GL1500 hacked

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by GreatWhiteNorth, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Finally got my CSC Friendship II hung on my GL1500. Still got a bit to do... fine tuning the rigging, connecting it electrically, and I will be installing a Steerite triple tree, install progressive front springs and replace the seals/scrapers while I'm at it. It's been a bit challenging as I've done much of the work outside in a shelter (no heat), and it's winter here! Looking forward to those first rides in spring!

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  2. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I hear ya about building it outside,I'm on my 2nd build in a 12x12 shed.
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  3. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    Wow! Working outside in wintertime, in Winnipeg, in a ghetto barn! You are committed! Great job on the build in what must be adverse conditions!
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  4. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    My wife used the word "desperate". When the weather turns nice in spring, I want to be riding ASAP. Summers are short here (too short). I bought that sidecar last February, so it took me a while to get my act together. We've had a freakishly mild winter so far, with wild temperature swings... minus 20C yesterday, and supposed to be back up around zero tomorrow. Normally we have a pretty steady state minus 20C (or a lot colder!) this time of year. I'm not so tough... but it was about minus 7-10C for most of the afternoon while I was working outside - Brrr! I hate winter BTW.
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  5. brockoli

    brockoli build of cool stuff

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    Glad to see it's going together. Do your final alignment after the Steerite is installed. It's tough working out in the cold. We are putting siding up on the new shop this week and next but thankfully, we too, have had a balmy winter. It was 8 degrees today! Usually it's below freezing with snow. I'm thinking of taking off the studded snow tire to save them for next winter. Put the big summer boots on until it snows again, haha.
    Happy New Year,
    Brock Smith
    Side Effects

    P.S. Keep that electrical tape in your pocket so it actually sticks when you use it ;-)
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  6. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Thnx Brock. Yes, will do regarding fine tuning. I`ve stll got to set toe-in properly. I would like to ride it just once with stock front end so I can feel for myself how much the Steerite lightens up the steering - so looking forward to finally riding the rig.

    Good luck getting the new shop finished. Hoping to drop by for a visit one day, and best wishes to you guys in the new year. Cheers

    Daryl
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  7. brockoli

    brockoli build of cool stuff

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    Thanks, Ride safe.
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  8. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Finally installed my Side Effects "Steerite" modded triple trees on my GL1500. As I had a blown front fork seal, I also took the time to totally rebuild the front end - new bushings, seals, Progressive springs and installed a Blackwing fork brace too. As I wanted to stiffen up the front end, I used 15W Bel-Ray fork oil, and I installed air valves/fittings on the fork caps so I can runs a few PSI air pressure too. What a difference in the ride & handling! The modded triple trees probably rake the front end out about 3-4 inches total. This really is like adding power steering... which is how Peter & Brock from Side Effects describe it. I found the steering effort greatly reduced, and it's almost like it quickens the steering too. This sure makes highway riding much easier - easy to ride 1 handed now. Nice to finally get around to completing the transformation to a sidecar rig - now it's ready for a road trip :clap

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  9. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Looks real good.:thumb
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  10. pops

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    You have a nice looking setup there :clap:clap

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  11. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Pops - any pics in particular you want to see (eg. detail shots)? The last 2 pics with the wife onboard are pre front end mod.

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  12. pops

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    Thank you for the extra photos:clap
    The wife just said after seeing your set up ,
    "We should have kept ours and just got a sidecar like yours put on it "

    Ours was very heavy to steer with the wide one and half sidecar and i did not know about modded triple trees at the time ,
    We could not afford to get a L Link.
    We also got a lot of wind from the sidecar hitting you as you rode ,with a sidecar like yours that would not have been a issue :cry

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    Cheers Ian
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  13. GreatWhiteNorth

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    Hi Pops. Yup, the CSC Friendship is reasonably slick top down. I did find tho adding the sidecar turned it into an instant gas guzzler. I don't notice any buffetting effect from the sidecar - I guess it's narrow (and streamlined) enough, positioned far enough back and far enough away from the bike that this doesn't create a problem. Plenty of space between the bike and car for the air to funnel thru. Just came back from a big loop thru the country with plenty of highway driving. So much nicer with the Steerite. I'm quite happy overall with the CSC Friendship II, but wouldn't pass up a Friendship III if I found a good deal on one. Would be nice to have a little more room, not that the wife is complaining. She finds the sidecar very comfortable.
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