Show us your sidecar suspensions!

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by rantingsmith, Mar 18, 2017.

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If you bought an existing sidecar, have you upgraded, or thought about upgrading its suspension

  1. No, it performed well enough.

    18 vote(s)
    30.0%
  2. Yes, but not sure how to.

    10 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Yes and I have.

    27 vote(s)
    45.0%
  4. No, but I woud if I could get a bolt on upgrade.

    5 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Long timer

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    What weight ( pound ) axle did you use ???
    I tried one marked 250# and it wouldn't move with 300# jumping on it!!!


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  2. Sport_Rider

    Sport_Rider Been here awhile

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    champion escort swingarm. this one has brake and adjustable tilt on it.

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  3. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Long timer

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    My latest sidecar suspension.
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  4. Neptune03

    Neptune03 Been here awhile

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  5. High Octane

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  6. Neptune03

    Neptune03 Been here awhile

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    My previous Yamaha GTS100 Sidebike Mega Comete and my current Yamaha FZ1 home built dual sport and current Hayabusa with RDS Neptune
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  7. High Octane

    High Octane Long timer Supporter

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    I’ll have to go back and review your build thread. Did you modify the rear swingarm on the dual sport FZ1? I’d like to get room for a wider tire on my Bumblezookie. Did you build the chs yourself of did Bill build it?
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  8. Neptune03

    Neptune03 Been here awhile

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    The only modification to suspension / swingarm on the FZ1 was longer shock links to increase ground clearance. The leading link front end and rest of the sidecar was cobbled together by me. The CHS as well as the steerable sidecar wheel, frame and sidecar suspension on both of the street bikes were built by Sidebike for the Mega Comete and RDS for the Neptune.
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  9. High Octane

    High Octane Long timer Supporter

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    What size is the rear tire on the FZ1?
    I wonder if I could cobble one of those FZ1 swingarms into my Bandit??
    Really some nice work. Sorry to have missed you last fall. Maybe we will have time to take a run up to VA when I visit Alabamer in November.
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  10. Turbomachine

    Turbomachine Stirring the noodle

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    Simple. Flexi-ride FR-550-S torsion half-axle, for a lightweight leaner. Doesn't provide a ton of damping but I've managed to tune it to ride reasonably well on smooth roads, which is all I do.

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  11. BigFatAl

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  12. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    Al,

    How bout sharing how you assembled the Box and what materials you used?
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  13. BigFatAl

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    I built it out of 5/8” CDX and sealed the inside with flex seal.
    I gave the outside 3 coats of bed liner.So far it’s been watertight!!!.



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  14. Haul N Ride

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    Hi there Rant,
    I have a wheelchair accessible sidecar. I purchased the tub on gumtree for $650. The swing arm shocky setup was all there in place. I will upload some pics for you. This setup carries 140 kg sidecar and 110 kg wheelchair and the occupant 55 kg. It has a pump up shocky, which is essential for the sidecar's purpose. Pumped to 80 psi when laden. This puts the sidecar on a huge lean when empty. So let it down to 50 psi and the sidecar sits horizontal when empty. IMG_20130223_110028.jpg IMG_20130223_110052.jpg IMG_20130223_133122.jpg IMG_20130223_133141.jpg
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  16. Haul N Ride

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  17. Haul N Ride

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    Now that I do like, I have a motorcycle trailer that carries a motorcycle behind my bike. I looks the same. My trailer has a big square solid rubber pushed into a square tubing just like your photo. The shocky has carried an iron 883, Ducati 750, Suzuki Intruder, Virago, 140 kg sidecar, huge logs to keep us warm in winter. I think the torsion shocky works extremely well.
    You can check out my trailer here: https://www.haulnride.com/motorcycle-trailers-ride-n-tow
    Cheers Dave
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  18. moffit virtue

    moffit virtue Japa

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  19. rantingsmith

    rantingsmith Quadrilingual blacksmith seat of pants engineer

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  20. moffit virtue

    moffit virtue Japa

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