Cozy Rocket

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by richardak, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Last winter, I installed a Cozy Rocket on my airhead BMW using a DMC subframe and 70 degree mounts. They also made an additional rear crossmember I welded in to work with their mounts as well as modify the Cozy front mount. To me, the mounting is solid and easy to adjust with essentially no flexing between the sidecar frame and the bike. At 200 lbs, no additional ballast is needed as I can't pick up the sidecar wheel using the "stand on the left peg, hold onto the handlebars and throw your weight away from the bike" rule of thumb.

    I did change out the spring over shock on the sidecar with an extra Progressive model from my bike to soften the ride. Now the springing of the sidecar and the bike seem pretty similar and it's adjustable. Before, they could have had a solid bar instead of a shock and it wouldn't have ridden any worse. The passenger compartment is small though I installed the sidecar to be able to ride through the winter here in interior Alaska not to carry a passenger. After studding the tires and adding a silicone heat pad on the oil pan and battery, I used the rig as long as it was above -20F.

    After fine tuning the alignment and balancing the sidecar wheel (it took 5 oz!) I've been using it daily and put on 5K miles on the rig including quite a few miles on gravel roads. No obvious problems. The welds and overall fit and finish seem fine.

    The few times I see mention of Cozy within the Hacks forum, it's usually accompanied by something like "Shock , horror *shudder* , he/she used a Cosy".

    Am I missing something obvious?

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  2. Alaskahack

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    Itvsounds like your doing everything right Richard I would just ignore a lot of what you read and just have fun
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  3. FR700

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    A sense of humor ? :scratch

    Did you miss the smilie ?





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  4. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    For some reason the smile didn't survive the cut and paste. Didn't mean to single your comment out but it was convenient and has the general tone of what I've been told. But haven't heard why they have such a bad reputation on this and other forums. I'm planning a long trip next summer and wanted to try and find out what problems I may have with it.
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  5. FR700

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    Try to look at it in a similar light as when people discuss mopar , ford or chevies. There will always be some who do not like one or the other and can regale you with their shortcomings.

    Cosy's like most subject matters regarding sidecars have accumulated a lot of myth around them. What some fail to comprehend is that how they are mounted and then ridden plays a pivotal role ... as a certain globe trotting ural rider found out about his steed.

    Wait till you buy a harley like I did ... it really pisses the know-all's right off when I have more derogatory jokes about harley's than they do :lol3.


    Enjoy your ride and have fun.


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  6. Alaskahack

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    Where you headed to Richard?
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  7. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Kind of thinking about here to MN to southern CA and back.
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  8. Alaskahack

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    Are you going to use the ferry system?


    I'm thinking Victoria Island and then the coast highway to SF
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  9. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    No, probably the Cassiar, drop down into MT, east to MN, down to L.A., then north to AK.
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    Do it! Stop by when you're headed south on Hwy 1 from SF.
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  11. boyd32450

    boyd32450 Dirt Newbie

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    I don't know anything about a Cozy but it looks like a nice little rig. People are always going to second guess you. I think its in our nature to do so. I just bought a Ural and you wouldn't believe the naysayers Ural owners have to put up with. Alot of it is in fun and you should treat it all that way. If the rig is safe and you like it "screw em". My Ural drives like a tractor and sounds like a Singer but I love it.
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  12. Melrone

    Melrone Been here awhile

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    Star looking at Drones thread will explain allot or send me a PM I'll tell you my fun with those boys..I don't want to start a war on your thread....
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  13. DavePave

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    The only bad thing I've heard about Cozy's is the large rubber bands they use as shock absorbers of the rear of the car.

    The rubber tends to dry rot with age, so when the bands let go you'll have issues.

    That wouldn't stop me from buying one if I liked it's other qualities & appearance. I'd just check the bands once in a while and maybe keep a few spares on hand.

    Nice rig, BTW.
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    Heck, if you built it you can fix anything that needs it. Ride and enjoy. Go adopt a dog so you'll always have someone to ride with, and they never argue about where to eat.
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  15. davide

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    +1 on the dog! Nice rig, btw.
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    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    +2 on the dog suggestion.The world looks exactly the same if your ridding an airhead cozy a klr enduro or Claude,DMC or Hannigans finest effort powered by delusions of granduer.But get the dog they're well worth the effort.DB
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  17. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Thank you, the bands are readily available and pretty cheap. I replaced 4 of the 6 last winter as the local Enfield dealer says that 6 is too many. Maybe for loads heavier than a single passenger. The Cozy India site mentions that the rear rack will hold an additional passenger :eek1
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  18. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    We have a couple of dogs but they seem too excitable and want to jump out barking at everything they pass.

    This Cozy was an experiment to see if I like driving a hack. One of these days I'll look for something more suitable but for now, this is a blast.:clap
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    That's all that matters :clap
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  20. DavePave

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    Now that's funny... I am sure some people would carry a water buffalo if it would fit in the sidecar.
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