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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Mac, Apr 13, 2010.
VERY nice looking rig!!!!!!
Looks great! Love the paint.
Do you know what the lean angle limits are with your sidecar? Just curious.
No limit due to the sidecar, when leaning to the left. To the right there is a bumper that the head will touch if you try to lean too far.
If you want real tech info on this, recommend you email Ralph Kalich at email@example.com
Depends on the type of motorcycle you attach the leaner sidecar to.
A good leaner should be able to reach in the order of 40° from vertical when leaning towards the sidecar body.
I know it's been a while, and maybe this is an inappropriate question, but, can you delineate the price breakdown for buying this sidecar from Kalich in Germany and shipping to the States? I'm on the east coast, so if I did it, it might not cost as much. I don't know.
That looks like a fun rig. Awesome paint job. I had some experience with the Flexit when California Sidecar brought it into the country. Actually a lot of fun when set up properly. Had the frame lock let go while backing it out of the trailer at Laguna Seca, just at the point on the ramp where your feet don't reach the ground. The people standing around waiting to look at it thought it very amusing though.
I haven't had the opportunity to try one like yours yet but have been temped to build one just to try. I have an old Equalean that I played with some but my old Guzzi was not the correct bike for it. Might try it again once I get the fuel injection on my 78GL.
Have fun with it and ride safe. Barry
Glad I found this thread. I emailed Germany and hopefully I'll hear from them soon.
A couple of questions:
Do you have pictures of your bike solo without the sidecar. Is it easy to remove the sidecar for solo riding?
Are you able to mount your panniers with the sidecar?
I don't have any published pics without the sidecar, but just put up your hand in front of the picture so you can just see the bike. It looks just like that.
The sidecar comes off in about 2-3 minutes. If you take your time, it's 5 minutes. Two bolts, and it's off. With this design, no front end modifications are required.
There is significant space behind the sidecar seat, but you can mount the left pannier. The right pannier must stay off, if you ever want to turn right.
I'm considering selling the sidecar rig, along with the mounting frame. The mounting frame is only set up to work with a GSA, as pictured. Ralph Kalich may be able to build you a different frame, if you have a different bike. No guarantee he can, or will. You'd have to ask Ralph. He calls the bike mounting frame a "helper frame".
Just for reference, Ralph Kalich is an absolutely excellent guy to work with. His design and professionalism is top notch and highly recommended. Back when I bought this, I wired all the cash to him, with no hesitation.
If anyone is interested in this machine, email me directly please.
I built a hack some years ago & got a bit flack about some of the joints in single shear (2 of 4). I ran some numbers based on the material strength and fastener size using very conservative (worst case) numbers everywhere. the worst case scenario was still capable of holding something like a force 5000 pounds. well consider on a 500 pound bike, that is 10Gs.... everybody but a trained fighter pilot would be passing before you pull 10g. and what tires do you have that will hold at that kind of force & not skid. also when doing calculation of acceleraton and/or centrifugal force, people seem to forget that mass & weight are not the same thing (except in outer space).... you get some pretty weird numbers if the units aren't correct, just some thoughts from my experience. anyway, I ran the hack 5 years (winter riding) & sold it... it's still going (3 more years). I sold it because I was going to build a leaner, but got sidetracked on another project. mebby next winter. yours looks pretty nice
DEFINITELY an AWESOME ride! I think I'll stick with a conventional sidecar IF I ever get to do one, I'm sold on flying the car! I think I got hooked as a kid swiping my grandmother's trike, basket and all!!
LOVE that paint job!!!