Another GS Adventure being hacked

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by MIXR, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    When you have a nice one of these that hasn&#8217;t done a lot of miles:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    But you&#8217;ve also got a great mate that happens to be one of these:<o:p></o:p>
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    Who happens to like travelling around like this:<o:p></o:p>
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    So that he can get the wind in his hair like this:<o:p></o:p>
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    But it means that a big trip results in carrying a load like this:<o:p></o:p>
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    And that sometimes means you end up like this:<o:p></o:p>
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    So what you have to do is add one of these:<o:p></o:p>
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    Yep &#8211; I accept that I&#8217;m certifiably nuts, but this is now underway. The chair is being built and attached by a specialist builder here in Aus. I&#8217;ll get photos as I can, but it&#8217;s possibly going to drag on a bit as these things often do.<o:p></o:p>
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    The chair will be running a GS wheel with brake rotor fitted so that I have a pusher spare. Appropriate suspension to suit the height of the Adventure is also being fitted, but I&#8217;m not going to a leading link at this stage. I&#8217;d like to try it without (maybe a trail-reducer though) as the chair is solid but somewhat lighter and smaller than many others.<o:p></o:p>
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    It will also be painted silver to match the Adventure, and I&#8217;ve ordered a decal kit from Humvee Graphics to complement the bike decals.

    I&#8217;ve always wanted to do this, so fingers crossed it works ok. I guess I&#8217;ll find out soon enough.<o:p></o:p>
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    Info will be added as it comes my way. Cheers all, Mick.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    Nice doggie. Does he wear those dog goggles?

    I'm IN. Subscribed. Looking forward to the build and glad you get to take your buddy along with you!
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  3. ADK

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    Did you consider a trailer? :scratch
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  4. Bar None

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  5. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Tried the Doggles. He doesn't like them, and was protected from direct hits while on the bike because he was behind me.

    I hate trailers. Too rough and dusty for the boy, and does nothing for the overall stability of the bike over slow ground that's either rough or sandy. Rest assurred I considerd all options, including a Can-Am Spyder! A serious alternative was to ditch the GSA and go to a Ural. The low HP killed that. I do a bit of long-distance riding and need to maintain a 'pace' for long hours. Kipper (my Border Collie) did three 900 kilometre days back-to-back a couple of weeks ago on the back of the GSA, so he's used to big days.

    Adding a chair is the way to go. The body will be the same as the one in the pic, but with a small access door added. Pics of the partial build will be added in a few weeks when (hopefully) the chair is up and painted, frame built, and I'm dropping the GSA off to have the mating done.
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  6. pops

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    Hi Mick welcome .
    It will be good to see another GSA sidecar on the road.

    Quote . I'm dropping the GSA off to have the mating done. Quote :earI have to see that.

    I am in :evil



    Cheers Ian
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  7. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Hi Mick

    Nice to see another outfit in the making. Check Pops (Ians) previous posts on how to avoid upsetting your passenger:lol3:lol3:lol3

    Sorry Ian:D

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  8. pops

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    Ha Ha They do get a bit angry when you leave them on the side of the road :lol3

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  9. Andrew2

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    Here's mine with the young fella and mutt.
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    Cheers
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  10. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Thanks Andrew. That's pretty much where I'm going, but my chair will be smaller. I'm hoping the lighter/smaller build will enable me to get away without having to do too much to the bike with respect to front and rear wheels, suspension, leading link, and so on. I need to keep this build simple and cost-effective for at least the first year to see if it's the way I want to go as a permanent thing. It just needs to 'work' for a while so I can figure that out. However, I have noted that most GS/GSA guys end up doining all the things I'm trying to avoid, so I am a realist!

    I'll have to get my boy (the Border Collie) to wear his 'doggles' again. He was never too keen on them, so I've always kept him out of the 'line of fire' for bugs and stones, but he still gets too much breeze in the face sometimes.

