SidecarLeigh's KLR 650 sidecar Project

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  1. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Hi guys,

    As Tripodtiger has already mentioned I am at the start of building myself a new light weight sidecar for my 2016 KLR 650. I'll do the usual KLR 650 modifications that make sense to me and are related to my sidecar. The intention is to build a light weight sidecar that will carry all my gear for camping etc.and when empty be able to carry a passenger and some gear, all the while being practical, functional and appealing to my eyes!!
    The base idea is to have a bolt on sidecar (no NOT to be removed easily and converted back to solo form) Leading link front forks, 17" sidecar wheel that will carry the same size rear tyre as the KLR, sidecar wheel brake. As usual I'll put my own twist on sidecar mounts, sidecar shape etc.
    I'll do my best to keep the photo's coming (thanks Ray for posting)
    First up is to get the KLR on the Dyno and get a base, all I am going to do is to get it running correctly and make sure the Air/Fuel ratio is good.

    Cheers Leigh
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  5. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    image.jpeg I took this sidecar for a 4,000km trip back in 2103
    The new KLR sidecar will be similar but with a modern touch
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  6. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    It appears that after a phone call to Trippedover tonight and a little persistence from me I can post photo's myself.
    Who would have thunked, Thanks Ray

    So I'll post up as things progress
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    Now that, I like. Too low for Woody to ride in but if I didn’t have a big dog I’d copy it. And I can see a SV650 bolted to it.
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  8. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    That's a cool little rig, do you have a build thread on it??
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  9. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    No mate, no thread build, a fellow competitor from way back built this one. A mate of mine purchased the sidecar then I fitted it to his NX650 and after this 4,000km ride we widened the wheel track by 120mm. It was very nice to ride, the leading link which I built made it handle very well but as narrow as it was it was a bit light with no passenger! Although it might look heavy with the gear for the trip, it was nice and light to ride
    Cheers Leigh
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  10. SidecarLeigh

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    image.jpg Out in the shed tonight, I fabricated a subframe brace for the right hand side.
    I want to brace subframe, it just gives me a bit more confidence and besides I hate fixing stuff on the road/trail!
    Just need to weld the boss to the plate/brace and do a final fit and finish.
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    Anyone with a name like that should be listened too.

    Leigh
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  18. SidecarLeigh

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    image.jpeg Been working on the mounting system, I like to clamp rather than weld to a motorcycle frame, that's just me. All in all there will be 9 clamps all of which have about 20 plus individual machining processes, overboard? maybe, maybe not. The plan is to finish each mount or go as far as I can, sometimes you need to complete other stuff in order to finish something else. Then move onto the sidecar wheel, swingarm etc.
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Top rear mounts nearly in place, rear strut mounts and lower rear mounts ready for final fit and weld! Airbox will need a little modification. Dyno has been done, rich down low and lean up top, so I can work on that
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    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    We'll have to have another photography lesson.
    And you can now add a line between the photos.
    And start your typing on another line.

    Come on, Leigh. Do I have to do it all for you?? :*sip*


    All progress is good.
    (I got that primer coat onto the TTR frame, before it starts to rain).
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