Total noob question on sidecars.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by vinsonrider, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. vinsonrider

    vinsonrider Been here awhile

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    I have a Vstrom 1000 and a dr 650, can you use a sidecar part time? You know take it on and off, is there a quick disconnect or anything? How much would be left on the bike when not in use? Thanks!
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  2. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Yes, this can be done. The V Stroms need a subframe but that can stay on the bike if you wish to run it solo.
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  3. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    But hack one and leave the other solo... you can always sell it when you get tired of the solo growin' dust in the garage. :thumb

    No, really - my outfit was set-up to be separated easily, but after driving it awhile I quickly realized it's easier/better to have both a rig and a solo in the garage. The hacked bike handles differently than the solo, but is just as quick. Only reason I can (now) think of for separating the tub-n-tug is for maintenance purposes.
    YMMV
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  4. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    Unless you're talking about using the SC mostly off road, you may be apalled at how fast a DP tire wears out on pavement with the extra weight of a SC.
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  5. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Uncle Ernie,
    How bad is the tire wear? Is it worse than other sidecar rigs? What tire was being run?
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  6. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Tony da tiger wrote:
    >>But hack one and leave the other solo... you can always sell it when you get tired of the solo growin' dust in the garage. <<

    THAT is good advice. Some do switch the bike back and forth from solo to sidecar rug but getting a sidecar mounted and working toward a more dedicated sidecar rig is a lot better road to travel.
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  7. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    ...as I just picked up two new rear tires (got two wheels, so...) one is a Metzler Block K for street'n - which I plan to use most of the time; the other is a TKC-80 for SNOWCAMP (:wave claude) and playin' in the woods.

    :evil

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  8. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    Claude, anything with knobs is going to go fast. Have you not seen people's dual sports with (former) knobbies that are smooth as a babies butt in the middle yet have practically new knobs on the sides?

    Although- he does have 2 bikes...
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  9. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Understood Unc, My brain was not in gear.:eek1
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