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Offline Sláinte Mhaith

Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2015, 03:23:12 pm »
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Offline GRAVELTRAVEL

Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2015, 03:11:57 pm »
Ok , I am back again.
 It has been slow going but at least I have managed to get an independent brake going on the sidecar. Took a bit of "kopkrap" and a few  stops n starts but it seems to work.

I have also completed the mudguard. That was not easy as I do not have access to an "English Wheel' as demonstrated by Fabman , neither do I have his kind of skills. I eventually took an aluminium profile and "lobsterbacked" it. It still needs some final sanding and then painting.

the frame and 'tub' are all complete. I started the painting and hope to have everything finally assembled by the weekend.

Then it will be ready for its maiden run. As per previous advice , I will take it painfully slow at first and hope to get it right for a trip to Solitaire at the beginning of September.

Will take some photos and post it soon.
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2015, 03:27:26 pm »
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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2015, 04:14:54 pm »
Baie netjies wat jy doen. Baie interessant ook. Hou ons op hoogte.  :thumleft:
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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2015, 04:25:52 pm »
Ek hou ook die dop.. :peepwall:

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2015, 07:30:36 pm »
Ok , I am back again.
 It has been slow going but at least I have managed to get an independent brake going on the sidecar. Took a bit of "kopkrap" and a few  stops n starts but it seems to work.

I have also completed the mudguard. That was not easy as I do not have access to an "English Wheel' as demonstrated by Fabman , neither do I have his kind of skills. I eventually took an aluminium profile and "lobsterbacked" it. It still needs some final sanding and then painting.

the frame and 'tub' are all complete. I started the painting and hope to have everything finally assembled by the weekend.

Then it will be ready for its maiden run. As per previous advice , I will take it painfully slow at first and hope to get it right for a trip to Solitaire at the beginning of September.
Will take some photos and post it soon.

Can't wait to see this one.   :thumleft:

We enjoyed the Nam gravel tremendously with the rig.    :deal:
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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2015, 04:53:14 pm »
So GT, ready for Solitaire next week?
 

Offline GRAVELTRAVEL

Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2015, 12:10:57 am »
I will try my best to join. At present I am still busy assembling the sidecar after final touches and painting. I still need to fabricate the final bits and pieces to make the sidecar brake work. Completed the shaft running from the wheel side to a position next to my left footpeg.

Completed the brake pedal and painted it and will finally adjust and attach as soon as I have completed the mechanism from the wheel hub to the wheel end of the shaft. When I got the R80 suspension and wheel it was minus the whole brake mechanism so this has to be laboriously fabricated which is a bit of a schlep but has to be done.

I am trying to complete everything by the weekend and finally attach it to the bike. Problem is that I have never even ridden a bike/sidecar rig so would need at least a day to ride it around the town to get familiar with a totally different style of riding before attempting the road to Sesriem! Probably not the best way of doing this but sometimes you have to take the opportunity as it comes. Will also still have to see if I can complete some urgent stuff at work in order to take the few days off.

The next worry is also if the whole fabrication will hold together and not fall off in bits and pieces along the way! Everything was "designed"(if you can call it that) from ideas of what other people did in the past with my own flavour thrown in the mix. Also , no non destructive testing was done on any of my welds yet and there might be some unknown stresses and strains  in the structure which I have no clue about. Anyway will have to wait and see.

At least Road Hog said he will join me on the trip which will give some peace of mind.

For the benefit of the rest of the community , Salty and myself used to be in the SAN together and the last time I saw him was probably about 15 years ago when the term DS bike was not even in existence!. This get together should be of epic proportions! Really looking forward to it!

Will shortly post some pics of the partially completed rig


 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2015, 04:24:01 am »
Good luck.   :thumleft:

Thye best way to learn is to hit the road.  When I got mine we had to return home with the rig, a distance of 600km.  Part of that was on the busy N2.   :eek7:
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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2015, 06:13:48 am »


…best of luck to you GT…now for the lean-to and the toe-in…enjoy… :thumleft:
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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2015, 11:09:07 am »
Hi GT, hope you can make it, and with the side car! Sterkte, leaving for Namaqualand later today and on north. Ping you on the weekend.

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2015, 08:38:02 am »
Pictures picture pictures..... :sip:
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Offline westfrogger

Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #32 on: August 29, 2015, 09:47:05 am »
I like Namibia and I like sidecars, so ... er ... subscribe.  :thumleft:
 

Offline GRAVELTRAVEL

Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #33 on: August 29, 2015, 10:45:40 am »
Ok, I think it is clear that I will not get this project completed by Sunday. all sorts of issues at work to sort out. (even on a Saturday). Busy with a large project where all sorts of things can pop up at no notice and cannot wait until I had my fun!

So Salty, it looks like I am not going to make it to Sesriem unfortunately. Perhaps I can twist your arm to make your way to Walvisbay? I have asked before but will accept if the answer is negative.

In any event herewith some pictures of the preparation and painting of all the bits and pieces. Unfortunately taken with a cell phone so please excuse the quality. Will flash up the GO Pro later and get some decent pics taken.

As mentioned before , 99% of the framework as well as the frame of the tub was made in Stainless 316L. This is one of the hazards of Walvisbay that even the gold fillings in your teeth will corrode if you are not careful!

I decided to paint the supporting framework to hopefully match the bike's frame and to paint the aluminium panelling with something close to the colour of the bikes tank. It turns out that this is a fairly complicated process to match the colour and type exactly. As this project is a bit of a prototype , everything is not exactly show room condition. I therefore decided that the paint will be a matt finish which will hopefully hide some of my mistakes and reworks.

The external stainless framework of the tub will be left completely unpainted which first of all should not corrode and second give a bit of contrast otherwise the whole picture would have looked really dull and boring.
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #34 on: August 29, 2015, 10:51:37 am »
Start with an etch primer
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #35 on: August 29, 2015, 10:52:43 am »
Struggling to post the pictures!!
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2015, 11:19:30 am »
Well done, looks great. Following your build.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2015, 06:37:57 pm »
Lets try again with the pictures. I have managed to assemble almost everything today. All that remains now is the luggage rack and then to fit it to the bike.
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2015, 06:39:35 pm »
And some more
 

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Re: 1st Namibian Sidecar (almost complete)
« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2015, 06:41:28 pm »
These were taken earlier today after I completed the assembly