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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by High Octane, Jul 8, 2015.
Too hot for fab work today, so the skid plate will need to wait.
I went to 1 1/8" of toe on the Kwack. Took SWMBO and Woody out for a 100 mile run last night. It tracked nice almost perfect, but I think just a little taller tire on the chair will pretty much bring the steering to neutral. It has a 195 45 15 on it now. The SC wheel is the same as the front bike wheel so I just ordered the same tire as the bike Yokohama S-Drive 195 55 15. I know DB, these tires are gonna wear out quickly but I'm in the Bill Balou camp until I have the handeling issue all sorted.
I did clean my shop. Thought someone might be interested in my tiny motohack shop.
Accessed thru my garage where I keep my other wheeled devices.
The Bills who are both gentlemen never give you any advice that can hurt you ! They don't want you putting on hard tires putting too much air in them getting on a wet road and spinning yourself into the ditch ! Will you tell us what kind of mileage you get out of these ? At 6k miles mine where toast ! Big blue was a little wider, had 16" rubber and 1.25" toe.
I hope there will be a bumper behind the tank, I was in the US Army burn ward in San Antonio when the Pinto gas tanks where going up ! Ouch
These wore well on back of GS rig but I could spin the rear on a really wet ride https://www.tires-easy.com/brands/falken-tires/ziex-ze950-a-s?code=28-952-561
I'll let you all know what kind of mileage I get. I don't think there are many tires sticky enough not to spin on a wet road. I could easily break the rear loose in second gear on dry pavement on the last set. I haven't given these the what for just yet. Woody doesn't hang on tight enough to get too wild.
I've got a bumper design bouncing around in the back of my head. But since you forced my hand, I'm planning to wait until next winter before any major fab work. I would like to move the radiator out front of the sidecar and incoprorate the radiator mounting to a front bumper, matching up with a rear bumper. But as you said before this is all a lot of work, and I'd just like to ride for a while! This bike has just a lot of smooth power, it just seems endless. It doesn't pull as hard as my k1600 but I don't think I'd ever need more on a sidecar rig. I just need to spend some time to get the feel of the thing. Sure wish I was heading to New York.
Mine adjusts at the sidecar swing arm for toe in. Maybe not the best system, but it works.
I would second that, even something a little crude but functional for the time being.
If done right, me thinks this would be better. I made my new mounts so they can also be adjusted easily but I still have to loosen both lower and upper mounts. Too many big bolts and too crowded to say it is a easy adjustment.
But I still have 6 gallons between my legs also.
True but that tank out back wold only take a gentle tap from the bumper of a car or truck to rupture it. I'm thinking the one between your legs would take considerably more of an impact to get to it and you would probably be rolling down the road.
Yeah, I agree. I need to make a trip to my tube bender. More to come.
I hate to be real prick Octane as you actually are a good guy and Woody is the apex of German dignity
One can get fuel cells in a bunch of different sizes and shapes http://www.jegs.com/i/RCI/821/2171A...HjIMawtMcGK4q97zSfbxo2mIYJ3lyurBoC63gQAvD_BwE
I looked at all different types. The first option I thought I would just put one in the trunk. But I scrapped that idea because I didn't want to waste all my trunk space. Then I thought since I raised the tub 2" I'd make one and put it between the frame and tub, but looked like a lot of welding and I'm not all that good at it. I kinda like the look of the external tank, even if it created a bit of controversy around here about getting a puncture. I seriously gave some thought to stencilling "The Bomb" on it, just to keep the pot stirred.
I took a run into Watertown to buy steel for the skid plate and bumper/cage. My tube bender had left for the races, so the bumper work can't start just yet. The warehouse guys all had to have a look and learn about the rig.
Nice 100 plus mile ride. God I'm glad I didn't get Pinto'd! (I don't actually know what all these emoji guys mean, but I like this one.)
It looks very cool ! You'll figure something out.
I never realized what a value big blue was ! I couldn't seem to get more than 28-30 mpg with it so it needed 12 gallons.
Didn't get the bumper done yet. My tube bender let me down, he bent the wrong radius, so the design had to change a bit.
The new sidecar tire is on. I went up to a 55 instead of the 45 so I could raise the chair just a bit. I rode it about 50 miles and I don't want to jinx myself but it's damn close to perfect.
It's loaded on the trailer and we're pulling to CO this afternoon. I seriously considered riding but I feel better getting a bit more time on it before a long trip. So we'll do the shake down around Longmount for a few days.
After an 80 mile run up into the mountains and back, I'm declaring victory. The Kwak handles just great. I'm very pleased with the result. I want to thank DB and FR700 for the encouragement to make the changes and everyone that posts on the forum, their experiences are the education that has helped me get this rig dialed in so well.
Thank you all.
The Kwak is Back!
I believe that if you were to hire a videographer to make a professional-level video of the Kwak running around on your local back roads, I would watch it. Wouldn't that be gratifying and fun? Shouldn't cost you more than a couple hundred.
How about I strap SWMBO to the tailgate of my pickup and have her shoot iPhone video of Woody and I screaming around the SD pasture country?
I'll see what I can do. Stay tuned. And keep a couch open in case something doesn't work out as planned.
Pic of the Kwak and Woody along the Poudre canyon. Great ride. I didn't put the Kwak to the test in the twisties cause Woody doesn't hold on tight enough and SWMBO knows better than to ride with him when I get that look in my eye.