SidecarLeigh's KLR 650 sidecar Project

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by SidecarLeigh, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Clancy

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  2. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    That's fine, I have been slack posting up stuff. Things are progressing and as soon as I get components finished I'll post them up.Leading link nearly finished, all mounting hardware is at 90% finished point. So hopefully I'll be on track real soon
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  3. SidecarLeigh

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    image.jpeg Well it's nearly finished, I figure once I have the front wheel pivoting then I'm well on my way, brake caliper mount is all but done, steering damper all ready to fit as well. Still looks like I've done bugger all but there are many hours in machining and thinking!!!!!
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  4. BigFatAl

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    Did you build a floating front brake ??.
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  5. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Yes I've only ever ridden one sidecar with no floating front brake on a leading link and that was the first sidecar I rode (a few years ago now) It's been floating front calipers only for me.
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  6. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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  7. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    This seems to be taking a long time, but hopefully the next couple of days will get things moving again
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  8. SidecarLeigh

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    TriplebikeRay is over soon, so we'll do some more work 20190411_141512.jpg
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  9. SidecarLeigh

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    More work done over the last few months or so. Progress not real fast but there you have it 20190915_161857.jpg
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  10. SidecarLeigh

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    More photos 20190915_161914.jpg
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  11. SidecarLeigh

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  12. Clancy

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    I know I shouldn't have expected anything less but that sure is pretty:clap
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  13. SidecarLeigh

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    Thanks Clancy, other bits are getting near completion. Going to set up the rear swingarm, rear caliper, chain guide etc. next.
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  14. FLYING EYEBALL

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    Nice looking stuff!
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  15. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    Back from Mr Leigh's home last night. You'd reckon in over two weeks he would get more done. But consider that the swinging arm came in and out about 10 times (with the wheel and chain installed each time) before he was happy to use the welder, and then another couple of times before the chain guide was 'done', you may understand that this stuff takes bloody ages. While Leigh was welding, filing, notching, aligning, bending, measuring and marking, I set about trying to get his lathe tools somewhat sorted.

    It's not out of metal, so Leigh is absolutely lost.

    But we also got time away on our solo Tigers. 3 days to the Yorke Peninsula.
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    That is Troubridge Hill light in the background.

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    And foreground. 62 metres above see leve - at the light, I presume.

    And Corny Point light.
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    Nice ride. Next time it will be on the outfit(s).

    Also went to the Clare Road Trial. Just one snap from there, here.

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    The KLR will be finished. Much of the fabrication is done. It's the putting together and the pretty finishes that will now absorb time.
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  16. SidecarLeigh

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    The rear swingarm and linkage are a bit of a gamble. I hope my idea works in the real world. The idea is to move the rear shock back, lengthen and strengthen the rear swingarm, so I didn't need such a huge rear shock spring!!!! We'll see 20190311_180003.jpg
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  17. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    This is the hands down finest KLR sidecar build on the planet.
    Most impressive work on the humble KLR , I'm an owner and admirer of the things. I have 3 '92 models bought at an average of $1000 each , an '88 bought dis - assembled , sans wheels , for $300 ,an '09 bought for $900 with a bad motor and an '08 with a DMC Enduro chair picked up for $2500 . I mostly ride one of the '92's now showing 84,000 miles and about to receive some suspension from Cogent Dynamics that while it will no doubt improve the suspension , cost more than the bike is worth.
    Love your work !
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  18. SidecarLeigh

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    Cheers for that bb baker, now can you just put that into words my wife will get!!!! Na she's all good. I just need to finish the thing, but not lose what I set out to build. Hopefully I can achieve a fair bit next week (on holidays ) I'll see how my new rear swingarm and linkage work before I get serious. Cheers Leigh
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  19. SidecarLeigh

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    Sidecar removed today, welded in some more tubes, one to support the fuel tank and one for in front of the rear box. And welded in some floor mounts. Refit it soon and start the front nose cone. 20191003_135101.jpg
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