M 102 S sidecar install

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Dirtyairhead, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. Dirtyairhead

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    I'm a retired mechanic / truck driver. Been riding solo since the 60s. Coast to Coast and from Florida to Alaska. I'm dropping the bike more lately. I just got a transmoto M 102 S for my 1992 R100gs . It will be installed by me this winter. Like my Mini-mate camper, I sought out the lightest, smallest sidecar that is easy for seniors to access and still be carried with a 1000 cc dual sport. Ordered it Monday, received it 9 days later. The shipping crate took some damage but no shipping damage to the sidecar noticed.

    The single layer of paint looks like primer in the paint kind. Bondo in the manufacturers process to fill in dent, could have done a bit more removal of welding splatter prior to painting.

    The frame is nicer finish paint and good looking welds. I got the brakes and cast wheel.

    No paperwork for inventory of parts, no instructions.

    I will try to upload photos of the process. If you need to see some particular part, let me know and I'll try to photograph it. 20170824_112907.jpg
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  2. Dirtyairhead

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    Weld splatter

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    20170824_115014.jpg Nice Frame WELD
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    20170824_114954.jpg chipped paint trunk
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    Welding sla 20170824_115219.jpg tter
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    Now for the disclaimer.........my getting a sidecar the same year I rode to Alaska and Florida is a real stretch on my economic conditions and more importantly my commitment to get the house finished. I unloaded, photographed, and put the sidecar in the barn until I get around to it this winter. Probably be in January . I welcome your comments and suggestions. My home DIY shop has what I need to make almost anything that might be required. I can make things 20170612_135725.jpg by turning, cutting, welding, riveting, even sewing seat covers ... except nice painting. Spray cans work for me. For now, I have firewood to get done. John
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    Good luck with your project. Lots of good advice in this forum.
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  10. brstar

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    The bolt next to the shock absorber does not look to be done up properly, just saying.
    It is interesting that the frame welds and construction seems so much better than the bodywork with its weld spatter.
    My guess is the body, wheel and brake are Chiang type ipmorts while the frame is local construction?
    Those little campers are neat.
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  11. Carl Childers

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    It looks like you have some fun toys, I like your tractor too!
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  12. Dirtyairhead

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    As I understand it,, the frame is Canadian, the rest is from India. Loosely assembled for crate and shipping. Everything gets dissambled, installed, then finally torqued up tight. No loose parts in a box. Bob wark was spot on with the description, this is an affordable sidecar that will be mounted on a very used dual sport. My iron draws attention because of the functionality, not perfect paint. Carl, thanks for the comment about support equipment. Did you notice that the rear log splitter is upside-down? Lately, I have been cutting 3 ft diameter trees. Too big to pick up so they get split in place thereby not hurting my back and enjoy the motorcycle in the fall. I won't continue with this off topic here. IMG_20170707_092350897.jpg
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  13. minimac

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    Looking forward to the build.
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  14. Dirtyairhead

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    OK, I can't wait for winter. My to do list is clearing up faster than expected with the addition of the big splitter. . I will start this evening. Should be able to have a test drive in a week? 3 bags of corn should be about right for ballast and Softer than cement blocks.
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    50 lb. bags ? Doubt you'll need more than 2 unless you just want to feel 3.
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  16. Dirtyairhead

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    I plan to install the frame and wheel. Bolt a piece of plywood to the frame, add weight to represent a normal loading and teach myself to drive a hack. I read the book... By my math, 3 50 lb bags of corn is close to a passenger. And soft enough for low speed training incidents. I have a cement pad for flying the car, 1/2 mile of dirt trails, then low traffic curvy hilly country roads to play on. I'm not disagree with the amount of weight, just stating my thoughts like in a face to face conversation. I will consider all points of view and choose the best path for me. I'm learning here and glad to hear from you all.
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  18. Dirtyairhead

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    Sub frame is 1 1/2 thick wall mild steel. 20170902_193258.jpg
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  19. Dirtyairhead

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    I shortened the shock tower 4 1/4 in. Shortened the front upper brace 3 in. 20170907_193758.jpg 20170913_173858.jpg
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