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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by England-Kev, Nov 14, 2007.
I have been looking for the right sidecar rig for a long time, the search had proven futile so I bought a fair r69S with an old Ural car on it. I then located the 77 FLH with a car in Florida that was more than I wanted to spend. Then this rig became available, newer than I wanted, but laced wheels and in pristine condition. I was unable to make a deal on this one so I sprung for the one in Florida...I traded a fairly nice 65 FLH for it. Id no sooner made it home and the dealer that was trying to be a middle man in this deal ended up with it and was looking to cash out of it quick. So, here I now sit.....Three fairly nice rigs. This one like the shovel just rides and runs perfect(2700 miles) its a 2006
I am getting used to the sidecar ride, its just a hoot and as I approach my twilight years I am more drawn to these great machines....But, damn they take up a shit ton of room......
And the R69S
Looks like you have some other projects going on in your garage as well ..... one can never have to many projects.
Yes, too much stuff...Ill sell some in time....we are building a couple of Cannonballers for this years run...along with other crap I drag in. My RH man Chris told me today to stop with the FLH stuff, too hard to push. Its Tornado season here, we routinely move them in and out of my underground storage when we get a weather warning.....Ive had one hit me in 2008, we dont chance it any more, we move em, and cram em in here....underground......may not save em, but gives me piece of mind.......
Dang, you have some nice stuff. Do you do this for a living ?
"For a living" ?
Some of us might say this is living !
What an amazing image.
I used to view these old and new machines as a commodity, I had to sell one to buy another, I had some I wished Id have kept.
I have found myself being able to hang on to a lot of them in my later years, but I cant do it without help. I was fortunate to find a 23 year kid with an uncanny ability for anal precision and detail. We, he and I, more so him.....run a small restoration shop and hes been with me for 4 years now. He does unreal work, and he is incredibly sloooowwww, meaning he does excellent work. He has learned BMW restoration from a tech that used to work at Irv Seavers in Calif. "Dale" was just starting his own shop after being an employee for 30 years, I hired Dale to come stay in town and tutor my guy Chris on all things BMW. He/they did some beautiful /2 Restorations. Chris then spent a few weeks with a noted Vincent restoration shop in our area and learned a lot from them. We do just about anything nowadays, Chris has done a beautiful 305 Scrambler, many /2 and /5 BMW's and he's now honing his old Harley skills, we have a couple of J and JD's of 1916-29 vintage to do as well as pans, knucks and shovels awaiting restoration. Chris has the good fortune of having created a circle of old, crusty bike builders that funnel info, tips, and advice to him and he heeds that advice. His circle of trusted advisors runs from the afore mentioned BMW, Vincent, guys to a couple of antique Pre-20's V Twin guys, a body/paint guy here locally/ a great striper/pinstriper(Nadine) and a presently campaigning Top Fuel Harley Builder/pilot that also is a collector/restorer. I'm not trying to hijack here, we've posted some stuff in other threads, I am very fortunate to have discovered Chris and he loves what he does, he is the reason I can do what I do and he'll carry the torch long after Im gone....Heres an R69s he just got done with. This machine was in a swamp when found, we call her "Rusty".....(The Sears, the BA Harley and 72 FX not done by us. 72 is in line to be re-restored.
Motor or horse drawn funerals.......very cool pix
Is that the Sears that matt Olsen rode in the first Cannonball ?
Im not sure of that CB, this machine did run in the 2014 CB, they broke a pedal crank on the first day or so if memory serves. I purchased it at Vegas and it came with various accessories from the CB. The fork still has reinforcements in place that were added for the CB. I brought it back for the current owner. It will be displayed in a museum in Kansas soon.
Those are some fantastic looking bikes. You guys are doing great work I like the old stuff.... must be because I to am old. hehehehe Nahhh.
I got the old R60 back on the road on Sunday, and mounted the sidecar today. I'm having a hard time getting the wobble out of the front end. I'll mess with it a little more tomorrow.
Looks like the Earles swingarm is still in the solo position. Original shocks & springs could also be part of the problem.
They are in the correct position. New sidecar specific shocks and springs all around, new friction block for the steering damper, new tapered head bearings, new K Block tires...
All 3 are beautiful rigs. Have two of them myself.
John Deere introduces a new line of sidecar mowers.
Make sure the steering head is tight. That can be the cause of a wobble.