The Albatross: 1150GS Sidecar Build

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

  1. GerardW

    GerardW Adventurer

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    Finally. Six months down the line and a month behind schedule, but we getting there. Very chuffed with myself. This weekend its installations and we go. IMG_8659.JPG
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  2. GerardW

    GerardW Adventurer

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    And finally we there. Brekfis run down to the beach with Wifey. Maybe at this stage I don't know better, but the car runs very nicely next to the bike.

    Thanks again PowderMonkey for letting me borrow your build and give updates

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  3. brstar

    brstar Long timer

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    Well done.
    Next comes the finishing "touches".
  4. GerardW

    GerardW Adventurer

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    There are lots of those left still to do.
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  5. mikepa

    mikepa SideCzarist Supporter

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    Why has @PowderMonkey 's thread been hi-jacked by another build report?
  6. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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  7. GerardW

    GerardW Adventurer

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    Sorry about that. I did apologize in advance. I copied his build and needed occasional guidance, which resulted in a progress pic now and again.
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  8. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    No worries. If it bothers some mod, they can clean it up at a later date. Otherwise, I think you added some good info and pics to the thread.
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  9. mikepa

    mikepa SideCzarist Supporter

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    Don't get me wrong, am interested in any hack build report, yours included, but would be cool if you had your own thread, makes searching and whatnot easier in the future!
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  10. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    Winter is set to arrive in the NE. I made alterations to my shed to accommodate the new rig. IMG_5753.jpg IMG_5704.jpg

    I have a few little projects on the rig I want to do in the spring. I did a couple last minute ones: IMG_5744.jpg IMG_5741.jpg
    Reflective decals, some roundels, and a third brake light.
  11. GerardW

    GerardW Adventurer

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    Thanks for indulging me. Five days down the line, and riding it daily, I am very happy with my rig. Its a good copy. I am sure it needs a bit of fine tuning, but will first get bit more experiene riding it.
  12. GerardW

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    I was asked about it earlier. I am more active on this forum where I did my build thread http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=237066.0

    It started before I found PM's thread. Cant remember the question though.
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  13. toranscott

    toranscott n00b

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    I just gave more time to this thread than I should have but I'm not mad at all... simply awesome...
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  14. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    These thingys come in real handy when shoe horning Rigs in where you want them.

    Ive got enough for 2 rigs.

    Pic wont work, car wheel dollies.
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  15. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    Spring er, mud season is in the air here in Maine:
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    I somehow managed to get the rig with car tires up for the back 40 yesterday, much to the dismay of my wife. Her lawn may never be the same.

    I sent in a set of Ohlins that I traded for a set of my pristine original GS rims. I had them rebuilt, and new springs put on. I used the info provided by @twintwin for a starting point. I have no idea what was sent back, but I’m hoping that it’s an improvement.
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    Rear measures in at 15.25”, while the front comes in at 13.5”. They’ll go in tomorrow.
  16. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    I expect those will be pretty stiff. I thought the Ohlins springs on my 1150GSA were just right (I'm a big guy who carries lots of stuff) and my front was a 13/58 (yours is a 26/85!) and my rear was a 64/160 (yours is a 69/170).
  17. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    What I found after a bit was overall stiffer was better than not stiff enough (50% sag), I enjoyed the ride allot better. You could always weigh it and get some progressive springs from EPM, AIrheadDan did that with his K1200/Hannigan I've driven it it's great.
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  18. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    Installed. Seem fine. I think I’d like even stiffer, honestly. The Ohlins coil on the front touches my crash bar bracing when fully unloaded. I don’t really think it’s an issue.
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  19. PowderMonkey

    PowderMonkey Been here awhile

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    I put about 50 miles on today. I take it all back. Having real suspension is amazing. I’m fairly certain that the nuances are lost on me, but I feel the weak link is the Hagon on the sidecar now. Ride quality is 1000K better.
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  20. PaulRS

    PaulRS Dutch fool

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    With you all the way.

    When we did my suspension last year, it went 70% stiffer at the rear.
    Surprisingly the front was ok as is, std solo Öhlins, lengthened by 15 mm and a bit of extra damping.

    The sidecar's shock, Koni 7610 went from 1 to 3 clicks (out of 4) on the damping.

    Can you adjust that Hagon?

    Paul.
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