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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2015, 07:42:22 pm »
Like the progress.   :thumleft:  :thumleft:
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #41 on: October 14, 2015, 06:04:49 am »
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #42 on: October 14, 2015, 06:54:03 am »
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #43 on: October 14, 2015, 07:29:54 am »
Great stuff....that looks like Knysna/Sedgefield forest? How do you get to live there? That's my dream - to live in a forest like that.
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #44 on: October 14, 2015, 10:44:47 am »
My 1150 is waiting  :thumleft:
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #45 on: October 15, 2015, 07:47:19 am »
Great stuff....that looks like Knysna/Sedgefield forest? How do you get to live there? That's my dream - to live in a forest like that.
Yep, I live outside Rheenendal at the end of the 7 passes road, very beautiful, very private, very wild, very quiet... my cottage is the definitive 'cabin in the woods'. No garage of any kind so proof that anyone can build a good sidecar anywhere if they know what they're doing and have the passion.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #46 on: October 15, 2015, 07:49:12 am »
My 1150 is waiting  :thumleft:
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #47 on: October 15, 2015, 08:12:24 am »
looks good watching with anticipation to see how you going to connect it to the bike :sip:
 

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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #48 on: October 15, 2015, 08:29:13 am »
Stunning cabin.
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Re: I couldn't help myself... How to build a GS adventure sidecar.
« Reply #49 on: October 15, 2015, 08:45:43 am »
My new marine hatch 'boot' just arrived... I've used these before on my other rigs and they work fantastic. High quality, waterproof, vibration proof, lockable and very tough!

Like this idea....
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #50 on: October 15, 2015, 08:54:08 am »
Looking good. Can't wait to see the final result. Good luck with the build  :thumleft:
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #51 on: October 15, 2015, 09:12:44 am »
Great stuff....that looks like Knysna/Sedgefield forest? How do you get to live there? That's my dream - to live in a forest like that.
Yep, I live outside Rheenendal at the end of the 7 passes road, very beautiful, very private, very wild, very quiet... my cottage is the definitive 'cabin in the woods'. No garage of any kind so proof that anyone can build a good sidecar anywhere if they know what they're doing and have the passion.  :thumleft:

Aaaahhhh thanks for the reply - absolutely beautiful. Don't want to hijack your thread but how does one even get to find places like this for sale - and I guess they are pricey?

Watching your project with interest. You are living the dream Sir!!!
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #52 on: October 15, 2015, 03:14:57 pm »
Just back from a visit to a quality engineering works in nearby Knysna, basic chassis frame has been made up and heim joints securely tig welded into the square tubing... the subframe I've made up is a modification on the design I had on the previous 11 rigs made up, it's very strong!

It's raining today but will get stuck in tomorrow with more chassis / frame design work.
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #53 on: October 15, 2015, 03:28:21 pm »
Body is now ready for the fibreglass mold to be made up... the door has been cut with a gunnel fitting to the GS rear wheel profile, just to give you an idea of the time this all takes the windscreen mount which is drying for a coat of primer took me two full days to mold, sand etc

Holding thumbs... this weekend I'm starting the layering up of 6 layers of fibreglass for the two piece split mold, the last time I worked with fibreglass as a teenager my surfboard I was making caught fire and almost burnt down my dad's garage!  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: October 15, 2015, 06:32:27 pm by 2bfree »
 

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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #54 on: October 15, 2015, 03:43:04 pm »
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #55 on: October 15, 2015, 09:56:26 pm »
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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #56 on: October 15, 2015, 10:15:54 pm »
Beautiful home in a beautiful setting, handy as hell building things, come on you must have a drawback somewhere. Tell us...... :pot:

But honestly, great progress, and can I ask a question?

The frame that bolts under the bike's chassis seem to swivel independently from the side-car frame, or will the bike frame be bolted rigidly onto the side-car frame?
 

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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #57 on: October 15, 2015, 10:17:38 pm »
Sorry, I just realized that you did say that the bike's lean-to towards or away from the rig can be adjusted with that turnbuckle, that explains the rose-joint under the bike.
 

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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #58 on: October 16, 2015, 06:00:38 am »
Sorry, I just realized that you did say that the bike's lean-to towards or away from the rig can be adjusted with that turnbuckle, that explains the rose-joint under the bike.
Yep... and by screwing and locking the rose joints in and out front and rear you can adjust the tow in as well.
 

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Re: Building a new rig for my BMW 1200 GS Adventure
« Reply #59 on: October 16, 2015, 05:13:01 pm »
nice work