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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by DELTATANGO, Jan 19, 2007.
Anybody ever put a sidecar on a K100?
Try here http://www.sidecar.com/megabbs/forum-view.asp?forumid=7
I believe thats what his is and it is a very nice outfit.
Just tell him a real good looking Canuck sent ya.
Try posting this in Old School, or maybe in Road Warriors.
EML makes a gorgeous outfit. Bring Money With.
K bikes need a subframe, and a leading link. Ka-ching.
A K100 is a great platform for a sidecar rig, and EML makes a great sidecar, but (as previously observed) it is a not inexpensive choice. I have a friend with a K100RT/EML rig that he bought already built and setup for about $13,000.
fasteddieb has his k11lt with an eml for sale in the flea market. he bought it from a friend of mine several years ago.
its a nice example of a kbike hack.
Something like this?
Lives in Mackay NQ Australia.
Built by well known frame wizard Bob Martin in Melbourne Aust.
PM me if you'd like more pics. Rusty.
Thanks for pics. That is very nice!
My K100 is just sitting there. I don't ride it much. Was looking for something inexpensive.
Whew. I was wondering about the thrill it must give the monkey to pass trucks on a 2-lane.
1993 K1100LT with Hannigan...Love it
The earlier K Bikes are still one of the most desirable bikes to hang a hack on. Pre para lever models are the choice of many due to simplicity and other things but all the models work well. The K100 and 1100 put out decent power and are very reliable. I have seen more than a few still going strong with no major rebuilds with well over 200k on the clock.
They are light enough in bare form to run a smaller sidecar if setup right but powerful and heavy enough to run any hack out there with.
The front end is not too bad in stock form as far as steering goes. To make steering easier if that is an issue one can add wider bars for more leverage, run the fork tubes up through the triple trees to reduce trail slightly, run a lower profile tire on the front to also reduce trail slightly and even swap the fork tubes left for right to also reduce trail.
I ran a K100 for a long time with the stock front end and even with short bars and it was okay. Some are more sensitive to steering effort than others but that is okay. Yes, you can add a leading link if desired or go other routes. You could go all out with car tires all around, a center hub front end and all of that. But the nice think about sidecaring is that you can get on the road and then modify or upgrade as you see fit as you go.
K Bikes are also a very easy bike to add a car tire to the rear on. We have done a lot of these conversions and it is a simple bolt on deal. The idea her eis to increase tire wear which can be an issue with conventional motorcycle tires. Is it woirht the investment? Well th ecycle tires that do th ebest are well over 100 bucks. Dunlop 491s are a popular choice. The car tires typically used are 165r15s. These are avaible at around 50 bucks from tire stores. Milage with a bike tire? lESS THAN 10K although some have squeaked out alitle more with a easy driving style and a really good setup. The car tire? We have seen upwards of 20,000 on a regular basis with a LOT more reported by one guy.
Anyhow...if you go to a sidecar Rally or to the sidecar specific sites on the net such as SCT (see link below) or Sidecar.com you will see that the K bikes from '85 on up to present are a very popular choice.
There is also a Yahoo group called 'kbmw' hosted by Brain Curry that has tons of info specifically on the older K Bikes.
Hope this helps.....I'd say go for it !!
i too have a 1985 K100RS that is asking for a new lease on life
sidecar and leading link, square tires, dog carrier rig
so i see some dude in tx has stuff, but $ is looking like 8-10k to get it built up.
what options are there?
this is a hard to find concept, i have not found the trick search word yet.
i know this bike of mine is a best beast to hack ... so now what
I really like. tech details? cost?