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Old 12-11-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Goliath has come to play

HOW 'GOLIATH' CAME TO BE


The drama surrounding the creation of ‘Goliath and his chair’ has been quite distressing, annoying, frustrating and perplexing at times. Sometimes all at once! This was documented elsewhere and my rant followed the troubled path from being an ‘idea’ to being a workable concept. However, the job is now done, the build is complete, and the outfit is on the road getting the first few kilometres of many under its wheels. That is my dream.


'Goliath with chair’ was spawned out of a desire for me to be able to carry my best mate ‘Kipper’ the Border Collie and enough gear for a week or more out in the bush. Kipper is a farm reject. He failed ‘sheep’. I scored him as a three year old working-stud sheep-dog that wouldn’t work those woolly things you turn into Sunday roasts and soft seat covers. Bye-bye country town of Grenfell, and hello city of Canberra for a total change of lifestyle. That was five years ago. He travels most places with me, and I happily admit that he is one very lucky dog!


He loved the bike so much that he accompanied me in his pillion crate for several thousands of kilometres on the back of my R1150R (un-named) and then on my R1150GSA (named ‘Goliath’ from day 1 of ownership). It just got too hard on the longer trips with lots of gear and I soon recognised that it was too risky to venture too far off the tarmac. Hence, Goliath gained a ‘chair’. The chair is on the left side of course. I live in a civilised country unlike the heathens who live in the land of milk, honey, and the rocket’s red glare and who drive on the wrong side of the road!


I have spent a little while getting to know Goliath all over again. As a GS Adventure, Goliath was a handful. As a GS Adventure with a chair attached, the handfuls are still there, but are different. Oh yes, they are very different indeed! The risk of falling over is gone, but the ease with which Goliath cornered is also gone, replaced by something that feels unnatural, awkward, difficult and ungainly. Time will heal some of the ills, and time will become my friend as we venture further and further from home. Most importantly, Kipper loves his new mode of travel and that’s something very important to me.


This then, is an introduction to Goliath resurrected. I will add posts as Goliath grows and develops. I will answer questions where I can, and let the experts chime in where I can’t. Trip reports will probably go elsewhere. Do I expect failures along the way? Absolutely. That became clear during the build. This is very much a prototype that is someone else’s creation. It was designed for me, but is not my design. The outcome of this abomination of a creation is uncertain, so it will be an interesting experience. Wish me luck and safe travels. The luck I may need. The safety? We all hope for that.

So, my good people, say hello to 'Goliath' and my faithful companion 'Kipper' the Border Collie.














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Old 12-11-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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ah...
a very nice rig, indeed
would love to know more about it...
as in the fabrication process, etc
the distance between your chair and bike seems to be a bit LESS than usual

i love you way of writing... with the exception of your SLIGHT OF THE US...

hope that you'll be an active member of our fine hack forum
enjoy every mile
i surely do

GOLIATH is an awesome companion
i love riding with my dogs:

DISCO... the Portuguese Water Dog:


JACK... the Australian Shepherd:
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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Goliath and Kipper

Thanks Greg. I'll post some more shots when I sort out my camera. It's giving me some curry at the moment.

'Goliath' is the name of my bike/outfit/hack. 'Kipper' is the name of my Border Collie.

Your 'Jack' looks like a Border Collie as well. We don't really have an 'Australian Shepherd', although the term is used a lot more these days than it used to be. I think the term came from you guys in the USA. The three main breeds for sheep work are Border Collies, red or Blue Heelers and Kelpies, and often there is a mix of those breeds to make a very good working dog. The Kelpies can be a bit scatter-brained and will work until they drop dead from exhaustion. The Border is more even-tempered. Heelers can be a handful (but very loyal) and are mostly used with cattle rather than sheep for some reason. Anyway, not the place to discuss dog breeds!

As for the 'spacing' - Yes, it is close, but the track is quite wide. Remember that the engine is wide on the bike, as are the side cases, and the hack wheel is a fair way out from the tub as well. Some of our bush tracks are pretty narrow, as are the fire trails, so I could not afford to go too wide with a single-seat chair. The track is about the same as my Toyota Hilux 4WD, so it's not as skinny as you think.

I'll get some close shots another time and post them up here.

Cheers, Mick.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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Mick -- I had a brief stay in a tiny part of your country when my sub pulled into Perth. The Aussies treated us like we had personally won the Battle of the Coral Sea. I've always wanted to go back and see more despite your annoying habit of driving on the wrong side of the road.

My initial sidecar experience was, like yours, less than inspiring. I came from a 2007 R12GS on which changing direction was effortless. The R12GS with a Hannigan sidecar handled like a moose. But it had the major advantage of allowing me to take my dog with me on some great adventures! It transformed adventure riding for me. And somewhere between 500-800 miles the rig started feeling natural under me. Very different, not as nimble, but unbeatable when it came to sheer joy.

Stick with it till the insanity hits you. You won't regret it!

Barley now has 14,000 miles under his collar and takes delight in every ride with me.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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Thanks Greg. I'll post some more shots when I sort out my camera. It's giving me some curry at the moment.

