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1st Time I seen one like this

Postby Possum51 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:37 pm



It appears to be a sidecar/camper. pretty cool, looks like it would be hard to see to the left.
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby kwild » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:41 pm

Now that is thinking, Oops Riding outside the box.
Very cool rig.
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:44 pm

Ha ha ha, pretty good...I think I have seen this before on this site ... :lol: Possum51 How did you get you're name there...Is there a story behind it..???

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby Possum51 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:51 am

littlebeaver wrote:Ha ha ha, pretty good...I think I have seen this before on this site ... :lol: Possum51 How did you get you're name there...Is there a story behind it..???

No real story in the name, the area I live in is called Possum Point, lol
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:21 pm

A custom I did for another California customer. He did a trip to Alaska with it. :lol:
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:29 pm

See now If I had a 1500 and wanted a sidecar, that would be the one of my dreams.. You'd almost have to have a larger bike for that sucker, or would you...??? 1100 maybe...naw... :shock: :shock: ?? I'm seeing a sidecar post going on here now...I like it..from the looks of it a rider can just look over the top, I'm sure it's designed for that...Cool stuff man...Sir you are one badass craftsmen...You're work shows it... :D

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:28 pm

littlebeaver wrote:See now If I had a 1500 and wanted a sidecar, that would be the one of my dreams.. You'd almost have to have a larger bike for that sucker, or would you...??? 1100 maybe...naw... :shock: :shock: ?? I'm seeing a sidecar post going on here now...I like it..from the looks of it a rider can just look over the top, I'm sure it's designed for that...Cool stuff man...Sir you are one badass craftsmen...You're work shows it... :D


Thanks. Jobs like this one are a lot of fun. Starting from scratch and building to meet the customers needs are what I like most. This one has sliding windows, electric fan in roof vent and the seat folds down for sleeping. It also has a removable "tray" that clips in high enough for his small dog to see out while traveling as well as keeping the dog in his own bed. Electric trim and Brembo brakes are part of the package.
I am putting another rig together for myself and decided to build another GL1100. I have put thousands of miles on GL1500 rigs and they are awesome but I just have a weak spot for the 1100's. I'm using an 83 for it's taller gearing. While this seems wrong at first, I am planning to put a custom drive wheel on the back using a smaller diameter car tire. That gives me better traction, braking and tire life on longer trips as well as improving the ride both in the sidecar and on the bike. The diameter of the new tire is smaller than stock so the gearing actually ends up a little lower than even the 80/81 models which is perfect.
You would be surprised at just how well the 1100's will pull a rig. A friend of mine has an 82 that we put a sidecar on when it was new. He has traveled almost anywhere you can think of in North America including Mexico with it also pulling a tent trailer. At just over 300,000 miles he decided to swap out the motor as it was starting to smoke a bit. :lol:

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:57 pm

To date, I was unaware of a car tire fitting any 1100 Gl, can you post that information please, I'm sure those specially made sidecar's are not cheap, if you don't mind me asking the price for one of those puppy's? I promise I won't be shocked.. :D I'd say if a custom trailer is $2.500 or so then the sidecar would be at least double that...???? :D

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:19 pm

littlebeaver wrote:To date, I was unaware of a car tire fitting any 1100 Gl, can you post that information please, I'm sure those specially made sidecar's are not cheap, if you don't mind me asking the price for one of those puppy's? I promise I won't be shocked.. :D I'd say if a custom trailer is $2.500 or so then the sidecar would be at least double that...???? :D


There is no car tire fitting the stock wheel mainly because of width. I make a custom wheel for sidecar use only as I can gain a little width by moving the wheel center slightly to the left. Doesn't matter with three wheels. I can still only just squeeze a 145/15 in there and most popular is the 135/15. Both are getting hard to find but are available.
A sidecar with mounts for your bike starts at $3695 and a custom like the one shown about three times that. Some pretty nice ones available around the six to eight thousand range though.

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:00 pm

Something that customized should cost alot, but when you think about everything that goes into manufactoring something that cool it's not all that much, Still less than a used Harley...... Hey Possum51, how do you like it, I really like the one you posted but I am liking the white one too..Not you're typical sidecar that's for sure... :D oops I reread you're post and now I realized you said a custom wheel oops sorry about that.. :shock:

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby GRAWER » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:24 pm

I'm at the stage of designing the caravan similar to my GL 1200, according to the Polish law only team bike + trailer can not be longer than 4 meters and the weight of the trailer must not exceed 100 kg. This is probably a very old recipe from the 50 century and there is no one who changed it.

