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Old 04-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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My Guzzi's Been Hacked!


The subframes from DMC came a little over a week ago and ran down to Motorvation monday to pick up a shorter upper strut so I could keep it legal (width). Finally satisfied with the setup yesterday, so I cranked down all the fasteners. Put the seat and body back on this morning and went for a test ride... Wow! Tracks straight, stable, and no need for a steering damper. Currently at the library in the middle of longer (10 mile) test ride...
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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Maybe this'll work...

http://gearheadgrrrl.smugmug.com/Mot...q4gpg&lb=1&s=L
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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Great! Glad it is working out for you. I really like the Quota I had with a sidecar, We have a new Stelvio in the shop right now that we are building into a rig.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Who had that sidecar before you? The Hudson Brothers? :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEcSHOuGPt4

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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May have been on a Voyager before...

I bought it from a guy who'd had it sitting in his shed for years and never got around to mounting it. Previous owner told him it'd been mounted on a Voyager, it was painted a sort of goldish beige at the time. 'twas a good deal, tires still had mold tits on 'em and date code from 1991! I've got about $2k into it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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to pick up a shorter upper strut so I could keep it legal (width).
There are no legal width requirements in, Flatanistan or USA as far as I know.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #8
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Will it be black also ?

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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Width limits...

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There are no legal width requirements in, Flatanistan or USA as far as I know.
Other than by special overdimension permit, vehicles in the USA are limited to 102" wide by the Surface Traffic Assistance Act of 1982. That act doesn't apply to all roads and only applies to trucks and buses, so in some cases the tighter state requirements of 96" apply. And if you really want to be that wide, every state requires a full set of truck marker and clearance lamps on vehicles over 80" wide= Not worth the bother! 'Twas 82" with the old upper struts shortened to the max, so I bought a 3" shorter one from Motorvation to get the width down to a legal 80".
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #10
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No, it ain't gonna be mono(color)tonus!

The hack was previously fitted to a red bike to complete the rainbow theme. Due to it's rareness, painting the Quota is out of the question, so I may do a partial rap in red or add some red to the hack.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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Other than by special overdimension permit, vehicles in the USA are limited to 102" wide by the Surface Traffic Assistance Act of 1982. That act doesn't apply to all roads and only applies to trucks and buses, so in some cases the tighter state requirements of 96" apply. And if you really want to be that wide, every state requires a full set of truck marker and clearance lamps on vehicles over 80" wide= Not worth the bother! 'Twas 82" with the old upper struts shortened to the max, so I bought a 3" shorter one from Motorvation to get the width down to a legal 80".
I know in Australia there are some quite narrow width restrictions but in USA assumed if it fits between the painted lane lines 102", it's good to go. I just measured mine from maximum outside (integrated mirror) to outside sidecar fender is 80". I wouldn't change it anyway if it ran over.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:50 PM   #12
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Sure, you can make it 102" wide...

But it's not a truck or bus, so state and local governments can and do limit width to 96". And you'll need clearance lights at all four corners and three marker lights front and rear to be legal. Not worth the hassle- keep the width to 80 inches or less, anything wider than that and I figure I should get paid to drive it and not vice versa.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #13
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wow. that hack is super cool. some color on the bike would tie it togethet
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:14 AM   #14
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RE: Width

Good job there, GHG! [Guess I should say another good job, saw your blog too]

Regarding width comments, curious what your total track width is on this one? Roughly what's the measurement from outside of bike rear tire to outside of hack tire? I'm still in the design phase of a build and trying to nail down my best track width and also total width of entire outfit.

If you get a chance to check, thanks!
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #15
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58 inches...

Measured center of tread to center of tread.
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