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    Cool Side car addition??

    I would like to add a sidecar to my 1990 K100LT.
    By itself this K bike is "just a tad" too heavy for me.
    Once out on the highway it runs super smooth.
    However, I prefer to take secondary roads and
    take my wife along with me. I very seldom take
    her on trips as she cannot stand more than 45 minutes
    of riding without having to stretch.
    So I am asking for help from anyone with a similar bike
    to tell me if this K100LT is suitable for a sidecar
    installation. Any help is much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 162354 View Post
    I would like to add a sidecar to my 1990 K100LT.
    By itself this K bike is "just a tad" too heavy for me.
    Once out on the highway it runs super smooth.
    However, I prefer to take secondary roads and
    take my wife along with me. I very seldom take
    her on trips as she cannot stand more than 45 minutes
    of riding without having to stretch.
    So I am asking for help from anyone with a similar bike
    to tell me if this K100LT is suitable for a sidecar
    installation. Any help is much appreciated.
    I have had only one bike with a sidecar but from my limited experience it would probably be a lot less expensive and fewer headaches to find a used hack and keep your LT for solo trips. Or if the LT is still to heavy for you on solo trips get a lighter bike because, again from my experience, long solo trips are not fun with a hack.
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    Contact Claude at C Stanley Motorsports. http://freedomsidecars.com/ He is a wealth of sidecar information and very helpful.

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    Smile K100LT and sidecar

    Thanks, Jim. Yep! I agree with you that solo trips
    with a sidecar lessen the experience of the motorcycle.
    I have an F650CS that I use for solo touring.
    The K bike was a great buy so I dislike selling it.
    I already bought a used sidecar for it and just wanted
    to know if the consensus was "yes" it will work for you
    or, "no" do not attempt it.
    The only drawback with the sidecar venue is that you
    have to slow down a lot, but with camping, you can
    carry all you need. Again, thanks for the replies.

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    Since you already have the sidecar you can get model specific attaching hardware from DMC sidecars. They are the one I used and were very helpful. Here is a link to their parts for BMW.

    http://www.dmcsidecars.com/sidecar_m...ounts-for-bmw/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 162354 View Post
    Thanks, Jim. Yep! I agree with you that solo trips
    with a sidecar lessen the experience of the motorcycle.
    I have an F650CS that I use for solo touring.
    The K bike was a great buy so I dislike selling it.
    I already bought a used sidecar for it and just wanted
    to know if the consensus was "yes" it will work for you
    or, "no" do not attempt it.
    The only drawback with the sidecar venue is that you
    have to slow down a lot, but with camping, you can
    carry all you need. Again, thanks for the replies.
    Disagree. First, understand that a sidecar operation is very different from a solo bike. You are still in the wind. My wife & I did 3000 miles last year to Sedalia. She has never taken that long a trip on a solo bike. You must be aware of the differences. It is still a great experience and a great way to travel. With experience, you don't slow down that much.
    Get a copy of the Yellow Book (How to operate a sidecar) by David Hough. Or go to the USCA site, there are some free down loads vaailable of sidecar operation and setup.
    I also strongly suggest you peruse the Hacks Forum on ADVRider, there is a wealth of knowledge there.
    BTW, your K bike will be a great tug.
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    Bob -- Barley and I definitely go slower on the GSA hack than I do solo on the GS. On the 4800 mile round trip to Sedalia and back I averaged three miles per hour LESS than my solo trip to Eau Claire. So you see, sidecars definitely slow you down.

    Pete
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    '10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubick View Post
    I have had only one bike with a sidecar but from my limited experience it would probably be a lot less expensive and fewer headaches to find a used hack and keep your LT for solo trips. Or if the LT is still to heavy for you on solo trips get a lighter bike because, again from my experience, long solo trips are not fun with a hack.
    ...and I would TOTALLY disagree with that statement. Any trip is fun on a hack. What changes? Attitude?
    Minimally you can set it up so you can remove the hack and go back to two wheels... But quite honestly you won't.
    You'll discover that after 15 -20 minutes of conversations at the local market and or gas stations. Plus, PEOPLE SEE YOU! And they wave.
    "Stupidity, if left untreated, is self-correcting."

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    The only similarity to a motorcycle and one pulling a hack is that it's pulling the hack. All handling characteristics have changed.
    Someone mentioned David Hough's book(s).
    These are required reading IMHO.

    Doin' a Wheelie...
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    Hacks are a blast! After 30 years of 2wheeling I got a Ural last year and haven't run 2 tanks of gas through my K since. Yeah, hacks have limitation but that's what makes them fun.
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    Lots of good advice for you already given here, heed it well. Your KLT will make a great sidecar tug, comfortable for the rider and plenty of power to pull the car. Plus, most of the maintenance stuff is on the left side of the bike so it's easier to work on than most rigs. Just stick with what you've been told so far-- 4-point mount properly done, read the yellow book and the USCA materials to help get the setup right, and if you get stuck the Southwestern rep for USCA is in NM and could probably put you in touch with someone to help with setup should you desire. Good luck with the project and have fun touring with the completed rig.

    Best,

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    1983 R80ST -- 1988 K100RS (r.i.p.) -- 1995 R1100RSL (gone, never forgotten) -- 2004 K1200GT w/Hannigan S/C -- 2010 K1300GT

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    A great shot. It really shows how that front fork and tire are deflected in this maneuver (most noticeable under the headlight where the two tubes are visible; and the rim has disappeared behind the tire at about the 4 o'clock position).
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    Side car addition??

    I agree I got my rig last October, and spend much more time talking about and showing it then my two wheelers!!


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    Cool sidecar addition

    Quote Originally Posted by Fireman View Post
    I agree I got my rig last October, and spend much more time talking about and showing it then my two wheelers!!


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    Absolutely beautiful rig. Is that an Oregon plate? Thought for a minute it might be my old K100 until I remembered yours is a '95. Mine was a '91. Wasn't into sidecars when I owned it but I have no doubt about its capability to be a good tug.

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    Are you on facebook? Lotsa great discussions out here.







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