of pics of project XS650's. good luck with your project......:clap
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  15. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Hiya, Cheap Ryder! :wave

    Well, well, well. It seems I remember talking about hacks with you whilst chatting late into the evening a fortnight ago.

    Looks like a friggen great start! I'd be thinking about buying it myself except I've been thinking about another bike; a little Honda trials machine. :wink:

    Aaaaaaanyway, can't wait to be up in your neck of the woods for a view of the project in the flesh.

    :thumb

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  16. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    Here are a few of the items to build a sidecar. The square tubing is from yamaha 4 wheeler shipping crates. They usaly just sell this stuff for scrap metal. If you have a yamaha dealer around that sells 4 wheelers see if you can grab some of this stuff. Arc welder...buzz box that plugs into where my electric clothes drier plugs in plus some 6013 rod. Half inch drill to drill the mounting holes. Sawsall that cuts anything...metal scultpting tool. Another bike...this project is ratcheting up to a higher level. I found this beautifull old TT500 yamaha that I had to have. So I might have to use the damaged fork lift guard in the back of the truck to make a subframe and mount this setup in a sanitary way. Beer for the contemplation of esoteric addendems such as a sidecar wheel powered 12 volt alternator so I can run sume electric clothes and real lights. Let the welding begin.
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  17. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    here is the same bike from the first photo in this thread. It could be yours for $695.00
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  18. nodab

    nodab Adventurer

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    Greetings from Seattle Cheap Ryder. Nice to see you are still dabbling in sidehacks. In the winter of 1981-82, Cheap Ryder, then known by a much more common name, loaned me a sidecar frame formerly owned by Evel Knievel. I had a daily commute through the snow and had two motorcycles but not enough money for a car. He took pity on me and mounted it to my CB500. Bolted a wooden army footlocker full of rocks to it for ballast and away I went. I'm now looking for the same setup for my DR650 so I can strap my trials bike to it and get to the sections without spending a small fortune for gas. Let me know if you want to go into production, sounds like a great excuse for a trip to Helena!
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  19. Cheap Ryder

    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    Long time no see. Tell us about the ice storm and sliding in the ditch. As a matter of fact I am going to pick up a new MIG welder this week and start on my garage project. All thanks to escalating home prices and a home equity loan. I plan on doing some sidecars so stay tuned. Check out www.KLR650.com for some sidecars on KLR's. Peace love and light.
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  20. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Mr. Cheaprider did you get her done?
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