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vintagegear



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:39 am    Post subject: Side Bike no more? Reply with quote

I've noticed that the Side-Bike web site has been down for a while.
Does this mean that the company has vanished as well? Shocked
It would be a pity, as IMO, they are one of the top sidecar companies in terms of innovation. I know several members here have thier products.
Hopefully its a technical glitch and nothing more.
Ben

BTW: Any of you guys have an RDS rig?
I'd really like to see one up close someday...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://public.fotki.com/RalphG/sidecar_stuff/fjr1300rdsinstall/

Try this for up close pictures of an install. As far as we know their is at least 4 in the US. CA, KY, FL, and Boston. Two on FJR's and two on Hayabusa's. All or most will likely be in one place June 20th in Maggie Valley NC.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've noticed that the Side-Bike web site has been down for a while.
Does this mean that the company has vanished as well?


On Jan. 8, 2007 Side-Bike was taken over by another Company.
They will continue making sidecars. I will post new web site when it becomes
available.
Roger


http://hometown.aol.com/HPSidecars/index.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a correction....there are 5 known RDS sidecars. Ralph pointed out that I forgot to count the "Cacoon" that Robin built.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JayBoy wrote:
There is a correction....there are 5 known RDS sidecars. Ralph pointed out that I forgot to count the "Cacoon" that Robin built.


Where has that one gotten to?
The other four are out East it would seem... far from here.
Perhaps I can find some excuse for driving to NC in June...

Each winter over the last few years, I've pondered building up the old K100RS in modern HPS form. Unlike the previous, this year I have free access to a machine shop. I exchanged a few emails with Claude and Sheldon about their K-bike rigs in 2005, and I see that another has been completed by a forum member in 2006. Nicely done I'd add...

I'm shopping for wheels (the place to start). This is not a well funded project, so slow to develop. Front end design is still all over the map,
but I see much to admire in the RDS, Wilbo, and Stern executions.
While lurking here, I can see that Bill's CHS is developing quite a following
Very Happy. Hannigan certainly seems to like it.

Ben


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vintagegear wrote:

Perhaps I can find some excuse for driving to NC in June...

If you're interested in seeing these things (and apparently you are), the Maggie Valley gathering is about the best excuse you'll come up with. And then there's the excellent riding in the Smoky Mountains, and the ride across the country to get there, and.... but, hey - just come - no excuses needed. Very Happy Interested 2 wheel riders are always welcome.

Of course, if what you mean is an excuse to feed a skeptical spouse or something like that - that may be a whole 'nother story.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dar wrote:

Of course, if what you mean is an excuse to feed a skeptical spouse or something like that - that may be a whole 'nother story.


Yes, well... I've gotten the go ahead to sock several hundred into getting the project rolling (so to speak) Surprised The Carolina trip might involve bringing my 3 year old in the hack, and that may be an overly long trip for the lad Confused Perhaps there is a legitimate use for in-dash DVD players after all Shocked
In any case, I've committed to a project, and have penciled an attractive and fairly original design. I will probably have a number of questions in the near future. Question
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The DVD player in our van has saved our sanity on many road trips, especially the included headphones.

Big Grin
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:24 pm    Post subject: The missing RDS Reply with quote

The fifth RDS (Robin's Hayabusa with RDS Cocoon) was sold to Dave Beumbaluskas who lives in Westmont Illinois. Ben, it looks like all the RDS's are still on the east coast but you could change that. We have RDS's phone number is you need it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey!
Hello Doug and Patti.
Hows it going?
Buddies
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Hello Doug and Patty Very Happy Long time no hear Very Happy
Well there is a FJR1300 W/RDS belonging to Ben Divine in CA. It Was the 2nd one we did.
http://public.fotki.com/RalphG/sidecar_stuff/bens-fjr1300-rds-2-hps/
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops! I forgot that the one you did went out West. So does that still make 5 RDS rigs in the USA or are there others I don't know about?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Thanks for the replies.
As nice as it might be to add another RDS to the US group, this project has a fairly modest budget. It should not be too difficult to complete a rig by early summer. There is a Sputnik frame in the shed, along with a K100 that never gets ridden and some scrap steel tubing... Confused

Mike, I noticed that you mounted a 195/50/ 16 on your K1100 rig.
Any complaints? I'm currently looking at 15's all around, but I can see some advatange to a larger diameter drive wheel. It has been mentioned that there is value to rotating the tires, but there may be greater value in keeping the revs within the designed range for stock gear ratios.

Ben
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only 5 that I know of Doug. Did you get your CD?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it, excellent pictures! Thank you very much.
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