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post #1 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hacked my Strom, version2

OK, 2nd try. Will try a pic 1st


07 DL1000 (in the UK)
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Eeeha, it worked 8)

My SO, Connie, has a disiability which makes it difficult for her to ride long distance on the back of my regular bikes. Last Feb, I bought a Ural Retro w/ sidecar and she rode with me from Vancouver to LA. Absolutely loved it. Only problem, the Ural is pretty old (like 60years) technology.

So, I gave serious thought to hacking either my 12GS or the Road King, but the GS seemd too expensive, and the RK has over 70,000 miles.

So, after some thought, I decided the perfect bike was a DL1000. Great looking, plenty of power, excellent reliability, and reasonable price.

I shipped the bike to Dauntless Motoers in Seattle, where they did a custom install of a new Ural sidecar (not the one on the Retro, I still have it). Plus, a few other trick things.

It has electric actuated TILT, which, with a switch on the dash will raise the side car (tilt it) by 4 inches. Great for crowns in the road which cause the rig to pull to the right.

Also, hacks steer hard due to the sidecar. We reduced the front trail by 3" by using leading legs on the forks. I will attach a couple pics.

The sidecar has a disc brake as well as a separate brake pedal which helps turning to the right (i.e. press the right rear brake only :arrow: ).

Then, added Happy Trails panniers, a Hella fog lamp,.

Riding a Hack is unlike anything I have ridden. I wouldn't replace motorcycles with one, but they make a great addition.

Here's the leading leg forks, plus a couple pics on Mount Ranier






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DL100 w/ Ural sidecar (in Socal)
RoadGlide
R1200GS
Road King
GoldWing
Dyna Superglide
Streetrod
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Final pics, including the rear TILT, fog lamp, and Connie






07 DL1000 (in the UK)
DL100 w/ Ural sidecar (in Socal)
RoadGlide
R1200GS
Road King
GoldWing
Dyna Superglide
Streetrod
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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The rig rides very nice, although the combination of sidecar weight (maybe 200-250 poinds (?) plus wind resistance plus drag (i.e. it is attached on one side) really affects mpg.

Normal riding seems to get 30 or so, extended freeway at 70 or so drops it to 25 :shock:

However, this seems very normal compared to others with sidecars,

We rode about 2,000 miles, a couple weeks ago, from Seattle to LA, down highway 101 and/or PCH. Took 11 days 8)

Perfect weather, low 70s, sunshine the entire way :lol:

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DL100 w/ Ural sidecar (in Socal)
RoadGlide
R1200GS
Road King
GoldWing
Dyna Superglide
Streetrod
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 02:39 AM
 
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Looks great mate!
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 09:46 AM
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whoa! now *that's* a sweet ride. very nice.
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sweet

that is cool. nice pics too.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 01:27 PM
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Awesome mod! And that's cool of you to to the extra mile to include your mate.

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-08-2006, 05:36 PM
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That is awesome. I always love it when people go above and beyond the normal farkling and come up with something useful and different. Great job.

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Impressive looking rig.

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