One being assembled, one being planned

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  1. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    Well, the GL1500 with the Kenna sidecar is off to Scrambler Cycle in WI for the car tire install and prep for the arrival of the sidecar, but while that's out there I thought I would post some pics of my rig (the GL1500 is the wife hauler) that will be being put together immediately after. Sorry about the cell quality pics. Its a 2k6 DL650 v strom with a Hitchhiker sidecar. No crazy about the ground clearance, but hopefully we can figure something out.

    We are also looking about putting on a side step and front brush guard on this one, and then I will be making some ladder styler racks for on the hood and on the rear. Im thinking the racks, step, and bumper will eventually match the red on the bike.

    Much thanks to Kevin at Scrambler Cycle for all his help, and for Jay at DMC for the Kenna and the Subframe for the V strom.

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    Any input or creative ideas are appreciated!


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  2. brstar

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    Chair is on the wrong side? :lol3

    What gearing changes will you make? Mine takes a bit to get of the mark

    and seems a little hard on the clutch at that point. Seems ok once moving

    though. The chair seems much more compatable style wise than mine.

    Steering mod? I can recomend looking into that.

    I have a couple of options waiting my attention but with prepping the

    house for market, designing the dream home and most likely building it, it

    maybe a while. But hopefully. I have a set of leading axle forks (98 Triumph

    Tiger) I bought 1st though they will need a special axle made up and some

    adaptor plates for the brake calipers. That is a cheaper way to get steering

    that will be partially lighter (may or may not be enough) Also a bit more

    travel to go with the slightly longer rear shock I have. But I also have a set

    of earls forks that need adapting also. (any in Perth that can help?)

    The things are a barrel of fun though.

    Hope you enjoy.
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  3. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    I assume that the V strom mounts we are sending to Scrambler cycle in the same crate as your sidecar (and 2 other mount sets for Moto Guzzi's an Eldorado and a Quota) must be for your V strom. We do not see many hitch hiker sidecars, should work out fine for you and will have about the same ground clearence as the bike. For the V strom we also make "leading" legs should you require lighter steering.
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  4. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    Jay, you read my mind. Although it will not be for a while due to funding, can you pm me what you run for a set of leading links for a DL650?

    thanks!
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  5. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Another V Strom outfit! Yay! :clap:clap:clap
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  6. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    My welder finally got fixed, and i was bored, so what better to do then start making accessories!

    Eventually want one of these on the back to cradle a spare tire and some kinda rotopax too. Blanket was underneath cause the metal was still hot from the welds

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  7. hahnda

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    Car tire is on the GL1500. If we weren't having February weather in April I might have actually been able to take it out for a short test ride as a solo. Crazy weather this year.

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    I am fond of the Vstrom platform as a tug. Have fun with it!
    Jay's leading legs look to be a really good solution. I allllllmmmmoooosttt had my hands on a set but POOF it appears all our American manufacturing goods are being shipped to Australia. Dave, one of these days I'm going to collect a pint for that one.
    But really, leading legs, leading links, triple clamp mod are all viable means to make your life a lot happier.
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  9. mikejjmay

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    Well, it looks like the new kenna should be arriving today via freight, so should have an update soon of that one installed. Kevins been busy prepping the bike, and we should be ready to go.

    The Sub-frame for the v strom is in the same crate, so that one will be in the near future as well.
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  11. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Let the fun frustration and satisfaction begin !
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  12. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    actually Dave, i have the initial set up done by Kevin at scrambler cycle in Cameron WI. He did some work on a previous hack for me, and is top notch, plus VERY reasonable rates. If you have any work you need done, check him out. Not too far from us in here in MN. He's also a trained ural mechanic as well i think.

    If I had more time I would love to set it up myself, but my job is pretty much eating up all my free time these days....plus i like supporting good local mech shops.
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  13. hahnda

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    Mike has been putting the screws to me so I got right to work on it. :D

    Subframes are on. Front fairing needs a hole and I will be ready to install the sidecar. With any luck I will be test riding it late tomorrow afternoon.

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    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    thats right, i may look like a teddy bear, but im really just a crazy hard ass. Lookin good man, lookin real good.
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    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Kevin you must actually be a good guy and Mike I can't see a Schnauzer owner being a mean piggy.DB
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    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    Thats true, i have enough of the "ubermench" german mentality in my house with my two guys, not any room for my ego in there. They pretty much run the show...
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    Just in time for 70 degree weather.

    All you in warm places.....
    Please take note of the snow we still have hanging around.
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