The Xt400 side car (winter project)

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  1. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Well.......I drove a sidecar for the first time today!!! It was fun! I finally got everything welded up and bolted together. It was snowing but I went out and rode it around the house a few times.......I didn't even fall over! ;) Here is a video



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  2. Leaf

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    Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!

    How's the steering with those narrow dirtbike bars?
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  3. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Thanks! It seems fine so far. Going on the road might be a different story :) The bars are pretty wide compared to my other bikes.
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  4. DJ1

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    its great to take a ride on something you've built yourself. Only problem I see is a jealous dog :happayhe wants to ride too!
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  5. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Haha yeah it is rewarding. It also makes me think....."please don't explode." Yeah the dog will get a turn too. I actually took my mom and my son on rides today.

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  6. zipper421

    zipper421 Been here awhile

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    come finish mine
    i want to ride:ricky
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  7. zipper421

    zipper421 Been here awhile

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    tube is on it way
    also how dose the shock work
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  8. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Zipper- if we were closer, i would be hanging out at your shop all the time helping you, and trying to learn new stuff! (if you would let me):Dthanks for ordering the tubing....i feel bad taking you away from your project. if there is ever anything i can help you with, please let me know. The shock seems to be working good so far. I had a 120lb. passenger in it and it seemed to handle it fine. I will know more when I hit some rougher terrain at higher speeds, but.....so far so good.
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  9. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I followed your original build of this bike, LOVED IT!

    I cheated and jumped to the end, had to see it! It looks at least as good as when you did the bike.

    It looks like you and your kid are enjoying it! :clap:clap They grow up WAY too fast, not as fast as that must be, but too fast still.

    What car is it?
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  10. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Thanks man! i'm Glad you like it. The car body came from a ural....I made the frame.
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  11. Pete-NZ

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    That turned out pretty dam good....:clap

    Heres a sneek preview of my XT660R dirt leaner....

    The passanger rides it like a bike... giveing him the same
    type of movement as the rider..foward/back/ lean left/right..
    The surspention is full riseing rate..
    Will have yamaha WR seat , rear guard...

    Hummm...wonder if it will work... I just had to try...

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  12. Qwik

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    Thats an interesting concept. Let us know how it works
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  13. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    That does look funny......but also kinda scary! keep my posted Pete.
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  14. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    so pete, will the leaner have bars and pegs as well?
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  15. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    The sun was out and it looked warm.......It wasn't! So I went for a ride. This was the first time on the road with the hack. I haven't been that cold in a long time. I went about 8 miles. Just on the back road behind my house. Had the rig up to about 45mph. Nothing too dramatic to report. It definitely needs steering mods. Leading link forks are in the works. It did surprise me with how straight it went. I was even able to let go of the bars and nothing happened. The only thing that felt weird to me was when I was entering left hand turns the rear suspension on the bike would really unload giving it a very odd feeling. I got used to it, but I realize my rear suspension needs stiffening up. I also noticed how much power the extra weight asked for. The next thing I need to do is get the car break hooked up. Does anyone know the best way to plumb it? I would like to use hard line for most of it then switch to flex out at the swing arm. How can I go from the master cylinder(banjo bolt) to hardline, then back to banjo bolt (flex line). I thought about running flex the whole way, but It is a long way, and all the flex I have found is too expensive. Any thoughts??
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  16. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    a full alloy bottom plate.. grap rail , sides etc.. Wr 450 seat/rear guard..
    But it's a sort of a make it up as yer go build...:huh
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  17. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    I am still alive. The frame is done! Painted and installed. The fender is also done. It still needs painted. My brake line is in the mail. I will now be starting on the body work. I'll try to post pictures tonight. Stay tuned. :D
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  18. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Here are some pictures of my progress. I need to prep and paint the body/fender next.
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  19. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    I finished the brakes today. I made it so you can brake the rear bike wheel and the car wheel simultaneously or brake just the car wheel. I don't know how well it works yet... I will add a parking brake at some point. :wink:


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  20. George 99

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    Your brake lever configuration is genius. The hack brake alone will help with right hand turns. Good on ya for taking on a large project and following thru to completion. Waiting to see the final paint.
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