Looking to build a sidecar

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by hellyhans, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. pfestus1

    pfestus1 Slasher

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    The older BMW Airheads make great tugs. Easy maintenance, parts available. I had a Dnepr on my 1972 R75/5, with a sub frame and a lower than stock final drive, and it worked real well. I never switched back and forth from solo to sidecar though. upload_2017-9-12_21-58-47.png upload_2017-9-12_21-58-47.png
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  2. Fstwheels

    Fstwheels Adventurer

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  3. hellyhans

    hellyhans Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the information, I will go browse your website and get in touch.
    The reason for the not so tall bike is because when it will be off the sidecar, she will be riding the motorcycle and she wants something not too big like the old vintage Honda's
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  4. hellyhans

    hellyhans Been here awhile

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  5. kshansen

    kshansen kshansen

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    What about a good old Yamaha XS-650? There is a pretty good aftermarket still around for them. A good basic motorcycle, I ran one for around 20 years as a "ride to work bike" year round in Central NY and considering the major amount of mistreatment and almost total lack of maintenance it rarely failed to get me there and back. Then again the ride was only about a mile one way so motor never got warmed up and spent 10 hours a day sitting out in weather.

    Might not be an outfit to take on the Trans-Canada Highway from coast to coast, but do know of at least one guy who rode from Penn. down to Florida with his!
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  6. hellyhans

    hellyhans Been here awhile

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    Yup was already mentioned earlier, it's actually one I might consider also in my search. I would prefer the older ones like this
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  7. el Pete

    el Pete toda su base

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    How about a hacked Kawasaki W650?

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  8. Fstwheels

    Fstwheels Adventurer

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    This individual is advertising it for $5800 US.
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  9. Fstwheels

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  10. redfishguide

    redfishguide Old Dirt Biker

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    Third vote for the ole yammie XS 650 here. My only complaint has been cruising at higher speeds. She's quite happy at 55 mph but its working to hard at speeds much higher than that.

    I built my hack and its fairly stout as I use it off road a fair bit so a lighter car should work better. Its pretty bulky and heavy.

    Also I can remove the hack in about 45 minutes and ride the bike solo. I have done it three or four times now without alignment issues. Goes back on just as quick. I never planned to use the bike as a solo but had to do engine work which required the hack removal.

    Lots more info in my build thread below.

    Jack and Buck
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  11. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    How about a Kawi W650 ? Old looks somewhat modern .
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  12. hellyhans

    hellyhans Been here awhile

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    hummm nice nice I like that!
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  13. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    31" seat height! She should like that.
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  14. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    You can put me in the camp of those who doubt you'll swap between solo and sidecar much. Either sidecars are just not for you, and it will be a garage ornament, or you will catch the bug in which case it will not be practical to use the bike without the sidecar because you will end up with unevenly worn tires and probably some modifications that don't lend themselves to solo duty.

    When I built my R1150GS outfit I too thought I would want to sometimes decouple the rig but then I just bought an R1200GSA for solo riding instead, which enabled me to customize the tug to purpose.
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  15. n3nman

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  16. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    As eastbloc pointed out once you get started it's about mastering the SOB, then it's about not getting killed, takes about a year, but I'm a slow learner.
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  17. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    ^^^
    I've been driving sidecars for 37 years and sometimes they still try to kill me!
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