Hack'd KLR

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by hahnda, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Attaching sidecars to a KLR seems to be somewhat of a popular topic here so I thought I would post up a few pictures of a rig I recently set up for a customer.

    Brand new 2009 KLR650 with 19 miles when it came in. Modifications to the bike for sidecar duty include a fork brace, progressive springs out front, and raising links in the rear. Subframe used in place of the Velorex universal kit. The sidecar is a new Velorex 563.

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    Very fun rig to drive. The Velorex is a nice size for the KLR. The black Velorex and black KLR turned out to be a pretty sharp looking unit. :ricky
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  2. Daytrader

    Daytrader Elitist Bastard

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    Looks cool. How does it corner?
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  3. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Not bad. If you take a right hander hot with the chair empty it will lift but its predictable. With about 50lbs in the sidecar it feels very stable. Its not one of those rigs where you step on the left footpeg and the chair flies up in the air.
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  4. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Very nice outfit. I bet the Velorex is a good match. It looks like you are using the DMC(Dauntless) subframe. I like those, they sure are a lot easier than fabbing the subframe yourself, and they fit well and work!

    Looking forward to seeing your ride reports:clap
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  5. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Yep its a DMC subframe. Very sturdy unit and fit quite well. Much easier than fabbing one, and honestly its cheaper than if I did my own as far as the time I would have into it.

    Sorry but you won't be seeing any ride reports from me on it. Its leaving here in about 2 hours. Its headed to the wilds of northern Wisconsin near the WI/MI border.
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  6. Sparrowhawkdesign

    Sparrowhawkdesign Been here awhile

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    Now that's a great match and looks good also. Great job. Barry
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  7. Norms 427

    Norms 427 Been here awhile

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    Nice setup!

    What tire is that on the hack? Size? I can't tell but it looks like it has a flatter profile across the tread than a normal m/cycle tire.
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  8. D.Bachtel

    D.Bachtel Been here awhile

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    When a rider is mounted does the rig loose that nose down attitude?
    Maybe it's just an illusion....

    Don in Nipomo
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  9. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    130/90-16. Its a MATIS tire, it came with the Velorex. It might look a bit flatter in the pics but not really. Its pretty much a normal motorcycle profile.
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  10. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Yes it does loose the nose down look when a rider is on the bike.
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  11. D.Bachtel

    D.Bachtel Been here awhile

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    Nice Guzzi on your site.

    Don in Nipomo
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  12. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Which one?
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  13. D.Bachtel

    D.Bachtel Been here awhile

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    White one for sale... I'll revisit and look at the others.
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  14. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Good looking tow rig.

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  15. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Nice , Looks like a good setup to use year-round.

    Your up in one of the best fishing area's in the midwest. Spent a lot of time up your way in my younger days.
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  16. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    that is a nice rig
    well done
    appreciate you sharing with us
    is the new owner a member of this fine forum?

    please ask him to join, if he isn't (or she, of course)
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  17. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Nope not a member of this forum. He has been shopping hacks for the last 1o years and finally decided now was the time. I'll pass on a link to this thread and see if he has any interest in joining.
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  18. Bladeforger

    Bladeforger Been here awhile

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    That's a recommendation I'll certainly remember--especially coming from a guy who built his own shop. Nice blog. I read it all the way back to the first post of your Scrambler Cycle shop being built.

    Keith
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  19. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    Sounds like you might be interested in a sidecar?

    The owner is still quite happy with his rig. Feels it a great setup and working well for him.

    The subframe on the KLR is pretty much a "need to have". DMC makes a good one.

    Hope you didn't get to bored wading through my blog.

    Kevin
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  20. sh1bby69

    sh1bby69 Been here awhile

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    Man I love it! Just bought my KLR and down the link to outfit it to a sidecar! I want to do a ride from Orange County, CA to Alaska with my wife and my dog. Looks great!
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