GSX 1400 Build

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Clancy, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    This story starts a few years back, when I first started thinking about building something. I asked about which bike to use and only two really figured in the replies - K1100 and GSX 1400. The BMW became available first

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=554433


    After about three years, and about 40K kms I started to think about a GSX.

    This came up at the right price, 20K kms and immaculate condition.
    My first look at it.

    [​IMG]


    So with NevGriff's help it landed in my shed


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]
    #1
  2. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,548
    Location:
    mena, Ar
    Been looking forward to this


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    #2
  3. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    Farkles first.



    [​IMG]
    New front screen.



    [​IMG]

    Seat cover for the long trips




    [​IMG]

    A couple of extra power outlets, and a fuel inlet welded into the bottom of the tank.




    [​IMG]

    Car tyre on the back.





    [​IMG]

    and a bigger tyre on the front.



    The two main criteria for the new one were: Less weight and better use of space. The BMW had been a bit heavy, mainly because of the materials I'd used, and there was quite a bit of wasted space, mainly around the fuel tank, and battery/electrics box. Hopefully, that would be taken care of with the new one.
    #3
  4. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander still alive and well

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    9,134
    Location:
    Montreal
    Great looking bike and I'll bet it sounds even better with the 'Tunes on there.
    #4
  5. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,110
    Location:
    Visalia CA
    Ooh, that nice wide tire in the back looks good!

    :lurk
    #5
  6. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    #6
  7. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®℗

    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Oddometer:
    18,166
    Location:
    Your imagination.
    :lurk
    #7
  8. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,215
    Location:
    Perth west aussie
    I'm in :wave:drums
    #8
  9. ked

    ked Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Oddometer:
    542
    Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
    gotta a peek at the chair? i'd love to take the bike for a long ride before it gained a 3rd wheel. beautiful!

    ked:ear
    #9
  10. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    I did take it out two or three times before work started, and it's a great solo bike. Heaps of torque and fun to ride. A handful if you make a mistake though:wink:
    #10
  11. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    That parcel arrive yet Bully???:D:evil
    #11
  12. Brendan J

    Brendan J Pfft

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,896
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    About time :ddog
    #12
  13. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

    Joined:
    May 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,349
    Location:
    Frankston, Vic, Aust.
    +1!
    #13
  14. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,215
    Location:
    Perth west aussie
    Not yet, should be today then put the upgrade springs on em
    #14
  15. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    Since I built the BMW, I've had the opportunity to look at many other outfits that are more than capable of doing all the things that I want to do, with a minimum of fuss, and very few breakdowns.
    They've all been ridden long miles on some of our very ordinary:eek1 roads, and they all reflect a lot of modification, gained from experience. In other words, if it broke, make it again, but stronger:D

    The inspiration:

    [​IMG]

    Even Jack (the owner) would probably tell you that this isn't a pretty outfit:D and it isn't; but if I can travel as far with mine, as quick and with as few problems as this GSX I'm going to be very happy.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    The two outfits above are long distance favourites. Again, built to withstand long distances on very average outback roads.



    So with those in mind, work was started on the sidecar frame. I'd already decided on using round tube this time, with the intention of building a frame that was strong enough to work without a body, because the body this time was going to be just two aluminium boxes. A lot of weight in the last one went into the square tube, and fairly heavy gauge aluminium that I used for the body.

    [​IMG]
    #15
  16. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    [​IMG]


    Not many pics of this part of the build, but it's fairly basic.




    [​IMG]

    When I built the BMW, I used heim joints for the swing arm pivots, with the expectation that it would be a useful adjustment point if I needed it. In the three years of riding it, I didn't need to touch it. So this time I just went with conventional bushes.



    [​IMG]


    Using a GSX rear wheel for the sidecar was a bit out of the question due to the width of the wheel and the axle length, so this time it was a front wheel instead.
    The axle is still quite long so an outer support was used. Easy to get the wheel off though:D Just lift the caliper up, remove three bolts, and slide the wheel off.
    #16
  17. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,992
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    [​IMG]


    The intention initially was to fit a cable operated parkbrake, so after a bit of a search, I found a caliper from a Raptor was ideal.




    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]

    So that was about it for this stage of the build. Next step was for the frame and bike to go to Phyllis for him work his magic, and temporarily join the two together.
    #17
  18. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

    Joined:
    May 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,349
    Location:
    Frankston, Vic, Aust.
    :tb
    #18
  19. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,448
    Location:
    looking for a smaller house & bigger shed.
    :thumb:lurk
    #19
  20. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Oddometer:
    798
    Location:
    CBR, AUS
    :lurk

    :freaky Glad this is finally kicking off. & thanks for the sneak peak on the weekend.
    #20