Yet Another GS Adventure Touring Sidecar (Totally Hacked!)

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by mikepa, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. mikepa

    mikepa SideCzarist

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    So many rides, so little time. It seems the only time I make the time to post to this great site is when I have yet another rig to announce. Once again, I'm Totally Hacked. Here we go . . . .

    Some of you may remember that I starting guiding and touring again in 2006, driving the (then) newly commissioned UberHack 1.0:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112117

    Piloting that rig, I've since completed a two-week tour in Japan, a long-haul from Beijing to Munich, another from Istanbul to Xi'an, and six weeks in six countries in southern Africa. It's been a fun ride, but I've learned a few things about sidehacks and rough roads, and also about the shortcomings of the R12GS when put to work as the "tug", pulling the hack's "tub".

    The R12GS is a great leap forward in design and engineering, no doubt about it. However, in chasing the Holy Grail of lighter, better, faster, something was lost in overall robustness, at least when one takes this fine product and puts it in the harness of a sidehack. It has also lost a lot in the area of "field repairability".

    As the motorcycle half of a sidecar combination, the R12GS's 1st gear is clutch-fryingly tall, and the 6th is almost too steep to roll on at speed. The transmission is weak (had one replaced under warranty, shattered two gears). It has stop-you-dead-in-the-tracks problems with the EWS Ring Antenna Module for the Engine Immobilizer System (to be fair, perhaps fixed as a result of a redesigned module). The brake system is a tough mother to work with if repairs are needed in the field. And let's face it, with the CAN-bus and all, installing electrical farkle isn't as straightforward as it used to be.

    Am I starting to sound like a geezer/curmudgeon/old fart/Luddite? So be it.

    To "fix" the problems with my 2005 R12GS, I put a 2008 R12GS Adventure on order. Larger fuel tank, a (surprise, surprise!) re-designed tranny with larger gears and shafts, the much desired lower "Enduro" 1st gear option, and higher output alternator.

    While waiting for it to arrive, I had another rig built, using "old tech" German and Russian iron. I'm pleased to announce a new addition to the stable, UberHack 2.0:



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    This quasi-enduro-capable rig is the somewhat unnatural mating of a 2005 R1150 GS Adventure and an Ural tub. The work was done by Jay and his excellent technician Doug at Dauntless Motors in Enumclaw, WA. Note the significant ground clearance under the tub. This, coupled with its snub nose, allows a greater approach and break-over angle than the previous design.



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    Dauntless took a lot of extra care and effort in reinforcing their basic design. Note the custom bullbar/lightbar. The trailing link arm was fabricated from scratch to allow mounting a stock R1150GS cross-spoke wheel on the car, with a standard trailer-type stub axle and hub. The wheel carries a rotor, making an emergency swap with the bike's "pusher" a simple proposition. A stock OEM brake caliper was also mounted, with an independent brake pedal adjacent to the bike's, which allows one, or the other, or both to be operated in unison.



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    Note the big wheel/fender clearance. The car's windscreen was also bobbed to clear my elbow when weight-shifting in right-hand turns.



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    In place of the stock "combustible" non-vented aluminum "fuel canister", a NATO-style steel jerry can was mounted. Dauntless also fabricated and powder-coated the trunk rack.



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    Close-up of the jerry can and trunk rack.



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    Since I wear a prosthetic on my left leg (below-the-knee amputee), Doug did a super tight installation of a Pingel electric shifter. As a back-up in case of shifter failure, he also fabricated a massive "heel-heel" shift pedal that I can actuate without having to look down for "foot" placement.



    I've only put a few hundred miles on UberHack 2.0 so far, but I'm totally impressed. So much so that I've cancelled the 2008 Adventure, and plan on building another rig (my 3rd so far) just like this one. I plan to take U'Hack 2.0 when I guide on the two-month long IndoChina Adventure with GlobeRiders later this year. With at least two long-haul tours a year on the books, one of these rigs spends a lot of time on the water, and I'd like to have another for riding at home here in the Great Pacific NorthWET.

    More to come after I've gotten some serious "off-pavement" miles on the new/old design. So far, it's sweeeeeet! It'll look better with some dirt on it though . . . .


    All the Best,
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  2. HackyMoto

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    Kenmore, I grew-up in Kenmore in the '70s :thumb
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Beautiful bike Mike!:thumb

    Please post more as you break it in!!!

