SidecarLeigh's KLR 650 sidecar Project

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

  1. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    So the the picture above is about where my project sits ATM. After a chat with Alex 3legs and a lot of thought this project has stalled, mainly due to me having cancer. I don't want this to be about me because literally the day after I had my first Chemo I soon worked out that my problems shy into insignificance to others that are going through way worse than me. With a bit of luck I'll come out the other end. My Doctor has the same thought as well. So it started out with as limp in my right hip and within 2-3 weeks diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, mongrel thing!!!!! Thanks to my family and friends for all there support, especially my wife and 2 daughters along with their partners. I'll keep rattling along.
  2. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Good onya Leigh. Stay positive and let this build be part of your recovery.

    I know my build and all the well wishes I had from around the globe has really helped in a big way.

    Hopefully your recovery will make others think about their health and we can have a few more of us still around in years to come.

    Sidecar is looking good but you can keep fibreglassing to yourself. That is horrid stuff to work with :lol3:lol3:lol3

    Stay positive and you know where I live if you need anything even if it's just to vent.


    3legs
  3. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Thanks Alex, yeah had the mask etc. working flat out, way back when! Hopefully I can get little bits done, may be a shed tidy up, got a mates lad tidying all the fiberglass bits up, he does in a fifth of the time and better than me!! Let's see how I travel after more treatment??
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  4. brstar

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    Hopefully Leigh you will thrive on the Chemo if that's a good way to put it.
    I have a nephew and a niece who are both long term (25yrs) survivors of Lymphoma. ( if it's the same type not sure)
    So I hope to see more great work from you yet.
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  5. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Hi brstar, Thanks any long term success stories are good to hear, more projects?? Just want to get the ones I started finished. And thank you. Cheers Leigh
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  6. nicj

    nicj Shed Time!

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    KLR is looking very neat, magic stuff to look at. Did you ever end up doing anything with the Tiger that you had intended to put a chair on?
    Good luck with your treatment,hope it all goes well.
    Cheers Jason
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  7. brstar

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    Story about the nephew.
    Fairly hard headed lad.
    Not tall and a 100kg body builder at the time.
    It became a case of looks can be deceiving.
    He was in Kalgoorlie when he was diagnose and was operated on there.
    Had to come to Perth for Chemo though.
    His mum decided he needed something to encourage him a bit so she bought him a new Fatboy Harley.
    Yeah I know mothers love and soppyness.
    Anyways he flat refused to stay overnight in hospital.
    Said they are dangerous places where people die.
    True.
    1st time they put a liter of chemo in him he asked the doctor what he should do next?
    Doc said park up in the couch at home and watch a movie.
    So he rode the Harley to Albany (400klm)
    Threw up half way but made it OK.
    He said that when he 1st walked out the hospital after treatment he could hardly stand.
    Therefore he parked the Harley on the medium strip right by the emergency entrance.
    He could put his butt on the seat then drag a leg over the bike.
    Didn't have the strength to lift the bike upright so all he did was fire it up.
    Put it in gear and ride away.
    The sidestand sorted itself out.
    He reckoned that funny enough as soon as he got a bit of wind in the face he started feeling better.
    Anyway looks are deceiving.
    A few Klm down the road he was at a stoplight that took longer than normal for some reason.
    Young guy behind had a brain fart and popped the clutch bumping the Harley.
    Nephew throws his helmet on the ground looking very not happy.
    Young guy was to terrified to open up the car.
    Fact was a strong puff of wind would have knocked the nephew down.;
    Even if he looked the bad assed biker.
    Hope your situation works out well for you and your family.
    Cheers
  8. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Geez your nephew was lucky. I don't drive after my chemo infusion as I get very disorientated and my brain does funny things.

    Like I turn my head to the left (or right) but my brain takes about a second or two to tell my eyes to follow. Very weird and I certainly would not like to be driving.

    Your nephew is right about everything else although thankfully I have never vomited due to the chemo. Even still have my hair and if anything it's growing thicker and faster. Weird.:lol3

    Oh and another thing when i'm on the chemo my joints pain is almost nothing but the week that i'm off chemo ( like this week ) boy does it come back:lol3

    Sorry Leigh for thread hijack:D
  9. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Thanks Jason,
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    @SidecarLeigh

    my wife is two years past chemo and other treatments ... clearly, she’s being very careful these days, but she’s ornerier than ever ... the experience seems to have distilled her into a more pure, potent version of herself.

    May you and your family be as lucky.
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  11. Packo

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    Bugger, sorry to hear that Leigh
    Stay positive and may you have the best of luck with your treatment
    Please keep chipping away at your project, it will be great to see the finished product and read your Simpson ride report
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    High Octane Long timer Supporter

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    Good luck and all. I sure do like your creativity and build quality.
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    Miggins1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    All the best with the chemo Leigh - ain't life a twat sometimes?
  14. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Hi Jason, the Tiger sits in my shed......coz I thought I would finish the KLR and get my desert trips in before I got too old..............Mmmm, I will get to that for sure.
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  15. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Too old?

    Bit late for that Leigh :lol3:lol3:lol3

    Come on you know you laughed. It's the best medicine:lol3
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  16. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Mmmm, yes when I first started getting some pain in my right hip, my mates got in to me about being old and getting arthritis!!! We all learnt that arthritis was a mis- diagnosis. The plans for future trips with Ray will be fluid and we'll get trips done for sure. Old???? We'll see how it turns out when treatment is finished. Thanks Alex for the laughs
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  17. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all for your thoughts and humor. Got a little bit done today, needed to drill a hole, jeez it took me 40 mins to drill one lousy 19.5mm hole. Going to "post" it to my finishing man plus the inner guard infill piece. Feel better for it!! 20200417_133256.jpg 20200417_133203.jpg 20200417_133203.jpg
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    Oops x 2 on one photo, bad luck!!
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  20. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, well not too much has happened lately. Been spending a lot time in hospital, here for another 4 to 6 days for more treatment. One lot of Chemo really knocked me around, now having a different lot, so we'll see how that goes. Sidecar mudguard is coming along, soon to be primed. Once I feel better I'll get back to my shed and tackle the grab rail etc. then get the nose cone to the sander/finisher. Cheers Leigh