'Goliath' is the name of my bike/outfit/hack. 'Kipper' is the name of my Border Collie.

Your 'Jack' looks like a Border Collie as well. We don't really have an 'Australian Shepherd', although the term is used a lot more these days than it used to be. I think the term came from you guys in the USA. The three main breeds for sheep work are Border Collies, red or Blue Heelers and Kelpies, and often there is a mix of those breeds to make a very good working dog. The Kelpies can be a bit scatter-brained and will work until they drop dead from exhaustion. The Border is more even-tempered. Heelers can be a handful (but very loyal) and are mostly used with cattle rather than sheep for some reason. Anyway, not the place to discuss dog breeds!

As for the 'spacing' - Yes, it is close, but the track is quite wide. Remember that the engine is wide on the bike, as are the side cases, and the hack wheel is a fair way out from the tub as well. Some of our bush tracks are pretty narrow, as are the fire trails, so I could not afford to go too wide with a single-seat chair. The track is about the same as my Toyota Hilux 4WD, so it's not as skinny as you think.

I'll get some close shots another time and post them up here.

Cheers, Mick.
thanks for your reply, mick
yeah, i knew that AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD was an AMERICAN TERM, oddly
we had 2 shetland sheep dogs in the past... loved them

as for your track... mine is almost as wide as my nissan armada... which is quite odd
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:01 PM   #6
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Why it was built

Boondox - It was built with a few different adventures in mind and I know that it will grow on me. Can I say that it was a difficult 'birth' and that I'm still feeling the pain rather than the pleasure? Females - Please forgive my analogy.

One aim is for a trip across to the west to visit my mate Rob. East to west is a long way here, as it is in your neck of the woods. The other big one is to head off around Australia again and enjoy the sights at a slower pace than the last time I did that trip. I also have an interest in doing some long-distance runs with Kipper, just to formally log his enjoyment of the ride. I think he is more capable than I am at the moment!

Early days as they say, so I'm sure it will come good. Mick.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:08 PM   #7
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Good to see you over here Mick...and don't worry about offending the female reader as 3Legs is thick skinned.

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Old 12-11-2011, 10:43 PM   #8
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Great to see another combo with the sidecar on the PROPER SIDE.

Looks good to me.....and Kipper seems to agree.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:09 PM   #9
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Very nice outfit Mick. Much much better than Andrew's

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Old 12-11-2011, 11:19 PM   #10
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Mick

From our conversations and the previous photos the pain of this build has been far greater than it should have been. I hope now that the company who built the car have delivered corrections covering the issues you encounted. Its now the end of the build to some extent and the start of the adventure. The people here have laid down some very encouraging comments about the future and the enjoyment it should hold.

As for visiting us here on the West Coast, it's only 4450klm or 2781 miles(for those you drive on the wrong side of the road) from your house, so get cracking.

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Boondox - It was built with a few different adventures in mind and I know that it will grow on me. Can I say that it was a difficult 'birth' and that I'm still feeling the pain rather than the pleasure? Females - Please forgive my analogy.

One aim is for a trip across to the west to visit my mate Rob. East to west is a long way here, as it is in your neck of the woods. The other big one is to head off around Australia again and enjoy the sights at a slower pace than the last time I did that trip. I also have an interest in doing some long-distance runs with Kipper, just to formally log his enjoyment of the ride. I think he is more capable than I am at the moment!

Early days as they say, so I'm sure it will come good. Mick.
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Very nice outfit Mick. Much much better than Andrew's

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Old 12-12-2011, 02:28 AM   #12
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I must be among friends

Good to see you lot can heap an appropriate amount of crap on each other's shoulders. Makes me feel right at home.

Thanks guys. It's been an interesting time but I'm enjoying the chance to 'fix-and-fiddle' in the shed at last.

And yes Rob - I'll get there in 2012 once I'm confident it will make it. Maybe I'll drop in on my way round Australia.

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Old 12-12-2011, 03:40 AM   #13
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:39 PM   #14
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As a fellow 1150 GSA hacker, gotta say that I like the looks of that rig.

Blue Heelers are called Australian Cattle Dogs here in the USA. Red Heelers are also called ACD's , except we don't see many of them.

When rear tires go on sale, better stock up, because you'll chew through them quickly. Or start looking for a car tire conversion.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:22 AM   #15
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As a fellow 1150 GSA hacker, gotta say that I like the looks of that rig.
When rear tires go on sale, better stock up, because you'll chew through them quickly. Or start looking for a car tire conversion.
Cheers Drone. If I had a new rear tyre for everytime I was reminded how it would chew them up BEFORE I had it built, I'd be smothered in them. I'll have to live with the pain until I firmly decide that this is 'Me'!

And .................................... Apologies for stealing your decal placement idea from Wumpa. I tried all sorts of locations, and yours stood out as the best for me. Hope that's ok. Guess I'm far enough away that throwing stones won't be a problem.

Cheers, and thanks for the reminder. I have a few TKC's coming to try as I have already found my off-road grip lacking with dual-sport tyres. Wet grass is interesting!

Mick.

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