Thumper and a Sidecar

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Stringsmith, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Stringsmith

    Stringsmith Adventurer

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    Hi, I have been thinking about attaching a sidecar to our f650gs. Has anyone done this? What would be the lightest sidecar? Do any companies make a sidehack moto style sidecar for these bikes? Thanks and my best to you, Scott
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  2. Sidecardoug

    Sidecardoug Pleasantly pleasing

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    It's been done on several occassions. If you go to www.dauntlessmotors.com and look under customers you will see at least one F650/sputnik. I think there are also a couple under "offroad sidecars"

    If you google motocross sidecars or dual sport sidecars, you will find light platform sidecars. Never had one, but I am told that the true MX sidecars require a passenger or ballast as they are so light. They're like this:
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  3. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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  4. TeamGS

    TeamGS Adventure-seeking family

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    You mean like this????

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  5. Stringsmith

    Stringsmith Adventurer

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    Yeah! That was what I was thinkin'! Where, when, why, ease, how much, etc.........Scott
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  6. Godders

    Godders Crazy Pom in Aus

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    Now that looks NEAT



    Wonder how that would look on a KLR
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  7. TeamGS

    TeamGS Adventure-seeking family

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    This one (above) is the one you saw on Dauntless Motors' web site under "off road rigs." Jay put it together for us. Cost about $4K with paint, mounts, and a special wheel/brake configuration; other than that it's a fairly basic setup. If we decide to stay with this for a while, which looks like we will, it will be going back for a front end mod (about another $2K) using a leading link. But it will handle much better and not pull to the right so much. (That's just what hacks do.)

    This is a Sputnik, imported from Russia. Dauntless imported them for about 5 years, but they aren't being mf'd any more. There are plenty lying around dormant here in the states, you just have to look around. The Sputnik is an excellent match for the 650. The only thing lighter is a Velorex, but they are fiberglass and maybe too light. This one comes up enough as it is!

    Hacks are definitely weird to get used to. They are not like a bike, they don't lean. But they are a blast, and this allows us to get out and ride and travel with our two-year-old daughter. We've already put 3K on it this summer with the kid and she loves it. Also doing a lot of dual sporting with it. This rig handles great in the dirt. Keep in mind we're hauling a little kid and her camping gear; if you were going to haul an adult you might want to go to a slightly smaller countersprocket. But it seems to have enough power for us. I can cruise about 65mph like I always did and still climb hils while maintaining 55mph. I got 50 mpg when I checked, and fuel range is around 180-200 miles on the stock tank.
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