Springtime in Alaska

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Alaskahack, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    This was Tuesday of this week, second day of spring. and I was getting a new sidecar delivered from DMC :clap

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    I'm going to have to lose a lot of snow before I'm going to be able to get them together :huh

    But at least I be able to get in shape for the new riding season by doing a lot of shoveling.


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    A couple of hours later I unpack enough to really see my new purchase :clap



    In December I started a thread, asking if there were any Alaskan Hacks. Because I was really curious about getting a sidecar, and I've never really seen that many up here.

    I started reading volumes of R&R's and different threads trying to make my mind up.

    I already had a 1200GS and thought just buy the sidecar Ha Ha :eek1

    I was following a thread with ClearwaterBMW, sent him a PM with my phone# and I was amazed that he called me back within a couple of hours

    I then called another friend of mine that lives up here in Alaska and has a GS and a hacked KLR and goes by the screen name Hobo, to see what his thoughts were about hacking a GS :ear

    Jay with DMC answered on the thread I started and said that they were sending a 72D up here in a week

    I talked with Jason the guy with the 72D, And I was pretty much sold :D

    Next problem was selling my better half. And that went a lot easier then I thought

    I bought a snowmachine once that would ride two people, the day I took possession of it I found that I had to buy a second one for my wife because she didn't like riding 2up.

    But she does like the idea of a sidecar :clap

    So here I am with 3' of snow and waiting


    Bob
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  2. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    Well dig that GS out and start the hack. I'm sure invited some of us valley ADVers over for a shoveling party with a lunch reward it would go quicker:D.....If you get it done and dialed in maybe a D2D test ride in June?
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  3. BeeMaa

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    Good looking tub you have there.
    Gonna want some pics when it all comes together.
    Good luck with it.
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  4. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    I'm excited to see how it turns out:D good luck and keep us posted!
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  5. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    The scariest part of mounting the subframe on my GS was drilling out the front mounting location on the motor. I told my wife, if I hit oil, we won't be rich.

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  6. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Reinforces my move from PA to FL! Don't miss having to shovel "partly cloudy" from the walk.....
    Nice looking car, good luck with the build.
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  7. rathackman

    rathackman Been here awhile

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    Ummm, I agree with Bobmws...glad I moved from Alaska after 22 winters there....now in southern New Mexico where it is riding season year round....

    I digress tho...just PTSD from all those winters....:eek1

    You are building a sweet rig! Looking forward to pix as you set it up....

    I had to laugh at what AlaskaJeff offered and I do miss the willingness to help each other out that was standard up there! And I miss how long my bikes lasted as a result of those 3-4 month riding seasons...:evil

    You guys stay warm and have fun on the outfit....
    Brian
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  8. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    You are really going to live this rig.

    Here's my 72D rig:

    [​IMG] After riding down from Washington to Southern California along the coast and then with another couple of thousand miles around here, I found that the steering mod was a huge, huge improvement in the ease of handling. So much so, that I think it should be part of the package when you buy the sidecar.
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  9. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    I concur.....:knary

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  10. BeeMaa

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    It really takes a pair of big brass ones to do that.
    Don't think I have the stones for it.
    Cheers.
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  11. Alaskahack

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    I've read both of your posts completely "Delivery Announcement: Ingrid is here, and Alaska ride with a sidecar"

    And I must say at first it scared the living daylights out of me.

    Even until just a week ago when I heard the car was coming I called Jason the other fellow with the new car up here and asked him how it went and did he have to drill the hole? :eek1

    He said yes but it wasn't that bad:knary But I'm still a little nervous

    But that is what makes it an adventure :lol3
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  12. jfoz

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    Good to see you got the sidecar Bob! Drilling that hole was a real scary part of the install, mostly due to it being in the most expensive part of the bike if you screw up! Really hard to un-drill it! When you do get your bike out of that snow bank and get started give me a call and I'll give you my pit falls to getting mine hooked up, there are a number of things I would do differently based on my experiences.

    I've still got to get the lights wired up and do a proper test ride, just have to wait for the ice and snow to go away....

    Jason
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  13. Alaskahack

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    Thanks Jason

    I will call

    Bob
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  14. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    I looked at it for a looooonnngg time before I pulled the trigger. It was like drilling through butter. 3 or 4 seconds and it was done. I was so happy when no oil came out.
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  15. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    The hole that gets drilled out is a casting where the outer part is already 12mm, the casting is hour glass shaped so you are only removing a bit of a rough casting in the center of the hole. You would really have to try hard to not get it right.
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  16. tempered_lobster

    tempered_lobster Adventurer

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    Sounds like a challenge. Maybe 12 pints of beer and a bent drill bit?
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  17. Alaskahack

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  18. jfoz

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    Jay - based on all the trepidation about drilling out that spot on the engine I would recommend amending the install sheet with the info you provided in this thread.

    Bob - I found this post covering the install on an 800 GS to be extremely helpful (even though I only saw it AFTER I got my sidecar installed). http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=686884
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  19. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    Nice looking rig Bob!!:thumb
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  20. Alaskahack

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    Then I had a month of jury duty during April
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