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1300 R with a sidecar finished

Well, finally finished with sidecar mod to the 1300.
Took about a year with the paint and frame mods but shes done,
Quite a learning curve but loads of fun and the shepherds luv it.
What-cha think?
 

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One of the absolute coolest things I have seen on this site (or anywhere else). Congrats on a beautiful job.
 

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Great Job

MAN, that is one great sidecar job!!! It looks great inside and out; although, I wonder about that harley fender on the same machine with a VTX!
 

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That is really nice. You did a great job on it. Did you do "easy steer", aka rake, on the forks? How does it handle?

I have been thinking of a sidecar rig. I even took a sidecar safety class. It was really a good class. I did not realize how different from a trike they handled.
 

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I love mine, yes, there is a learning curve, and right turns are probably the earliest ones that you MUST learn to negotiate. The first day I brought mine home, I went into the turn onto my road, and lifted that sidecar wheel, I instantly knew I'd have to develop a deep respect for the rig.
My sidecar is a California Escort,, which was titled with the bike. It was built that way when I got it, and you will most likely be inundated with questions about how it handles, do you steer it like a "real" bike, you will be tempted to tell them,"no, it steers like an artificial bike, lol.
You can not ride a sidecar rig, and not have folks looking it over, wondering about this or that.
I've found that you can't avoid drawing a crowd when you stop, and you will be the kids best friend in the world, as well.


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You'll also want to go to www.sidecar.com and scan through the information there. They are extremely knowledgeable about the sidecar and they won't lead you astray.


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That's a great looking rig and matching seats. Need a pic with the Shepherds in it!
 

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Awesome job! Completely awesome:congrats::thumbup:
Gotta go with WW's when it's tire time.
 

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Awesome job, very original. Should be super proud.
 

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Thanks for responses,
It was/is Dads bike, he was called Home last year, he rode until he slid down north of ozark ark and busted his hip at 87, fixed the bike and put it in his living room till he passed at 90. When I got it I wanted to do something fun cause I had my own touring rig already.
The side hack box came banged up from the UK, a few months of fabrication. added a door an. older brit wind screen, etc,etc. I do not have an easy stear, dampener or raked tree. With the wide stock bars its not bad. I've had a, 350 hd sprint,1948 45, 73 Z1, 450 dohc, concourse 14, 1800n, and a couple ultra's and I gotta say, riding a hack is,,, is,, different. Kinda like starting all over, you leave more following room, set up for corners better and look further down the road like we are always suppose to,but now I have to. That new extra few feet on your right has gotta be remembered. I am still new to it and alot older so my learning curve may be abit slower than it once was
The 1300 lost about 10-15 mph on top end, it will barely hit triple digits now, that's better than I anticipated though.
Still might put a brake on the hack, the side wheel is off a 1800R machined out to take bearing for a 1 1/2 " axle, I could bolt a 1800 disk and mount a rear caliper but have not decided as yet.
Below is pic of Mom -n- Dad in the day, those bikes and the truck in the background were all they had,Dad built both of those bikes in a little travel camper they lived in when he came home from the war.
Toured with my Dad twice a year every from 1961 till 2012, he used to pull me out of elementary for "family emergencies" every so often when the weather was right and tourist were gone (colorado), My Dad was so cool and could really twist a throttle and grind the boards, I miss em!
 

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Toured with my Dad twice a year every from 1961 till 2012, he used to pull me out of elementary for "family emergencies" every so often when the weather was right and tourist were gone (colorado), My Dad was so cool and could really twist a throttle and grind the boards, I miss em!
To me that is cool, there is a guy who knows where his priorities are. You probably missed how to do some stupid math thing that you will never use again but that time spent with him was irreplaceable and I am sure he enjoyed it just as much as you did.
You did a great job on it and I am sure he is very proud of you.
 
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