Hacking our way North by Northwest…

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    I suppose we should be posting this in a Ride Reports forum, but it is so much more appropriate to post a sidecar adventure here among all my Hack brethren’s. Trying to emulate Hacker inmates who have done it; Mikepa, MzCountryboy, Beemerchef and many others, also encouraging other Hackers to take the high roads of adventure. We hope the powers to be that run this ADV site will allow us to continue our trip report in the Hack Forum.

    Inmate Abenteuerfahrer; here again, as some of you may know, part of my retirement has been riding the good ole’ USA and Canada two up in 2007 and then solo Newfoundland/Labrador last year. Having just completed; farkled, and attached Jay’s Dauntless Tub to the hip of our 2005 1200GS so that I can schlep my Brooklyn Frau with me….we’re ready to roll north by northwest.


    Also as the ride reports unfold let us introduce to you ”Brunhilde”, our robust, well endowed, gas thirsty 1200GS and “Ingrid” our sidecar, so named in honor of our loyal, faithful longhaired Dachshund that has given us so much joy in our life.

    We hope to post scenic/cultural/hack-oriented pictures and some perspectives from a deaf couple as we trek to the great white North: Alaska and the rest of Sara Palin’s, “I can see Russia from my window”…. State! Posting will be sporadic from NC to the beginning of the Northwest but will be more frequent once entering the wilderness. If you see us and shout, but if you get no response…..that’s us! We welcome any and all comments, questions, etc. that you may wish to post. We look forward to this epic journey in good company…along with you.


    Cheers…your couple on the road


    Ready to roll.....NC....>>....AK

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    Ingrid along for the ride...

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    Slab tested the Tug and Tub for 670 miles straight to Ohio through humid; cold heavy rains; various elevations..etc. All went well, except poor gas mileage..anything from 26-29 mpg. Speeds were mostly 65 mph on the slab with an occassional surge to 85 mph. Plenty of power reserve for all occassions. No vibrations whatsoever from the Dynabeaded tires.

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    Rolling along at 65 mph..steady as she goes..

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    Taking the grandkids for a sidecar ride to Starbucks..in Monroe, Oh.

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    Here riding through Monroe. Notice that the sidecar wheel is not square of 90 degrees? I noticed the tire street wear as well, it isn't centered. Solution??

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    Tomorrow it's westward Ho...!
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  2. Nemo DeNovo

    Nemo DeNovo Banned

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  3. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi iHOP....dunno which routes. All are good. Plan on taking the roads less traveled. If all goes well with the Tub n' Tug..then we'll take on the Dempster to Inuvik as an appetizer for the Haul road to Deadhorse???...uh!...:cry
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  4. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Litewait...pm'ed ya!
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  5. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Lookin good. Subscribing to this one!
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  6. Dr Jim

    Dr Jim Been here awhile

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    I agree with Walt - nice job on the photo mark-up too - there's something FUBAR in the sidecar's swingarm geometry - my hunch is that the stub axle itself may be welded on off-axis, but it's also possible that the swingarm's pivot itself could have been misaligned.

    Either would produce the camber we're all seeing - I think you need to forward these posts to Jay at Dauntless for his opinion, you may need to stop off in the NorthWet to get the swingarm changed.

    As long as there's adequate fender clearance, and the sidecar tire isn't wearing abnormally fast, the couple of degrees of camber shouldn't hurt the handling very much. I'd be a BIT paranoid though, and carefully check the axle's fore-and-aft orientation too - a fraction of a degree of toe-in or toe-out relative to the sidecar's frame can have pronounced effects on pull and headshake.

    The Cozy/Globe sidecars mount their stub axles on a movable plate whose slots have about 1" of fore-aft motion, and about 1/2" of side-to-side play. It's a bit of a Dog's Breakfast to set one up - I used to put a Magic Marker spot of the wheel rim, and use a set of inside calipers to measure from the frame to the wheel to set the proper toe-in and lead. This involved a lots of swearing and waving about of large rubber mallets.

    Have a good trip & flip us a PM when you get up this way....

    Cheers

    Jim
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  7. mikepa

    mikepa SideCzarist

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    Excellent photo-analysis Litewait! Something is definitely a bit dodgy with the trailing arm set-up, and as noted, this may have been "fixed" when it was welded up, not an assembly error on 'Fahrer's part I wouldn't think? I'd jack that wheel off the ground, grab it across the diameter, and give it a hefty push/pull to make sure that bearings are (relatively) tight. If the wheel hub is secure, then I would also guess it's safe, but may cause some abnormal tire wear, and the only "fix" would be to suffer the down-time to have it checked out at Dauntless as Elmer and Sharon swing through the Great NorthWET. It would take some time to do it right, welding probably, then powder-coating, unless a quick rattle can spray job is good enough until they're home for service and maintenance.

