Sidecars- Lets see em.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by England-Kev, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    You leave the bike in gear. I suppose you could rig a velcro strap for the front brake lever if you were worried about it.

    Velorex is probably the cheapest on the used market. It doesn't have a trunk but on most units the seat back folds forward for storage behind even if there is not a trunk.
  2. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    +1

    I use a Velcro strap on the front brake when I want to leave the rig running at idle.
    The strap goes around the master cylinder when not being used.

    However I leave it in gear when parked normally (engine not running)

    I have seen rigs with linked brakes that have a handle to engage the rear/car brake, but the strap works fine for me.
  3. boxertwin

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  4. Roadscum

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    Very nice. Who makes that chair? I'm thinking something like that would be just the ticket for my Triumph classic.

    Regards, Paul
  5. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    Liberty, but unfortunately only for a few years in this model. :cry
  6. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    ...2003 Victory + Velorex sidecar:

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  7. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    Don't get offended, please, it's just that it looks like it isn't aligned correctly.
    My intent is that you enjoy riding it by having it set up properly, even if you think it is fine.
    Has anyone run a tape measure, level and plumb bob over it?

    It's a black art that has as many variations as there are bikes and sidecars.

    Nice looking outfit, irrespective.:nod
  8. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Photographs can be deceiving sometimes and I hate agreeing with people :D, but it looks like Ray has got it right there. Makes you wonder who fitted the hack and what it looks like in building detail. Just for arguments sake: could you post some detailed pics of the fittings? I personally hate these clamps they usually use at velorexes.

    I agree that the "Bully" bike with the rather slender hack is a nice combination though.:thumb

    With Ray: no offense meant, just wanting you to enjoy the combi as much as possible and a good set-up makes all the difference
  9. GSBS

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    ...Yeah, my first impression is that the bike leans too much into the sidecar, but I know zero about sidecars and setup. It is my understanding that this bike would typically be mated to a much larger/heavier sidecar, so maybe the guy who set it up had to make allowances. Don't know.

    I spent several hours on the phone last week looking for someone with expertise in setup to do a ride-in-and-tweak, but haven't found anyone willing to do that as yet. A couple of places I called were like: "If we didn't sell it, we won't touch it." Liability issues I guess (or maybe just assholes :lol3 )

    I do know this, before buying this rig I test rode a late model Ural Gear Up and an older /5 with Velorex (my only other two hack experiences). This Victory/Velorex is smooth as silk compared to either of those.

    On the road, it feels rock solid (while learning without a passenger I put a couple of 50-pound bags of sand to steady the sidecar).

    Yesterday I took it on the interstate for the first time and ran it up to 85... That 1500 cc, 112 ft. lb. torque motor is smooth (just tacks 3K rpm @ 70 mph). There is zero headshake at any speed and the only "pull" is a slight need to lightly steer left when in the right lane and to lightly steer right when in the left lane. I was told by others that this is a characteristic of all sidecars due to the crown in the road, no?

    Anyway, until I find someone who knows more than I do I'm hesitant to start fiddling with it. Afraid I'll make it worse rather than better.

    If any of you guys has a suggestion for where to get some alignment help I'm :ear
  10. No Degree

    No Degree Yo Homie, is that my briefcase?

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    I admire your passion to keep going. Rig is top notch!
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    Thumpermeister roost maker

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  12. SandHog

    SandHog Been here awhile

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  13. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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  14. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    Can't help, unless you want to freight it over to Melbourne or Adelaide.
    And then have it aligned for the correct side of the road.:deal:lol3


  15. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Nice old XS Davo, which rally?
  16. roscoau

    roscoau Been here awhile

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    You meant to say "GS", did you? :evil
  17. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    And how broad is TD's definition of 'nice'?
    Blown fork seals, home style flame paint, no sidecover, torn seat, rusty 4 into 1.

    Must be something about being Victorian:jose.


    Now, if he's said "'utilitarian' old GS", maybe we'd have nothing to reply with. And then maybe he'd wonder if anyone actually read what he wrote, our just scrolled past.








    :amazon
  18. Evel Knievel

    Evel Knievel Paredini, Antonio

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  19. chairhead

    chairhead HAIRY

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    Erm Sidecarxer,
    not to piss on yer chips or anything mate ,but this should have been posted in the EVENTS thread:deal ,
    oh and welcome to the forum:bmwrider
  20. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Yes, yes, yes, thank you Rosco and Ray. Well spotted (inset smilie of slow, sarcastic clapping here)

    :D