    Jim :brow
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  4. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv € Fl Keys Fishing Guide €

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    Wow what a nice rig!!! :thumb That is one of the best conversions I have seen with a 1150 GSA!! :clap :clap
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  5. GB

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    Nice work! :thumb

    We now have a forum just for Hacks like you!! :lol3 Off to Hacks it goes.
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  6. jantarek

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    very, very nice I always had a soft spot for hacks :thumb :drif

    I saw this guy on Helge Pedersen presentation in Danbury CT last year
    I can't remember his name tho :scratch very nice guy, he did all the work him self. anyway don't want to steal the thread. just sharing :D


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  7. AceRph

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    That's what I'm talkin' about Mike. Very nice rig.

    This is exactly what I had in mind for an Alcan5000 rig in 2010.
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  8. ericb67

    ericb67 Been here awhile

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    Wow, Beautiful Rig!!!
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  9. KiltBoy

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    Mike!!!

    Friggin awesome!:drif

    I was thinking of getting a Ural but after seeing your great rig I think I might consider hacking my R1200GSA!

    Great job. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to adventure pics.:lurk
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  10. Paulzilla

    Paulzilla Been here awhile

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    My friend went and made himself a side car rig. I'm not sure how I feel about his or side cars in general, but you have a proper rig. Very nice. He's going to build a second rig, something that has adventure in the discription. I'll direct him to your post. Enjoy the ride.
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  11. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Not only do you have the best "Job" in the world, Touring the world by motorcyle and with Helge no less, but THREE tricked out rigs. :lol3

    I am going to look into all this identity theft stuff and see if I can steal your identity and take your job.:wink:

    Very nice Mike!
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    YA!!what he said!!:clap
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  14. gregbenner

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    Mile, very nice write up. I have a V Strom/Ural, also built by Jay, and I found your comments re: the 12GS quite insightful (gearing, clutch, power, etc).

    I am not very familiar with the 1150 GSA, is a 2 wheel drive possble (i.e. single side swingarm), or not desirable?

    Did you not change the trail, or did I just miss that?

    I am now going to read up on GlobeRiders... looks pretty cool as well.

    best

    greg
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  15. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Freakin' awesome!!!
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  16. twintwin

    twintwin Been here awhile

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    Welcome Mike to the R11XXGS rig club. I always thought that the R11XX serie was the best tug, and your feedback and comments about your experience on the R1200GS have finished to convince me.
    Any upgrade in mind?
    In my opinion, the heavy shocks, swaybar, front end mod without changing the angle of the fork, are the Must. My next mouve will be the final drive of a R850 with lower gear.
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  17. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    I have a very similar rig that Dauntless helped me put together.

    Does it have the TILT? If it does, can we see pics of the structure?

    I put 10,000 miles on my 1150/ural rig last season, mostly trouble free.

    LOOKS GREAT!
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  18. mikepa

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    For what they cost, the Urals (especially the 2WD Patrols and Gear-Ups) are a real "hack" value, especially when compared to the inherent "design opportunities" of rolling your own. Their off-pavement performance is awesome, and for those who like the whole Russian/Retro package, nothing else can touch them.

    The one place where they really suffer is in top end. You'll be frustrated when attempting the superslab in a rig that will only do 60MPH on a good day....

    OTOH, they're a fun platform for taking those by-ways and back roads.

    Best,
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  19. mikepa

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    Hey Greg -

    2WD is possible on most any rig if you're creative enough. Although the English pages aren't done yet, take a look at the German language pages of Mobec, a company I spent a day with back in 2006 while trying to figure out where I wanted to go with U'Hack 2.0 (scroll down to and click on the pics). Not only can they provide an engagable 3rd wheel, but reverse, all coupled through a 2-speed transfer case. Costly though....
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  20. mikepa

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    Hello (again) Greg -

    In regard to the trail, yes, forgot to mention that. Jay at Dauntless came up with a brilliant solution, and this made it an easy decision to have him build my 2nd custom rig. Bascially, he has designed a lower fork clamp (which, on the TeleLever GSes, is coupled to the front of the TeleLever itself), machined out of solid aluminum (or aluminium for our bretheren across the pond), which not only reduces trail, but also maintains the stock ride height.

    There use to be a pic on the Dauntless website, but it seems to have disappeared, I'll take some pics and post them in a few days.

    Best,
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