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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    KOIFARM.....

    Thank you for your kind words. You and others were of course an inspiration and of great support when our spirits were broken. You have no idea of how delighted we were and beyond words your enthusiastic support revived our spirits, gave us strength to continue...how much faith we now have in humankind.

    1) As for our next adventures: Sharon wants to dig South America when we heard the incredible stories of a couple that ventured down south in their "old" VW bus.

    2) Then I would like to take the Missus to Newfoundland and beyond(Labrador) whose soil she has yet to touch.

    3) Then again I would like to do the TAT(Trans America Trail) with my fellow 60's + deafies...from Jellico, TN>the surfs of Oregon? All trails; gravel; mud; river crossings; snow...desert.., eh

    Any suggestions??

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  2. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Wonderful report and pics. Thanks for taking the time to share it with all of us!
  3. koifarm

    koifarm Twas ever thus!

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    Any suggestions??

    Ice cream comes to mind......:lol3

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  4. brosanc

    brosanc WormGuy

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    Elmer & Sharon,
    TAT ? When you going ? Do you want some company ? :evil
    Brosanc

  5. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Dad gum it I need to close the shop and go with you guys...:eek1 :eek1 .you are making me jealous:D :D
  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Wooooo BROSANC.....you've been found!:D

    Eh, love a good company of ADVriders..but the TAT cannot be done with our 600 kilo "Pigs"..1200GS n' sidecar:eek1 ...got to get "skinny" bikes:huh
  7. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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  8. Stroker

    Stroker motorcycle traveler

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    Bravo Amigos!:clap Thank you for sharing your wonderful ADVERTURE with us. Where to next? Best...Stroker
  9. brosanc

    brosanc WormGuy

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    Hey Elmer I pm'd you !
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  10. Henry James

    Henry James Looking for Adventure

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    Thanks for taking me along for the ride. You have a way with words and photos.
    Thanks
  11. RoGoRider

    RoGoRider Adventurer

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    Hi,

    This is Sue and Bob Gould from Micatech. We loved your photos and trip reports. Your sidecar is terrific. Glad the Pilots are holding up.

    Please come visit us in New England on your way to Newfoundland and Labrador. We'd love to join you as we haven't made it to Newfoundland yet.

    By the way, Bob did the Continental Divide trip a few years back with several friends and he'd love to discuss with you.

    Best to you both! :clap






  12. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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  13. koifarm

    koifarm Twas ever thus!

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    Hey guys....been missing your trip posts but the upside is that I've lost another 9 lbs since you stopped posting...maybe it's the food posts?
    I've been following the kids on the Alaska trip, what a thing with the bear hey?.....that bad boy was up front and close....and awful nice of the couple to stop and give them shelter.....I've also been posting suggestions for food photo's and gave them an A+ for the cinnamon bun pic....:rofl
    Hope all is well with you both, are you planning your next trip?.....
    I still go to your posts every now and then and still enjoy going back over segments of the journey, what a wonderful trip.....
    Catch up with you soon....just wanted to say hello....
    koifarm
  14. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Likewise, Howdy..... Koifarm...Oh, we have been hittting the gym to shed some of that road food fat that caused the axle to shear--???...according to Shaun's post?? He,he...

    Another trip is always on our minds. Just got some stuff for the sidecars cockpit. It's a cockpit rain poncho cover all in all. Got the scoop from Litewait and iHop. Great product. Am still waiting for Jay at Dauntless for the car wheel/tire that they're producing, so far no news yet otherwise I'll have to get new Tourances for the January run to warm Florida...eh! Oh, YES, this young couple doing the T2T; the bear...etc...cool neat couple...wish we had taken the Dempster too, alas still another time..!
  15. koifarm

    koifarm Twas ever thus!

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    Let me know when you plan to hit Florida, If possible we should have a nice dinner somewhere.....
  16. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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  17. BMWzenrider

    BMWzenrider The Road Scholar

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    Sorry that I missed this excellent RR thread. I was on the road at about the same time and was not keeping up with stuff online.

    Let me start by saying that a rotating axle supported inboard of the wheel is not in and of itself a bad concept.
    It has been done sucessfully for many years and a great many miles on LOTS of vehicles, including some pretty ourtrageous off-road racers in Baja and Dakar.
    What do you think a driven axle is???

    However, as a Mechanical Engineer with a background in machine design and looking at the total failure of the axle in question that occured, it sure appears to be a case of faulty design in this case.
    I can clearly see fatigue failure propagation of the metal in the axle at the fracture site in the photos that were posted.

