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Old 02-28-2010, 12:31 AM   #31
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Still a heap of shit

As for giving TD a hard time. I've given up. He's too busy with trailers.

Nah Just kidding TD. GET YOUR ARSE INTO GEAR!!!

I feel better now.

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Oh, I'm trying Alex, I'm trying.

Oh, and as for trailers, stay tuned........
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:08 AM   #32
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This is really nice Clancy, watching closely.

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Old 02-28-2010, 01:25 PM   #33
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This is really nice Clancy, watching closely.


Thanks
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:38 PM   #34
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The next part of this build was a bit frustrating. I'd arranged to get the leading links made and now had to wait until the bloke doing it cleared a bit of work to fit it into his schedule
While I was waiting, I took the chance to make some racks for the bike. I've always used AndyStrapz soft panniers and had made a few sets of racks for soft bags, for myself and others.


General opinion seems to be that the soft bags don't need any support underneath them, and they are probably fine just hanging by the straps, but I always put a small support underneath just to be on the safe side.



I also have a drybag that I usually carry on the rear rack. I'd sold the original rack off the K so incorporated one into the side frames. It can all be mounted independantly so I can leave the top rack off if I need to.














The top rack will cover up the storage compartment under the seat, but the only thing I'll be putting in there will be the Autocom and wiring so there won't be a problem with access.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:57 PM   #35
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Once all that was made and sent for powder coating, I went back to looking at the switch/console paned that I'd had a try at making earlier on.


The one I'd made wasn't very good, so after a good look at the whole bar set up on the bike, I decided not to mount anything on the bars at all, leaving it free to mount a GPS and radio later on.
I was going to keep the original top fairing, but didn't like all the plastic boxes etc.



I'd already sold the original radio/cassette unit, a lot of the original plastic surrounds were looking a bit worn, and cracked in a few places.
I now needed somewhere to put the switches from the original panel, and somewhere to put the fuel and temp gauges.
So I made a couple of aluminium panels to fit on either side of the fuel tank.







While I was doing that I added space for a couple more gauges. I was going to have an extra battery in the sidecar, so a volt meter and/or amp gauge might be useful. Then I covered each of the panels in 10mm sponge.

The seat on The Transalp had been a bit uncomfortable on long trips, so I'd had it modified by Reliable Retrim. He'd been really good so I decided to use him to fix the seat off the K. While he was doing that, he trimmed the console panels in the same material.



From this:




To this





The console panels came out ok too.



I replaced the original switches with waterproof ones (Thanks Nev), and added a couple of power sources for phone chargers etc.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:54 PM   #36
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Jeez, whats with the poofy trim colour

Lookin good Clancy.
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:57 PM   #37
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Jeez, whats with the poofy trim colour
Well it is a Beemer after all.


1....2......3.......wait for it...
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:32 PM   #38
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Well it is a Beemer after all.


1....2......3.......wait for it...

I have nothing whatsoever to add to that
One look at your sig line is enough
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:45 PM   #39
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Nice job on cleaning up the gauges and switches!!!
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:12 PM   #40
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Tell me about the battery system Neil. Are you using 4WD technology as an isolating switch to cycle the charging and drain. I note you will be fitting an Engel so there will be a constant drain on the battery when camped. Are you keeping the tug battery separate from the sidecar system. What about the alternator, are you up grading it or can it cope.

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my new proposal (nothing else to do!!! ) I've been thinking about power. Considering the possibility of a solar panel fitted over a spare wheel (as one example) Use some form of quick release system when you have to access the wheel - Not an everyday occurrence one would hope! But very handy when stopping for a few days for a camp as it could be used to charge my lap top, phone or just run a camp light.

The other crazy idea is running a second alternator/generator off the side car wheel! One could also convert that to a wind generator system at campsites. After all with enough power anything is possible!

I know! I have way too much time on my hands at the moment!
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:49 PM   #41
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Zing! Touche sir. Well said.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:54 PM   #42
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Nice job on cleaning up the gauges and switches!!!
Thanks. The Fuel gauge and the temp gauge are the originals. BMW in their wisdom used laminated plastic instead of glass and it had gone smokey and delaminated, so I took them to an instrument place and had them reconditioned and real glass put in them. The original BMW switches were knackered so the waterproof toggle switches was an easy choice.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:04 PM   #43
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Tell me about the battery system Neil. Are you using 4WD technology as an isolating switch to cycle the charging and drain. I note you will be fitting an Engel so there will be a constant drain on the battery when camped. Are you keeping the tug battery separate from the sidecar system. What about the alternator, are you up grading it or can it cope.

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my new proposal (nothing else to do!!! ) I've been thinking about power. Considering the possibility of a solar panel fitted over a spare wheel (as one example) Use some form of quick release system when you have to access the wheel - Not an everyday occurrence one would hope! But very handy when stopping for a few days for a camp as it could be used to charge my lap top, phone or just run a camp light.

The other crazy idea is running a second alternator/generator off the side car wheel! One could also convert that to a wind generator system at campsites. After all with enough power anything is possible!

I know! I have way too much time on my hands at the moment!
G'day Steve,

Yes, I'm using some ideas carried over from the 4x4 days
Heavy duty, deep cycle battery, but not as big as the ones I used in the 4x4, hooked up through an isolater switch. According to all the experts the alternator should be man enough, but if I find that it struggles, I'll just get it uprated.
I've gone though all the same thoughts that you're having, and I will be carrying a small solar panel to keep things topped up while I'm camped. There's a few really good panels around now that fold up and are easily stowable when not being used.
On my last Nissan Patrol, I had a second alternator fitted ( A very uprated Holden one, that could also be used to weld with) and had the whole thing wired as two totally separate systems. That way, I was never stranded with a flat battery to start the patrol.
I thought of doing something similar with this project but in the interests of keeping it all simple, I'll just go with what I'm doing and solve problems as they happen.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:16 PM   #44
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"Oh, 'bout a milk crate!"

You're spot on Ray. I couldn't work without 'em
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