    Best,
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  8. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Not much to report as we're slabbing the interstates due to inclement weather patterns..looking for El Sol...where are you??

    First of all, thank you very much Litewait, Dr. Jim, and Mikepa for yor analysis and input on the limping Tub leg! Although like Dr. Jim said that it might be OK...if no fender rubbing or performance is interferred with. However, like you all said that it WILL eat into my Tucks back-up tire. We have decided to shoot for Jay's stable and get it straightened after transitting some sights through the states of SD; ND; Mt...

    So far the trip has been uneventful except gas mileage...25-30 mpg. It's been cold, rainy and windy. Today it's 50 degrees in Sioux Falls. Planning on a 2 day R+R here.

    Here are a few not so grand pictures taken underway. We rode 670 miles on the first try and felt just great; then 480; today 400 miles.


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    It's been years since I last have seen reversible/rewashable cloth handtowels..but the machine on the left, errr...can you tell I'm at a truck stop

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    Prarie..oh so beautiful!
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    Got 25 mpg by using the 89'er octane...

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    The entire station smelled of spilled Ethanol....ah, Iowa Corn...
    I am sure that our BMW comp compensates for the lack of octane???..am losing 20 hp of my 100 hp....



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    Obama does it...


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    The famous 3-inch Minnessota Mosquito..??:eek1 :lol3

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    Oelwein(oiled wine)..anyone, only 35 miles:freaky :eek1

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    Brunhilde and Ingrid at rest...

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  9. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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  10. Andrew2

    Andrew2 Team 250

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    Speaking of which....

    "Have fun at the Alpine, post some pics and I'll post some from the Sidecar rally."

    Well......:deal
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  11. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    The pictures are just wonderful---captures the spirit of traveling on a motorcycle. Can't get any better than this for a armchair wannabee!!!

    I'm watching this...

    Hondachopper
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  12. HighScore

    HighScore No More, all done.

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    I think I can see still my dog running away in this photo (he left three days ago). Gotta love Minnesota:evil
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  13. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Since we are a product of Deaf Schools and their education system, we decided to visit CSD (Communication Services for the Deaf) in town. CSD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad–based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

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    Hall of fame room dedicated to well known deaf leaders... my frau worked for 3 of them at different times.

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    This is a picture of graduating seniors from the New York School for the Deaf in 1930's where my frau's father attended. Funny that during those days they wore military uniforms, carried a rifle and marched but were not allowed to join the military because of their deafness.

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    This poster (designed and made by a well known deaf artist) is of Ben Soukup, founder of CSD in 1975 and currently CEO.
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    This is a new public video phone where deaf people can make a call to the relay center to talk with hearing people (or vice versa). There are hundreds of relay center all over the USA and many other video relay service companies providing services for the deaf.
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    This is a portable version of video phone available provided by a company called "ZVRS"
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  14. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Street Art...

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    Typical western town buildings...

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    US court house build of solid granite..

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    Painted cast bronze...

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    Commemorating the event at this site...

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    Locals recommended the best Sushi place in the US..Sushi Masa in Sioux Falls, SD??? Excellent...

    これは本当に最高だった

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    No helmet necessary....no helmets required in SD

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    Cheers....off to the Black Hills tomorrow...stay tuned
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    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Best Sushi in the US would be Matsuhisa in Aspen. (IMO) Kenichi in Aspen is damned good too.
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  16. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Elmer,
    Just spoke to Brian and he is in Spokane. Said he hit some snow in route. He plans to go see Jay at Dauntless to say hello if he can get in touch with him.
    Hopefully you all can hook up at some point.
    Keep the posts coming.Good reporting :clap
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  17. koifarm

    koifarm Twas ever thus!

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    Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh, you would have posted that sushi when I was hungry.....my favorite dish, bar none.....spent some time in Tokyo back a few years ago and absolutely love that stuff....Domo Arigato Abente san.
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  18. brosanc

    brosanc WormGuy

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    Hello Elmer & Sharon,
    I made it to Spokane yesterday after 2950 miles. I traveled the entire trip across on Hwy 2 from the Machinaw Bridge in MI. Lot of head winds, rain and 66 mph days. Then I had wind, rain and snow too. When I woke yesterday morning in East Glacier Park, MT it was quite frosty, then turned to quite snowy. I trie to take the Hwy to the Sun past St Mary's but the snow was too much and the pass was still being plowed out. They say that it will take another 2-3 weeks to clear the pass. I then left East Glacier heading to West Glacier. More snow ! I considered going back and waiting it out, but kept going. The snow lasted for about 10 miles and started to accumulate on the sides of the roads and on my visor. :puke1
    I'm leaving Spokane in the morning (Wed) heading for Bellingham to meet up with my son. Ian & I will hang out for a few days until Sunday when Ellie flys in. I have to go to South Sound BMW to pick up a tire I ordered sometime before Sunday. Are you folks going to be in Seattle in the next few days ? Hope to hear from you !