    Let me explain briefly.

    When you bend metal back and forth repeatedly you create fatigue stresses in the crystaline structure of the metal. If the stress is below the elastic limit of the metal no permanent deformation of the metal occurs and all is fine, it just goes back to its original shape like a spring.

    IF however, the stress in any part of the metal get close to the plastic deformation zone for the material, that section will be permanently deformed and cause a change in the matrix of the crystal stucture of the metal. When it gets bent back the other way the process repeats. When you deform steel in this way it "work hardens" or becomes more brittle.
    If you keep bending the part back and forth eventually the metal begins to tear apart, and there is less and less metal to resist the bending, which just makes the stress in the remaining material even higher, and the rate of decay faster.
    Eventually there is not enough material left to resist the bending force at all and it lets go all at once.

    the telltale signs of this type of failure is an area of shallow smoother cracking near the surface of the part, often times looking like tree ring type growth working from the surface inward. Followed by a stubbly brittle failure of the center of the part at the point of rapid failure.

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    {fun for the home viewer}
    You can test fatigue failure yourself with a paperclip.
    If you open it up and start bending it back and forth at one point you can see a crack starting to form before it eventually breaks in half.
    And you don't have to bend it 90 or 180 degrees to make it happen. You only need to bend it in the same spot just enough to make a permenant bend in the metal. The more angle of bend the fewer bends it will take, but even at only a 1-degree permanent bend each way in that paperclip you can get it to break in two if you keep doing it long enough.

    Try it!
    Bend one paperclip back and forth 90-degrees and count how many times it takes to break. Then repeat that at 45-degrees, etc...

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    NOW, take a look at WHERE the axle broke. There is a sharp shoulder/step right there!!! BAD DESIGN!!!!!!! :baldy
    Any sharp change in shape creates a large rise in the stress of the material at that point. That is why the ID of bearings have a radius on them, to allow the step on the spindle to have a RADIUS!!! That lets the stresses flow smoothly around the transition from one shaft diameter to the next and reduces the stress riser.

    {To test this effect, try bending one smooth paperclip back and forth, and then bend one of the ones that have the 'notches' in them back and forth right at one of the notches and see how much faster it fails.}

    Then to put that sharp stress riser just outside of where the axle was being supported put the weakest part of the shaft in the position seeing the highest possible bending stresses.

    Now think about that axle rotating at hundreds of RPM's for hours per day and think about how many times it was bending back and forth every time it went around....

    It wasn't just forseeable, it was inevitable!

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    The reason why a fixed spindle for a non-driven wheel is easier to get right with less effort/design is that it doesn't really ever see reversing stresses like a rotating shaft does. It only ever gets pushed on from one direction, up from below.
    That GREATLY reduces the fatigue stressed induced into the spindle, making the design much less critical.

    A rotating shaft with any kind of transitions will always need to be larger in cross section than a fixed spindle for the same wheel loads because of the reversing fatigue loads induced by the rotation of the axle.

    With proper material selection, correctly designed radius' at transitions and sufficient thickness of axle to keep the stresses outside of the fatigue limits this could have been prevented.
    THAT is why people who build stuff that puts life and limb in jeopardy REALLY need to hire someone who knows how to do the calculations and not just turn a machinist loose to create something that "looks" stout... :becca :bash :gun2

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    The repeated bearing failures followed by the seal failure of the third swingarm (indicating runout of the axle) would lead me to think that there is another problem at work here as well.
    My first thought would be to look at the bending loads on the axle as designed. It could simply not be robust enough for the given loads, causing the axle to flex under load causing bearing misalignment. That would account for the runout issue causing the early seal breach as well.
    Or it could be that the shell tube is not strong enough to hold the outer races in alignment properly when under load, again leading to premature bearing and seal failures.
    But without actual numbers, I would just be guessing.
  18. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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  19. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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  20. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    yes, i'm YEARS late to THIS "party"
    i came upon this thread because of your link from the "LET'S SEE YOUR HACKS" thread

    wow......
    entertaining
    suspenseful and much, much more
    i'm glad you made it home safely

    interested in your travels, because i'm considering sending my bike 2,500 miles to see jay... now at DMC (the same guy from Dauntless... yes?)

    dare i do that?
    no one wants to HACK my GT
    and i'm not willing to HACK my GS Adventure... because it's barely 2 months old
    so.....
    maybe i'll sell my GT and buy a barely used GS....
    and HACK THAT....

    who knows
    i surely can't figure it out

    thanks for the amazing RR....
    great stuff