    Cheers, Mick.
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  11. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    It'll be good to see another outfit around town, are you north or south?

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  12. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Gungahlin (Ngunnawal to be precise).

    Off to the builder on the 10th Oct with the chair's wheel strapped to the back of the GSA. The chair is under construction, so I hope it's at the engineering shop and I can get some pics of the frame build.

    Wheel (pictured) was a rip-off from a Melbourne wrecker. He stated it was not in pristine condition, but ok. Turned out the rim was pretty much bare of any of the original shiny anodised finish and must have been bathed in caustic over many years. Looked horrible. So I stripped the rim with 'Ali-Brite' acid wash and then hand-polished the bare alloy with 'Rubbedin'. Came up ok.

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    I also got a good GSA wheel from 'Pops' (inmate), but have decided to use that on the bike. Anyway, the 'silver' wheel should look ok on the chair. If not, I'll use the spare GSA wheel!

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  13. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Sounds good, where is the work happening, Bathurst?


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  14. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    SRK Engineering, aka Premier Sidecars. Couldn't find any other builders, and these guys are reasonably 'local'. Got off to a rough start as it took a while to get responses, but seems to be progressing ok now. There's a lot of interest in the build as it's a bit different to the heavier/bigger ones that are running around. Time will tell what I need by way of improvements. The outfit will still be used for long distance work, so pusher tyres may be an issue.
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  15. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Good on ya, I had a sidecar on my Laverda so my beagle hound didn't have to be so uncomfortable on the tank anymore, she loved the hack.
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  16. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Went to Bathurst today to deliver the GS wheel for the chair. The tub is well underway!

    Looking good from the front quarter.
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    The rear-end is built for comfort, not speed!
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    I was going to fit a small passenger (dog) access door in the side, but there really isn't enough space once the big GS wheel is mounted. Thought maybe a low scalloped section would work as an alternative, but ended up deciding that even that would be too small to be useful. So, we are leaving it as it is and just running a small step. Even with the GSA height, it should be low enough for the boy to get in an out ok for a few more years yet.

    The wheel-guard is also built and ready for a trial mounting, then removal and painting. Going with a Beemer silver colour for the chair (to match the bike) and black wheel-guard (maybe?).
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    Frame is also underway, but no pics of the basic box section. SRK are going to use this as another step towards their 'Explorer' sidecar. It will have a blend of 'off-road' and 'road' built into the frame and is a progression from an earlier build along the same lines.

    Bike goes over (again) in a couple of weeks for assembly. I've offered them the bike for as long as they need it. Two weeks, maybe three? Should all be done by end November regardless. Guess I'll be off on a holiday at Christmas-time!
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  17. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Progress :clap

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  18. pops

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    :thumb. Looking good.
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  19. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Dropped the GSA off at SRK on the weekend. Not much (nothing?) had been done with the tub or frame in the previous fortnight due to other builds. Business is apparently back on schedule now, so mine should be done within the month (November), particularly as SRK have recently fitted a HRD chair to another R1150GSA recently and know what they need to do to fit mine.

    One thing they have decided is to ditch the idea of using the stock wheel brake rotor as part of the required handbrake system. It would be too difficult to pull the handbrake system apart to remove a wheel out bush, so the idea now is to have their standard (Harley?) handbrake system set-up inboard of the wheel hub. That means my chair wheel will be a simple 4-bolt removal complete with disk if I need a swap to the bike. Works for me.

    I look forward to the progress in the next few weeks and may do another (drive!) run over if it's worth the fuel. Otherwise, the next time I see it will be when finished and I go for a test-ride before taking the outfit home through the tight, steep and twisty hills from Oberon to Taralga! That should be interesting, given the last time I 'drove' a chair was several year's back, and that was only round the block!

    I'm quietly looking forward to this. Should be fun. Or an expensive 'mistake'!
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  20. Andrew2

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    Mick,
    let me know when your coming back through Taralga and I'll see if I can ride up there for a look.

    Cheers
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