The Albatross: 1150GS Sidecar Build

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by PowderMonkey, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Long timer

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    I can relate. My wife said the same thing a few years ago when I brought home my sidecar rig. Since then every year we've gone on a trip and last year on our sidecar trip out west she fell asleep in the car, twice in the same day. So never doesn't always mean never.
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  2. Ridn3

    Ridn3 Lopsidd

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    I was told that also so I spent a couple of months with a friend building a subframe for the airhead. My friend passed away and another friend helped me finish it. After it was finished, the very same day, she said " if you want me to ride in it, you need to put it on the other bike (oilhead). I spent hundreds of dollars and another few months moving it to the Oilhead. At least she rides with me, now on a Kbike rig.
  3. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Damn ! I was wondering why I never got married :hmmmmm
  4. GerardW

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    Now I can relate to what PM said earlier. Last night I installed the actuator. Its mesmerizing. Sat playing with it for about 5 minutes.
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  5. GerardW

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    just can't help myself

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  6. GerardW

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    Hey PowderMonkey, are your spots direct connected to battery with external switch or did you wire it into the ignition ? If the latter, from where did you pick up the power ?

    I usually pic
    k up from the taillight, but am already running the cars taillight direct from it so do not want to over load it.
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  7. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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  8. Gestalt

    Gestalt Been here awhile

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    I wanted to ask has anyone ever taken a Ural and fitted modern BMW parts to a Ural sidecar unit. Engine, drivetrain, wheels pretty much everything to a modified frame ? I ask as I know the Ural has reliability issues and build quality issues (Opinions vary I know) but the Ural is a good looking bike and a modern BMW can be purchased for reasonable money ? A bike which is basically a BMW in a Ural frame would be sort of a reliable cool looking side car unit ?
  9. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Ask PowderMonkey: https://advrider.com/f/threads/r100-powered-ural-6k.1412052/
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  10. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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  11. GerardW

    GerardW Adventurer

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    Boot frame came out very nicely
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  12. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    I swapped my wire wheels for a used set of ohlins that I intend to rebuild and re-spring.
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    @twintwin graciously shared info on the shocks he had built for his 1100gs rig. I’m probably going to follow his path, unless steered in another direction. Obviously, no height increase in the front.
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  13. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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  14. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    Spots are on a separate circuit, using an eastern beaver relay setup. I don’t see why you couldn’t use the tail to trigger a relay? The voltage draw would be negligible.
  15. GerardW

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    Tub is done welded. Still have to do a neat finish, but that an wait for next year. I have to get it on the bike by this weekend and certified next week to be ready for our year end tour. All the stuff around it is ready to be installed.

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  16. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    About that rear Ohlins, the one I used for my 1150GSA was set up to "Adventure" length and the spring was a 79/190 -- which in "Ohlins-speak" means 1085 lbs/inch, or 19.36 kg/mm. Of course now, I'm a big guy, but I don't carry as much stuff as a lot of guys when I'm fully loaded for camping, so maybe it evens out. Anyway, I liked my 79/190 set up the way I described it in that post you drudged up from above.
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  17. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Though I laughed at DRONE several years ago about his spring rate, after weighing my r1150gsa at each wheel and consulted Klaus at EPM Perf and ended up with the same sort of spring.:-)
  18. PaulRS

    PaulRS Dutch fool

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    Just for the record.
    I ended up with a rear spring by Hyperpro, progressive spring rate 250-380 N/mm.
    I myself measure 190 cm, 110 kg.

    Paul.
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  19. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    I was around 110kg in my 50's, and I'm not too far off from that now, but can that 250-380 N/mm be right?

    The rear HyperPro on my R1200GSA had a 198-292 N/mm spring. That makes your 1100 spring 25% heavier than my 1200 spring.
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  20. PaulRS

    PaulRS Dutch fool

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    That’s what the man said.

    Paul.
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