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Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
« Reply #40 on: June 21, 2016, 10:13:25 am »
That is so sad - sorry for your loss Keith - keep her well in your memory. :'(
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Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2016, 04:09:22 pm »
What a shame, but goes without saying, she had a good life.  :(
 

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Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
« Reply #42 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?
 

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« Reply #43 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.
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« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2016, 03:20:30 pm »
Best wishes - Tau's empty place and your planned trip  :deal:
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« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2016, 07:47:56 am »
The first of the new bodies hot out of the mould.   :ricky:
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Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
« Reply #46 on: June 25, 2016, 09:31:06 am »
watching your thread - again - with interest - very nice work you do - good luck!  :thumleft:
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« Reply #47 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
 

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« Reply #48 on: June 27, 2016, 07:29:51 am »
watching your thread - again - with interest - very nice work you do - good luck!  :thumleft:
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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.

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« Reply #49 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

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« Reply #50 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:
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Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
« Reply #51 on: July 10, 2016, 10:08:41 am »
Looking good, well done  :thumleft:
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Re: Smiling Wind Sidecar... my dream GS Adventure rig.
« Reply #52 on: July 11, 2016, 09:24:06 am »
Looks great. and congratulations.
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« Reply #53 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


 
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« Reply #54 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

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« Reply #55 on: July 18, 2016, 05:59:16 am »
 :ricky:
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