"Nitro"Max's sidecarstory

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by NitroMax, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    NWR: feel free to post a piccie of the Sammie truck in this topic. I even was an International contributor to Izook :nod

    @ Halflive: you bring the "stroopwafels"?

    kind of sirupwaffles :D
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  2. OMW

    OMW Been here awhile

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    I love it especially the VEB sticker ! shame they don't make a UK sided version. The styling would look great on an similar patina ES250 !
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  3. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    @Nitromax, deal!
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  4. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    I found a new unused VEB-plate into which I can put the number. The "1" is the last number of the year it was built and since the "EnergieKombinat" ( the big sticker on the front ) was split up in 1979
    ( CLICK ) it is at least 40 years old ( 1971 ) but maybe I can track the year it was built by the chassisnumber.

    Incredible that it's not rotted through, all the nuts and bolts came loose without a problem :clap
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  5. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Spent a couple of hours sanding down the inside and then my wife painted the inside with dark blue Hamerite ( She used to be a painter ), very nice color

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    Ammobox with 2-strokeoil, sparkplug etc:

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    I bolted the DDR-sign over the holes of the original taillight:

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    I ordered a new taillight, the same as the one of the tug. I can put it right above the DDR-sign, at the same height as the one on the tug. Think it will look neat.

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    Adapted the steeringdampenerbar:

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    Took it for a spin............... man is that tub light :eek1:eek1:eek1

    Had my hackwheel in the air on every right turn, spilling precious gasoline over the tank ( and my crotch :huh ) so took it back home and bolted in my heavy little helper: the bar of lead I made for the transportplatform ( I melted old lead into a checkerplatebox, about 30 kilo's ):

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    Waaaaaay better. Now I can take right turns and decide when I want to fly the "chair" :D
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  6. mmmpies

    mmmpies 101 in a 55

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    Nifty rig, I dig it. Wouldn't have thought it'd be so light from the look of it.
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  7. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Been busy yesterday and today, working on a lid for the tub.

    Worked out very well I think

    Inspired by these pics I set to work

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    Maskingtape in the edge for protection of the paint, trying out how to bend the corners with angled aluminum strip ( what's that called in English ?? )

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    Made the entire rim

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    Clamped the -very wobbly- strip to a large piece of diamond/checkerplate and marked the size to be cut out:

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    Testfitting lid and hinges:

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    Poprivetted the rim to the lid, made spacers for the hinges and made a rack from scrap on the lid :

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    Knob for a grip and 2 locks for shutting the lid ( locks are for fastening a hardtop to a Suzuki Vitara or Tracker as it's called on the other side of the ocean :D )

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    Large eyes for strapping stuff to the rack and reinforced the hinges:

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    Done for today :clap
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  8. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    Very nice :thumb: .

    Can I ... umm :shog ... borrow your wife ... my sidecar needs painting and I'm VERY impressed with her work :thumb:thumb.



    Have fun .



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  9. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    You pay the ticket, I send the wife :D

    Forgot I also changed the mount for the steeringdamper because I could not get my big boot easily inbetween sidecar/bike and mounts.

    I chopped the excisting mount ( which I already altered the week before :huh ) and took the top mount for the damper from the bottom tree to the frontforkleg.

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    to

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    And from:

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    On the forkleg it's on the topbolt for the breakcalliper.

    Both side on Heim-joints.

    The bolt on the bottom is not bent, something went wrong when welding the bolt :cry
    Steeringdamper is on wrong way arouind in the pics, already changed that ( was the first job this Sunday, had it fixed before 9.00 am :D )
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  10. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    You Sir , are most kind . Thank you :lol3



    Have fun .



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  11. Winterbiker

    Winterbiker Sidecarist

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    Welldone... great job!

    Winterbiker
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  12. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    :shog

    Thanks, now waiting for my rear/brakelight, sidelight and indicators from Germany ( www.mzsimson.de )
    Gunter Six is a very helpful guy !!
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  13. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Lights came in the mail on Thursday so I started on them that same evening.

    I had to make small holes to mount the taillight ( at the same height as the taillight on the bike ) but for the indicator I had to make 50 mm hole :eek1

    Same at the front, there already was a hole for the white light but no hole for the indicator so there I went again, making another big hole in the sheetmetal :eek1

    All worked out very well luckily, wired it all up and it's all working :D

    Also put the widebeam light on the lower bracket between bike and tub.

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    Now waiting for the paint on the spacers for the hinges to dry so I can finish working on the lid ( which now has a neoprene band on the inside for waterproofing ).

    DDR plate is over the holes for the original taillight :D
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  14. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Lid's ready, hinges, lock and all.

    Going for a ride this sunny afternoon to see wether it makes a lot of noise. Without the lid there was quite some resonance, maybe I have to stick some Dynamat to the inside.

    Been working on the Beemer as well.

    Bought a fibreglass Hienrich lookalike ( brand unknown )

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    Had to make a bracket for the rear where it now rests on the original rubbers ( fibreglassed it into the tunnel ) and change the front bracket that came with the tank ( it's for an older type of BMW ).

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    Coils could be placed in the tunnel on top of the framerail

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    Had to change the rear upperbracket again :D

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    and have the seat changed to fit the bigger tank, will be back somewhere this week.

    Got a call 2 days ago that the tank was ready, filled and painted:

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    So i put it on the bike today to see how it looks now............

    ............... I LOVE IT :clap

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    :evil

    Now I can pohotoshop kneepads and striping to see what it will look like.

    I think I'll have the kneepads painted on instead of sticking homemade pieces of rubber on it.

    Been looking at John's Beemer garage on the "Tanks"page for inspiration:

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    Had to take some sheetmetal out of the ears for the headlight ( of course this was the trailversion, they now look decent, with straight edges and neat corners ):

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  15. Mr.Mellow's WildRide

    Mr.Mellow's WildRide Been here awhile

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    You're a freakin' magician, Man.........:1drink
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  16. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    :shog:shog

    Just fiddling 'till it all fits and looks right :D
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  17. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Went to a meeting last Sunday with over 700 bikes, mine was the only one not washed and polished :D

    Had a blast with that little MZ working so hard for me, always makes me think of this childrensbook

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    :rofl

    Arriving:

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    I loaded two chairs in the tub and we "picknicked" next to the bike ( my mate was on his Enfield, we were amongst R1's and Z 750/Z100's )

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    Kicking it back to life:

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    Never forget your cigar:

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    Do you gays have that same experience. You drive your bike like the 27 year old you used to be and wonder who that greybearded old guy is in the pics ( or carwindow of the car next to you at the trafficlights ) ?

    :D

    Leaving ( and yes I know I'm too big for this bike but I dont care, it stole my heart :D )

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  18. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Got the seat back, it's been altered to fit the new big tank.
    Fits perfect, nicely snug inside the high tunnel.

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    "Kneepads" are black pieces of paper I cut as a mockup for the shape. I think this will be how they will be. Tank needs pinstriping of course, will be similar to this:

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    Pic borrowed from John's Beemer Garage

    In black of course :D

    I think I'll go without the sidecovers, they are too square right next to the rounded shape of the big tank. Battery wil be black ( thin sheets of black metal )

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    It will sport a small black Jawa Perak luggagerack on the rearfender. I'll make a bracket so it can be bolted to the 2 bolts that hold the rearfender.
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  19. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Love it Max!!!!


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  20. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    looking great.
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