Homebuild leaning sidecar

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  1. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    So I was thinking about sidecars for a year or two when I had a weekend without plans last March (that's rare) and a garage full of suplies. At the end of the weekend I had a functional leaner on my Suzuki streetfighter. I've driven around 3000km last summer, just to see if I like sidecar riding enough to build a serious one on one of my BMW K bikes.

    I will try to keep this thread up-to-date with the progress I'm making.

    I started with a some piping on the ground just as a plan next to the Suzuki (in Dutch the bike is called Snavelfiets which means something like Beakbike).

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    The swing arm and wheel I got from a Citroen I took apart some years ago.

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    The damper comes from a Suzuki Savage. I fixed and sold one of those 10 years earlieer and somehow this spring remained in my garage.

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    After 5 minutes thinking I went to the local hardware store and bought me some 40x40x3 square tubing. New simplified lay out:
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    Fender in place:
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    Subframe on Suzuki:
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    Creating an arch for a new damper attachment location:

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    And all build together:
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    Mounted an old fish-transport-crate to it and first test drive:
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    And a very short movie to prove it's funktional:
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  2. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    After driving around for a month I was getting used to it so much that I wasn't paying attention enough and I hit a ships boulder with the sidecar frame when driving on a harberside.
    Whoops.
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  3. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    With help of a hydraulic jack and a butane flame everything was back in shape in under 30 minutes.

    I got a steel Polish Junak tub lying around for over 6 years that I plan to use. The passenger is a Hybrid II 6year old Crash Dummy I got from my former job.

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  4. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Right turns could be real hard to do so I relocated the swing arm:

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    This proved to be a real improvement, I suddenly could drive around at normal speeds without tankslappers.

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    Mounted a lamp too:
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  5. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Time to fix the Junak tub:

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    Made a screen from scrap I had lying around:

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    Just placed it on the frame to see what it looks like:

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  6. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Youngest daughter trying the Beakbike for comfort:
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  7. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Creating a chair from foam I found somewhere in the back of my attic:

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    Manly work behind the Singer machine:
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  8. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Seat ready:
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  9. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Now I'm preparing a black BMW K100RS so I can mount a new frame (round tubing) to it and drive my 2 daughters around.

    It is all supposed to look something like this:
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    And this is the bike I'm preparing. I've just replaced the engine since the original engine had a strange rattle I didn't trust.

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  10. FR700

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  11. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    WOW! Nice work. Interested to see what you come up with for mounts on the K.
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  12. gkam

    gkam Adventurer

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    Nice job!
    No need for a brake in the side car?
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  13. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Hellracer, tell me something I don't know :D:rofl:evil
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  14. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    @ Max: You are way to international to be un-informed!
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  15. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    :d
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  16. pops

    pops Long timer

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    Wow :1drinkI love your work .Thank you for posting .

    This is a great photo.
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  17. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    And he hasn't even shown his car. C'mon Hellracer, put a pic and some info on, bet it's pretty much unknown abroad :D
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  18. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    You mean my East German "Volkswagen" ?
    A Trabant 601s. A twostroke two cilinder car with just 24hp made of Duroplast (resin re-enforced fabric fibres).

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    I've got it for 20 years. It's enjoying a quite life of just 1500km per year now since we've got 2 full size Volvo's to fulfill our daily transportation needs.
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  19. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    :clap:clap
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  20. miggins11

    miggins11 Been here awhile

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    Great work!
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