Presenting my R1150GSA Overland Express Sidecar

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by PROTON1, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. PROTON1

    PROTON1 PROTON1

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    Hi, I am new on this ADV Rider Forum, though riding Boxers for years on Pan-European and some Asia trips....dreamed about hacks for years. In 2012 I finally got my first one, a ex-Dutch Police sidecar from 1975. I restored it to Original appearance and it became this.
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    But when it was finished I suddenly realised I did not make the long distance travel hack I originally intended to make as circumstances decided I restored the tatty hack I purchased to the Original Police Specification.
    So, then got my mind set on transforming my R100GS to a sidecar...but talking with XYZ...they said it is not powerful enough to pull a loaden side to China unless doing lots of downgearing, etc...so the pointers were pointing me to the R1150GSA. Indeed when looking to the GSA it got lots of good things like a bulletproof engine, short 1st and long 6th, etc...
    So bought such horse, did some work on it like renewing the clutch and then brought it to Dutch Custom Sidecar Builder LBS Sidecars. The result looks like a vehicle from the Mad Max Movie with Mel Gibson. The boot is a ROX from STERN Germany. The ROX is normally used for high speed hacks, but it was enveloped with a special caging and spare wheel rack. It lookes now dramatic and adventurous. Against all odds used the standard wire spoke BMW R1150GSA wheel on the rear and for the side, but put car tires on there. In the front, the 17inch rear rim was spoked into the front rotor on their a Fat Heavy Duty Heidenau Enduro. This provides good ground clearance and with the round tire on the front crisp steering. Suspension all around is the best of the best ÖHLINS Suspension Technology. Further there is a WARN USA Winch mounted (not on the photo) and lots of invisible things are integrated. The Tank is the TT Fat horse Tank containing 43 liters. So thats in a nutshell. Will take the side to Nepal either in 2015 or 2016. I am pleased with the resut and last but not least the vehicle was tested and homologated as European classification L4e Vehicle by the Dutch National Centre for Vehicle testing.
    LBS Sidecars and myself invented a name for this "Adventure Overland Express" Sidecar, guess these 3 words describe what this vehicle represents.

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  2. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    WOW...fantastic looking rig!
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  3. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    Great looking well sorted rig, I hope you are able to take a long trip with it.
    Jay G
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  4. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Beautiful!
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  5. Melrone

    Melrone Been here awhile

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    Very nice!!!!!!!!!!!:clap
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  6. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Now I think I may have seen these 2 awesome machines somewhere before :rofl:D:clap

    Welcome :bmwrider
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  7. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Fabulous! If money was not an issue, that there is my dream rig! :clap

    Your choice for front wheel/tire is perfect. For both paved and non-paved surfaces, the 150/70-17 K60 on a leading link suspension should provide optimal handling. Much better than a car tire. Only thing better would be the Scout in the 150/70-18 size mounted to a KTM 990 rear wheel, but that wheel would look wrong on the 1150GSA, so you definitely got it right. :D

    On the other two tires, I'm not sure I understand--did you say you mounted car tires directly onto the BMW wheels? I've never heard of anybody successfully mounting car tires to a 17" GS wheel. Is that what you did? Or did you lace up some spoked car rims to the BMW hubs? What tires did you use? Size? :huh


    Note to Claude: He put a K60 Rear on his LL's--great minds obviously DO think alike!
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  8. rg sw wa.

    rg sw wa. Been here awhile

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    Great looking units !

    And, I just check my $1.00 PowerBall ticket but only got one number. So I’ll have to wait to get one.

    Ron,
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  9. wordguy

    wordguy Adventurer

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    Bravo! That's a gorgeous build. I hope you take it on many adventures.

    I agree about the Mad Max vibe. Very effective. Btw, the police rig came out nice too.

    -Alan
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  10. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    This looks kinda familiar, I think I may have seen it before...
    :D

    Welcome Proton!
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  11. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    You certainly nailed the ''let's travel'' look.

    Outstanding build!!!
    You really have something to be proud of for a long time where ever you go.

    Hint, if you really want ''mad max'' you'll need rusty parts & pennants of duct tape flapping in the wind.
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  12. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    WOW! Did I say wow? That is one beautiful rig. I know the adventure variety is about function and durability but I love the way the lines compliment each other. That one's a real eye pleaser.
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  13. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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  14. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Well, yeah, but this one is one-wheel drive. And has a motorcycle wheel on the front.

    "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery."
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  15. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    :D

    Hellracer ( and I ) mean we've followed the complete build of both hacks on the Dutch motorforum.nl and know PROTON1 from all our comments overthere :lol3:clap
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  16. twintwin

    twintwin Been here awhile

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    I guess Drone was referring to Murph's rig, same combo, same color shame, same tank, but Mobec 2wd and front wheel car tire.

    http://wherethehellismurph.blogspot.in/

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  17. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    That's where I'd seen that paint scheme before.



    :ear :lurk
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  18. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Yeah, we got that too, it got mentioned several times in the topic om motor-forum.nl. Everybody knows Murph's hack :D
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  19. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    :d
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  20. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    To answer my own question, I looked at Proton1's build thread on that Dutch forum. Indeed, he mounted Bridgestone Potenza's in size 175/55-17 directly onto two GS rear wheels and used that for the pusher and for the car. On the front, he took a 17" GS rear rim and laced it to a stock GS front hub so he could easily mount the twin brake rotors.

    About that car pusher, I had no idea you could do that. For those wondering how a 175/55-17 car tire compares to something like a 165/80-15 which is a typical size for car pushers used on GS rigs, the 175 is 21mm shorter, 10mm wider, with a sidewall height that's 65mm narrower. Who's gonna be the first on this side of the pond to try it?
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