Here I go again

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by draperg1, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    Several months ago I ran across what I thought was a good buy on a Hannigan chair. Boss monkey and I hopped in the truck on a Friday and drove from VA to MI and were back on Sunday afternoon. It sat in my shop for a couple of days while I ran over the options in my head. This is a big chair but one of the knocks on it was the windshield wraps around all way around and limits the fresh air. I decided to remedy this with some zip down removable side curtains.


    Now for the mule option. The only solo bike I had at this point was an 08 BMW K12GT. First I realized this was not going to be good option because of size of car and possible mounting locations on bike. This coupled with the realization while on my 8 day 3700mi trip this summer, I really missed my rig and my long distance solo days are coming to an end, so I started looking for another mule. In November I ran across a 99 BMW K12LT with only 4300mi on the clock. This bike had been sitting in a climate controlled garage for 17yrs. Now at the dealership where I purchased the GT a trade was agreed on and home it came.


    The first thing I did was remove the large tour trunk that had all the entertainment controls for passenger since I have no plan to carry a passenger on bike. I replaced this with a smaller givi trunk that I mounted a auxiliary fuel cell in. Next were new Spiegler brake lines. Since I have Bluetooth helmet I removed all the outdated sound system, cd changer, cassette deck and communication. I currently have rear wheel and adapter, steering mod, heavy front shock spring, and subframe/mounts on order from Claude at Freedom Sidecars, so the process begins....
    The car body is now at paint shop!

    Will post updates.

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  2. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels.

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    Congrats. Love to follow these threads.

    Brand of car?

    The fuel cells looks like a mini-keg!
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  3. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Hannigan http://www.freedomsidecars.com/sidecars/hannigan_sidecars.htm

    Good stuff, and Claude/Freedom is a great builder and installer...and one of Hannigan's favorites.
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  4. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    I know my tastes are skewed, but I would've sent all the LT plastic to the paint shop and kept the car the way it is. I really like that paint job!
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  5. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels.

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    Like you, I like the green better. I had a 99 RT that was Boston Green and my favorite of all the RT's I owned. Mostly because there were so few imported and it was a one year only color.

    Either way, looking forward to seeing the completed rig.
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  6. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    My buddy Bill Lewis said the same thing but up close the car had a lot of chips and bad paint, the bike is almost flawless!
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  7. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    The car is a Hannigan GT a 2001 vintage. The tank was purchased off ebay but looks identical to the one I have on my R11 rig that came from tour tank/coyote products (not sure they are still around).
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  8. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    I agree, Claude is a real gentleman and very helpful. This will be my 5th rig build and he has helped me with parts and knowledge on most of them. If I were going to have it done he is the one I would get, however I enjoy the process and love projects especially now that I have retired!
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  9. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels.

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    Hard to find an 18 year old bike in that condition! Nice
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    Ridn3 Lopsidd

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  11. CCjon

    CCjon Gypsy Rider Supporter

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    draperg1, am going to start shooting you a lot of questions as I also just acquired a '99 K1200LT but with a Champion Escort car.

    If always riding without a passenger, did you look at mounting the aux fuel cell where the passenger seat is? That section is easy to remove, fabricate a base plate for mounting, easy access for fueling, no fumes inside a closed case.

    Looking forward to seeing how and where you plumb into the fuel lines. Transfer pump or gravity feed?

    What size rear tire will you be running with the adapter?

    Thanks you for sharing the build process.

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  12. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    CCjon, Because of the large (HUGE) trunk on this sidecar storage is not a problem. It could be mounted at the passenger seat but I would have to sling my leg over it. It is plumbed into the return line of the FI as I did on my R1100R rig, with a check valve so as not to pressurize the auxiliary tank. Since I performed the "cannisterectomy" on this bike I mounted my Mr Gasket fuel pump in the hole it left. This is the same system I currently use on my R11 and it works very well. As yet I have not had a chance to test this one but on the R11 will transfer the 2.2 gal in about 6 min on the highway, about 4-5 min while not running. The rear wheel conversion Claude sells uses a 15" auto wheel and takes a 165/80 15 tire. I have this same set-up on my R11.

    Below is what I removed from the bike in the form of cassette deck, radio, comm system plus the 6 cd changer from the saddlebag. I actually have a glove box that can be used!

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  13. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    Back from the paint shop! Great job!

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  14. CCjon

    CCjon Gypsy Rider Supporter

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    Thank you for keeping us informed of the progress. Great ideas.
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  15. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    The touches that allow me to continue playing with sidecars!

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    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels.

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    LOOKING GOOD!
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  17. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Before you mount one of Claudes 165/80/15 that are tall and not available everywhere you may want to consider mounting 175/65/15 which are easier to get multiple tread patterns and are shorter and will give you a lower overall gear ratio inspite of what Claude says I've converted several of his customers.They will lower the gearing 2mph for the same engine speed ! We're back to sidecars are all the little details !
    Tire size calculator https://tiresize.com/calculator/

    You o really nice work !
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  18. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    Actually I am only getting the wheel and adapter from Claude and will be sourcing the tire locally so that should be easy since they are both 15". Now I have a question, thinking back to my dirt racing days - would not a shorter rear raise the gearing and a taller lower? Larger rear sprocket or smaller front = lower gearing. Thanks for your comments.
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  19. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Come on Bill ! larger wheel goes around slower a smaller one faster , a taller rear tire is a higher gear :-)
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  20. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    • :y0!In school again! I flunked algebra because no body could convince me 2 negatives were positive and not twice as negative.
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