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Old 04-27-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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This story starts a few years back, when I first started thinking about building something. I asked about which bike to use and only two really figured in the replies - K1100 and GSX 1400. The BMW became available first

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=554433


After about three years, and about 40K kms I started to think about a GSX.

This came up at the right price, 20K kms and immaculate condition.
My first look at it.




So with NevGriff's help it landed in my shed






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Old 04-27-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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Farkles first.




New front screen.





Seat cover for the long trips






A couple of extra power outlets, and a fuel inlet welded into the bottom of the tank.






Car tyre on the back.







and a bigger tyre on the front.



The two main criteria for the new one were: Less weight and better use of space. The BMW had been a bit heavy, mainly because of the materials I'd used, and there was quite a bit of wasted space, mainly around the fuel tank, and battery/electrics box. Hopefully, that would be taken care of with the new one.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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Great looking bike and I'll bet it sounds even better with the 'Tunes on there.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:09 PM   #5
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Ooh, that nice wide tire in the back looks good!

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Old 04-27-2014, 01:12 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=Dan Alexander;24032896]Great looking bike and I'll bet it sounds even better with the 'Tunes on there.[/QUOT



Sounds quite good but I've put the inserts back in because it might be a bit hard on the ears on a long trip.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:48 PM   #8
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'02 GSX 1400 outfit........coming together ( slowly )
'06 HUSKY TE510.............no wearing out front tyres ( pity about the rears )
'06 HUSKY TE610............ lots of power on tap
'92 R100GSPD ( modified)...........slow and easy
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gotta a peek at the chair? i'd love to take the bike for a long ride before it gained a 3rd wheel. beautiful!

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gotta a peek at the chair? i'd love to take the bike for a long ride before it gained a 3rd wheel. beautiful!

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I did take it out two or three times before work started, and it's a great solo bike. Heaps of torque and fun to ride. A handful if you make a mistake though
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That parcel arrive yet Bully???
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That parcel arrive yet Bully???
Not yet, should be today then put the upgrade springs on em
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #15
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Since I built the BMW, I've had the opportunity to look at many other outfits that are more than capable of doing all the things that I want to do, with a minimum of fuss, and very few breakdowns.
They've all been ridden long miles on some of our very ordinary roads, and they all reflect a lot of modification, gained from experience. In other words, if it broke, make it again, but stronger

The inspiration:



Even Jack (the owner) would probably tell you that this isn't a pretty outfit and it isn't; but if I can travel as far with mine, as quick and with as few problems as this GSX I'm going to be very happy.






The two outfits above are long distance favourites. Again, built to withstand long distances on very average outback roads.



So with those in mind, work was started on the sidecar frame. I'd already decided on using round tube this time, with the intention of building a frame that was strong enough to work without a body, because the body this time was going to be just two aluminium boxes. A lot of weight in the last one went into the square tube, and fairly heavy gauge aluminium that I used for the body.

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