Wild Dog Adventure Riding

General => General Bike Related Banter => Sidecars => Topic started by: 2bfree on March 28, 2016, 05:41:46 pm

Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on March 28, 2016, 05:41:46 pm
At long last she's finished... I actually finished her a month ago but took this long to complete the test riding I wanted to do before posting. She's as strong as an ox and rides like a dream!  :ricky:

Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Geel Kat on March 28, 2016, 05:50:34 pm
That looks really good!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Pyscho Porra on March 28, 2016, 05:51:43 pm
Looks very nice 👍🏼
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on March 28, 2016, 05:51:57 pm
Very very nice!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: stevo on March 28, 2016, 07:49:33 pm
looks awesome, nicely done. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Oubones on March 28, 2016, 07:59:32 pm
Now thats how it's done!
Really nice!
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Laban on March 28, 2016, 07:59:42 pm

...neat very neat... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on March 28, 2016, 09:05:21 pm
Thanks all...  :thumleft:

Started doing some filming today so hopefully will have a new video to post here soon.

Cheers

K
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on March 28, 2016, 09:10:52 pm
Thanks all...  :thumleft:

Started doing some filming today so hopefully will have a new video to post here soon.

Cheers

K

Excellent end result. Looking good
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Noneking on March 28, 2016, 09:11:34 pm
Very nice!
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Draadwerk on March 28, 2016, 09:21:29 pm
Wow
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Heimer on March 29, 2016, 05:18:24 am
Love it..
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Black_Hawk on March 29, 2016, 12:21:14 pm
Well done... Looks great  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: FrancoisTz on March 29, 2016, 12:32:11 pm
Baie mooi. Hoop die bottel is ten minste vir mampoer.
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Frog on March 29, 2016, 12:36:44 pm
Great job!
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: cloudgazer on March 29, 2016, 12:50:47 pm
That. Is. Awesome.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 29, 2016, 01:42:49 pm
Excellent!!

I assume the standard panniers still fit on the left of the bike?

One of these days I want to add one to the Lump - whats the chances you will consider naking one or at least selling the plans....? :drif: :eek7:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on March 30, 2016, 11:32:55 am
Excellent!!

I assume the standard panniers still fit on the left of the bike?

One of these days I want to add one to the Lump - whats the chances you will consider naking one or at least selling the plans....? :drif: :eek7:

Hi there... Yes they do, it was designed this way, I had to sell my panniers to help pay for the cost of developing this rig. I will not be manufacturing these as such but I will put a few kits together for people who want one.

Cheers. K
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Kamanya on March 30, 2016, 12:55:34 pm
Was a leading linkage ever considered?
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on March 30, 2016, 01:35:25 pm
Was a leading linkage ever considered?
Of course the option is there to fit one.... if you have the money. For me at the moment I'm happy without it... I still like to ride solo at times so I choose not to make any changes to my bike. Takes 10 minutes to remove the rig.
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on March 30, 2016, 09:09:01 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on April 10, 2016, 10:10:35 am
Just fitted my new ripstop seat with removable armrests, a waterproof tonneau cover for security from prying eyes and to keep out the rain... and some new spotlights with an independent on / off switch in the cockpit, the tabs above the spots on the bullbar will be removed. 
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Black_Hawk on April 11, 2016, 11:38:29 am
Looking good. Well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on May 09, 2016, 09:21:30 am
Just a short video of a little ride out with Tau with our new rig... loving it!  :ricky:

See it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNhoYvhIxcE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNhoYvhIxcE)
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 09, 2016, 09:26:47 am
Well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: gee on May 09, 2016, 10:10:46 am
I have been watching your progress from the start of your project and believe it is one of the best i have seen. I think its the way to go as soon as these old legs cant keep the bmw up any more. I can see me riding our rig with my walking stick and tent loaded in the sidecar
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: T Rex on May 09, 2016, 07:11:31 pm
Great  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on May 13, 2016, 09:19:08 am
Just a heads up for those that may be interested this first rig of mine is up for sale on Gumtree... the price is R 54 000

SOLD!   :ricky:

Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: HB 9 on May 22, 2016, 01:17:10 pm
 :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft: 

Excellent rig!
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on May 26, 2016, 07:33:24 am
I was in the boat building factory yesterday... really excited to see my new sidecar body being prepared for the mould, should have the first finished product out in the next 10 days or so... its an expensive process but the end result is going to be amazing!

First one out is going to a serious dualsport riding guy in Cape Town, he had a bad motorcycling accident a few years ago and thought his off-road riding days were over... not anymore! :ricky:

Cheers, K
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: katana on May 26, 2016, 08:06:13 am
Nice.  What is your fuel consumption with the rig?
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Black_Hawk on May 26, 2016, 08:32:27 am
Looking good. Well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on May 26, 2016, 09:44:51 am
Nice.  What is your fuel consumption with the rig?
It obviously depends on how you ride with your rig but I average 14 km/litre
Title: Re: Done dusted and tested... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on May 26, 2016, 06:06:46 pm
Today's progress...
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Heimer on June 21, 2016, 12:32:02 am
Would you recommend fitting the rig on a GSA only or would it be equally suited to a standard GS1200?
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on June 21, 2016, 06:15:41 am
Would you recommend fitting the rig on a GSA only or would it be equally suited to a standard GS1200?
A standard 1200 GS would be fine... also the 1150 GS is a good puller for these sidecars.

