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Joined: Mar 2014
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Motorvation Formula II questions
Hi guys, I'm new here and new to sidecars but not new to bikes. I just bought a mint condition Motorvation Formula II with every darned option on the list, about 8 grand worth, for much, much, much-much less The sidecar had been mounted on a 1500 Goldwing. I got all the mounts, electric trim, etc. from the Wing.
I want to hang it on one of my CB900Cs. A guy on the Yahoo CB900C group posted pics of his Champion setup. It was very helpful to see how he managed the bike setup with a slick little subframe. I have another pic of a 900C with a California Friendship setup, slightly different mounting on the bike, so I understand there's some options. I have the guide from sidecar.com and also a good chapter in the 75 GL1000 Clymer manual (#3204) that explains toe-in, wheel lead & lean in detail.
But I have a problem You'd think I should be able to get some advice from Motorvation. I sent Motorvation an email asking for setup info and got no reply. I phoned and they said their tech had been away, hence no email reply but they put him on the phone. He told me that they use one frame to fit all bikes, except that for the 1500 they position two cross members about a foot forward. So I need to add two cross members where they are usually placed for anything but a 1500 Wing.
He wanted me to ship my frame to them (1700 miles away in Iowa, me on the west coast of Canada) for mods. I explained to him how much that would cost and I am a certified welder, so I asked, "Can you please just tell me what's needed?" I offered to buy any mount parts I need that I don't already have.
He seemed to understand and said he'd send the info including what I should do specific for the 900C, which I never got. A week later I sent an email thanking the office for their help and asking if I might get that info soon because I'd received the sidecar. A week later, I still have nothing. From what I've seen, the unit is really well thought-out and well built but that lack of service
If anyone has a Motorvation Formula II mounted on anything but a 1500 Goldwing, I just need to know the position of the cross members in the frame. If you could even just measure from either the front or back of the frame to the location where the mounts attach, that would be very helpful.
Otherwise I guess I'll just remove the body, block the sidecar frame beside the bike, set the lead to 10 inches and work from there. It ought to be easier.
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