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Homebuild leaning sidecar
So I was thinking about sidecars for a year or two when I had a weekend without plans last March (that's rare) and a garage full of suplies. At the end of the weekend I had a functional leaner on my Suzuki streetfighter. I've driven around 3000km last summer, just to see if I like sidecar riding enough to build a serious one on one of my BMW K bikes.

I will try to keep this thread up-to-date with the progress I'm making.

I started with a some piping on the ground just as a plan next to the Suzuki (in Dutch the bike is called Snavelfiets which means something like Beakbike).

The swing arm and wheel I got from a Citroen I took apart some years ago.

The damper comes from a Suzuki Savage. I fixed and sold one of those 10 years earlieer and somehow this spring remained in my garage.

After 5 minutes thinking I went to the local hardware store and bought me some 40x40x3 square tubing. New simplified lay out:

Fender in place:

Subframe on Suzuki:

Creating an arch for a new damper attachment location:

And all build together:

Mounted an old fish-transport-crate to it and first test drive:

And a very short movie to prove it's funktional: 10-27-2012 02:17 AM

After driving around for a month I was getting used to it so much that I wasn't paying attention enough and I hit a ships boulder with the sidecar frame when driving on a harberside.
Whoops. 10-27-2012 02:22 AM

With help of a hydraulic jack and a butane flame everything was back in shape in under 30 minutes.

I got a steel Polish Junak tub lying around for over 6 years that I plan to use. The passenger is a Hybrid II 6year old Crash Dummy I got from my former job. 10-27-2012 02:26 AM

Right turns could be real hard to do so I relocated the swing arm:

This proved to be a real improvement, I suddenly could drive around at normal speeds without tankslappers.

Mounted a lamp too: 10-27-2012 02:29 AM

Time to fix the Junak tub:

Made a screen from scrap I had lying around:

Just placed it on the frame to see what it looks like: 10-27-2012 02:32 AM

Youngest daughter trying the Beakbike for comfort: 10-27-2012 02:35 AM

Creating a chair from foam I found somewhere in the back of my attic:

Manly work behind the Singer machine: 10-27-2012 02:36 AM

Seat ready: 10-27-2012 02:54 AM

Now I'm preparing a black BMW K100RS so I can mount a new frame (round tubing) to it and drive my 2 daughters around.

It is all supposed to look something like this:

And this is the bike I'm preparing. I've just replaced the engine since the original engine had a strange rattle I didn't trust.

FR700 10-27-2012 03:19 AM



Bobmws 10-27-2012 04:41 AM

WOW! Nice work. Interested to see what you come up with for mounts on the K.

gkam 10-27-2012 07:55 AM

Nice job!
No need for a brake in the side car?

NitroMax 10-27-2012 08:28 AM

Hellracer, tell me something I don't know :D:rofl:evil 10-27-2012 08:30 AM

@ Max: You are way to international to be un-informed!

NitroMax 10-27-2012 09:17 AM


Originally Posted by (Post 19911543)
@ max: You are way to international to be un-informed!


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