Jestem na etapie projektowania podobnej przyczepy kempingowej do mojego GL 1200, tylko według polskich przepisów zespół motocykl + przyczepa nie może być dłuższy niż 4 metry a waga przyczepy nie może przekraczać 100 kg. Jest to bardzo stary przepis chyba z lat 50 i nie ma go kto zmienić.

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby tandem54 » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:53 pm

Looks good, my grand daughters would love it! I'm sure a sidecar would be bad on your MPG! wind would be a killer on MPG.
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:10 pm

tandem54 wrote:Looks good, my grand daughters would love it! I'm sure a sidecar would be bad on your MPG! wind would be a killer on MPG.


The custom one shown is not what you would call aerodynamic. :lol: Generally you will lose about 20% depending on how you ride. The good thing about Gold wings is that they are easy to include and hook up an extra tank. My nephew and I did a three week coast to coast when he was eight. Now he's married and works in a bank but still talks about it. :D

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:19 pm

I don't know about you guy's but I'm proud of a guy that can do work like that, and he is a member here, how about that.... :D I find that to be way cool, we all have our talents but this making sidecar's and stuff is just right down awesome. :D .Makes me wonder what I could do if I set my sights to something.. :shock: :shock: Possum51 thank's for posting this post, if you didn't Sparrowhawwk may have never posted his sidecar,,,good for you...

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby Possum51 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:09 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Something that customized should cost alot, but when you think about everything that goes into manufactoring something that cool it's not all that much, Still less than a used Harley...... Hey Possum51, how do you like it, I really like the one you posted but I am liking the white one too..Not you're typical sidecar that's for sure... :D oops I reread you're post and now I realized you said a custom wheel oops sorry about that.. :shock:

Actually I like them both (not really into sidecars, but) I mean all the thought and craftmanship that went into them I think is awesome !!! plus one of them is a member here to boot !!!
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:43 pm

Sparrowhawwk, do you have more cool stuff to show us? Please do, if so.... Got some pretty talented dude's around here man.... :D

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby sparrowhawwk » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:21 pm

Well, not exactly Honda Goldwing stuff but you might find this interesting. We do a lower more cruiser looking version that we can put on the GL's but I can't find a picture right now. Working on a left hand mount version of this to go to the UK soon.
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:15 pm

Oh man, that's nice man...those rims look sharp man... :D You do some pretty cool stuff..

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby Sidcar » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:01 pm

The sidecar is a Gemini double adult, no sweat for a Wing but I've seen being dragged along by 500cc singles.

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby redial » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:37 pm

The 2nd two-wheeler I got was a Lambretta 175 motor scooter, complete with a sidecar. It was a fun machine, and I rode it to work on a daily basis, and did a couple of long trips on it. It was good for 80Km/h (about 50 MPH) with someone in the sidecar. It used to fly when there was no sidecar attached, and was good for about 80 MPH. I even took my wife to a ball, with her in the sidecar in a full dress, and myself in a tuxedo and crash helmet. The sidecar had a hood so that her hair would not get messed up. Oh, to be young and silly again :D
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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby Mag » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:32 pm

Now that was a good post....remember what we did when we were younger? The dumb/fun things that we did. ;)

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby GRAWER » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:23 am

As I mentioned earlier in the project to make a trailer caravan to my GL 1200, please advice which may have a maximum width that ran well at the same time does not interfere with the right of the road, I plan to do with the dimensions: length-200 cm. 120 cm-width. height-150 cm. wheel 12 ". ;)

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Re: 1st Time I seen one like this

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:13 am

GRAWER wrote:As I mentioned earlier in the project to make a trailer caravan to my GL 1200, please advice which may have a maximum width that ran well at the same time does not interfere with the right of the road, I plan to do with the dimensions: length-200 cm. 120 cm-width. height-150 cm. wheel 12 ". ;)


Your dimensions look good. Your trailer will be about 40cm wider than your motorcycle. You will need to ride more in the center of your lane which can have oil from cars and trucks on it. Keep the weight down as much as possible. You need to stop it too. :lol:




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