    Brian
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  19. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Rain rain go away, come again another day!!!

    We haven't seen the sun since leaving NC except for one day in Ohio visiting the grandkids. Left Siuox City, SD under sprinkling skies this morning and it was somewhere in the 40's. We donned our Gerbing heated jacket and on top of all other layers we had on we threw on our Walmart rain jacket & pants thinking that'll do. Well....about 100 miles down the road it started to rain a bit harder and harder. Not wanting to stop and change over to our full rainsuit that was tucked nice and dry in one of our compartment, we kept going.
    Wearing our "BMW waterproof" gloves, Elmer's glove stayed dry until few hours later...the "wiper" on his left index finger came in handy as he wiped up raindrops from his helmet and my gloves leaked like a sieve. After the Badlands...the rain gods decided to hold off on the rain and Elmer stripped his Walmart raingear...tucked it underneath the yellow sack that was tied down on the rear seat thinking it would be snug...it was not. We thought we've seen the last of his Walmart raingear. Riding 65mph on Route 44, a rancher and his 2 dogs in a pick-up truck passed us and stopped up ahead, got out and held out the Walmart raingear saying he found it a few miles back. God bless the ranchers of SD!!!
    The rain gods decided to visit us, once again while we stopped for coffee at Starbucks in Rapid City, spilling all the rain into sidecar. As soon as we checked into our motel---the sun came out. God bless the sun!!!


    I love rain....come again....la de da....

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    This one sure has got an awfully long horn!

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    Think we're gonna see John Wayne come out of the saloon..:lol3

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    Badlands in the distant rain...

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    Don't we look stuffed?!! :eek1
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    Didn't see any there...
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    Just imagine what it was like long ago...
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    Isolated Route 44..

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    there were trees...

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    and then came the Dinosaur...:huh

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    Got to Rapid City for tomorrows visit to the carved in stone Presidents.
    Scoured Town for a genuine Buffalo steak and some local brew...after a hard day of trenching rain....

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    Washed down with these...

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    Woman's point of view:
    Getting used to riding on the sidecar was easy. The seat is comfortable although I did add the sheepskin seat pad I had. It gives me an extra cushion for my tush. Plenty of room in the sidecar for me to move about. I keep all things handy in my backpack and it stays quite dry tucked forward in the sidecar. Storage is plentiful and there is room for a few more pairs of shoe...:wink: :D The wind does create an "updraft" when we're on the highway and makes it difficult for me to read a book...I think we need to tinker around with the design of the windshield a bit more. I'd like to replace our HJC helmets and find one that does not "leak" when it rains or fogs up. We have to keep ours open "a crack" to keep it from fogging up in the rain...I suppose that is true for many others. ??? Glad we have our Gerbing heated jacket liner...they do keep us nice and toasty. Cheerios...Sharon

    On the technical side:

    The bike has been running great except some chatter in first gear when taking off. The bike has been outfitted with Hyperpro shocks that were designed for hauling a 300# sidecar and it's gear. I must admit the shocks are a bit soft even with full preload in the rear and some in the front. The front seems to be softer. The 200/350# rated Progressive spring/shock on the sidecar are superb and highly recommended. Also is recommended the dynabeaded tires. They're running true. The Tourances are doing well, although a bit of wear is evident on the tilted sidecar wheel. The pusher Torurance is slowly showing it's flat spot as expected, but still has plenty rubber left. The front is as new as it could be.
    I must admit that I love the tilt actuator that Jay recommended. It is protected of course with a cover for inclement weather. Heavy sidewinds are a cinch to ride in if they are from the left...just tilt the sidecar and you're on your way. Pretty slick I must admit. Of course are crowns easily corrected on the road. So far so good..except like we all know..fuel economy..what can you do when your sidecar is as aerodynamic as a billboard!....cheers:clap
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  20. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi.. Claude..thanks for the update of Brosanc's whereabouts.

    YO, Brosanc..were still in Rapid City, SD. Starbucks has a hold on us in this weather, but are planning to move on today despite another full day of da' wet.

    Plan to be in Seattle sometime next week..don't know when..but at least no later than Thursday to see Jay at Dauntless on Friday. Gotta see some sights around here; Wyoming...Montana..Idaho. So far all's well except the rains, cold..and you 'snow"...Guess wer'e well acclimated for what's to come up in the Great White North???:eek1 :huh Enjoy your visit with son hope to see you guys in Seattle. If not, you'll be a week ahead of us while I suffer along with my frau in Las Vegas while she's working at a convention. :eek1
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