Cheers

K
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on June 21, 2016, 06:27:23 am
The reason why I began riding and building sidecars... my big beautiful girl Tau was put to sleep peacefully on Friday morning... her body simply couldn't carry her happy adventurous soul any longer... thank you for all your love my lovely, rest in peace until we meet again. xx
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Tony the Boney on June 21, 2016, 06:32:28 am
We feel the sadness you're obviously going through loosing your girl.
She gave you good memories and she was lucky to have spent time with you.
Sterkte.
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Black_Hawk on June 21, 2016, 08:06:58 am
RIP Tau. You legend will live a very long time.
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: NeilV on June 21, 2016, 10:01:42 am
Sorry to hear of your loss Keith, Tau was a very special girl.
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 21, 2016, 10:13:25 am
That is so sad - sorry for your loss Keith - keep her well in your memory. :'(
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: jaybiker on June 21, 2016, 04:09:22 pm
What a shame, but goes without saying, she had a good life.  :(
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: charlesvh on June 21, 2016, 06:58:12 pm
Just a question. I see my bike registration papers states " without sidecar" . Must you go through roadworthy again to use a sidecar?
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on June 22, 2016, 05:44:46 am
Thanks for your wishes all... fortunately I have orders for 3 new sidecars which keeps my mind busy, the first of the new bodies should be out of the mould later this week. I'll post photos when I have them.

Now I no longer have Tau to worry about I have nothing here to hold me... I'm busy preparing for an expedition ride around Africa with my new rig in the very near future.
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: HB 9 on June 24, 2016, 03:20:30 pm
Best wishes - Tau's empty place and your planned trip  :deal:
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on June 25, 2016, 07:47:56 am
The first of the new bodies hot out of the mould.   :ricky:
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on June 25, 2016, 09:31:06 am
watching your thread - again - with interest - very nice work you do - good luck!  :thumleft:
Chris
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2016, 07:57:10 pm
2bfree, love your work! What is a safe cruising speed with the sidecar? Will it fit on the BMW 800adventure?....thanks
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on June 27, 2016, 07:29:51 am
watching your thread - again - with interest - very nice work you do - good luck!  :thumleft:
Chris
Cheers Chris... I'll take a turn by your shop when I get my new body fitted, I'd like to get a pannier for the right side of my bike... on the left I'm building a bracket for spare tyres for my upcoming Africa trip.

Keith
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on June 27, 2016, 07:37:32 am
2bfree, love your work! What is a safe cruising speed with the sidecar? Will it fit on the BMW 800adventure?....thanks
Cheers man  :thumleft: A safe and comfortable cruising speed is about 110 km/h, with the added stability you can maintain this speed comfortably both on and offroad, depending how you set it up with tow in and lean out you can increase this speed if necessary.

Unfortunately no fittings yet for the 800GS, I think this bike might be a bit light for my rig, the 1150 GS is a good puller though and I will make up the fittings for this in the future to make it more affordable for guys to own and ride with one of these rigs.

Cheers

K
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on July 10, 2016, 08:40:30 am
John took delivery of his new sidecar yesterday, after a 300 km ride back home his text on arriving safely really warmed my heart after all it has taken to design... " Wow Keith. Thanks again for the stunning sidecar you produced. Life is to short not enjoy!"

Yay!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: Black_Hawk on July 10, 2016, 10:08:41 am
Looking good, well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: stevo on July 11, 2016, 09:24:06 am
Looks great. and congratulations.
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Post by: Jcee on July 11, 2016, 11:02:55 am
Yep...a big thankyou to Keith. Good to know there are still good honest folk in this world.
Was an absolute pleasure meeting and dealing with him and most of all a stunning robust offroad sidecar he has developed
My new rig has allowed me to ride bike again(credit to Smiling Winds).
A sidecar is a complete different animal. I got on the rig and within seconds of taking off on a steep right hand slope I managed  to crash into some trees which stopped the bike dropping down a 5m embankment into the dam.
Off road takes some getting used to and cambers in the road
My balls grew a little bigger on ride home from Swellendam to Capetown. By the way this rig sure works the arms.
Now cannot wait to get out there off the tar into the unknown.....like before
Hey guys ....life is short and can change in seconds...enjoy every moment of it and ride safe and defensive


 
Title: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on July 12, 2016, 10:18:23 am
Yep...a big thankyou to Keith. Good to know there are still good honest folk in this world.
Was an absolute pleasure meeting and dealing with him and most of all a stunning robust offroad sidecar he has developed
My new rig has allowed me to ride bike again(credit to Smiling Winds).
A sidecar is a complete different animal. I got on the rig and within seconds of taking off on a steep right hand slope I managed  to crash into some trees which stopped the bike dropping down a 5m embankment into the dam.
Off road takes some getting used to and cambers in the road
My balls grew a little bigger on ride home from Swellendam to Capetown. By the way this rig sure works the arms.
Now cannot wait to get out there off the tar into the unknown.....like before
Hey guys ....life is short and can change in seconds...enjoy every moment of it and ride safe and defensive
Ha! I just closed my eyes when I heard you crashing through the bush  :imaposer:

You're right in saying that sidecars are a completely different animal Jcee, its no longer a bike when you fit one, its now a rig. Don't worry the arms will get used to it as you are now steering your bike to turn and using your throttle and braking to assist you, not leaning anymore... also its up to you now to find that "sweet spot"where the rig becomes easier and easier to ride in differing conditions by adjusting your tow-in and lean out... tyre pressures, your riding style, the amount of load you carry, playing with the different settings you have on the BMW for electronic suspension adjustment, these all make a difference to the ride.

Just got another order in for a couple planning a ride to Cairo and a new body for another adventurous soul making up his own chassis for a Super Tenere, can't wait to see it!  :drif:

I look forward to my personal one arriving in the next two weeks and then perhaps we can take a ride out together into the Cedarberg and Tankwa Karoo before I head North for Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Hope you continue to enjoy your new rig.   :ricky:

Cheers

K
Title: Re: My dream GS Adventure rig.
Post by: 2bfree on July 18, 2016, 05:59:16 am
 :ricky: