Thread: MY DL650 sidecar setup

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    Default MY DL650 sidecar setup

    This segment of EP seems to be pretty quiet. So thought I should put up a pic or two of my 2013 DL650/DMC M72D sidecar setup. I bought this hack setup pretty much like you see it. Added a few farkles with a few more to go on this winter. The big one will be a steering damper to help remove slow-speed head shakes.

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    I brought Seika to the Northwest Overland/Touratech Rally in Plain, WA. Learned very quickly that I will have to change the chain sprockets from 15/47 F/R stock to 14/48. With a passenger on board, I really had to slip the clutch a lot to get anyway over rough topography. The one tooth less in front and one more on the rear wheel should not hurt my top speed too much for running asphalt. But it should give me a lot more grunt at low speeds and off-roading. With the stock setup I can do 75 MPH all day and still have lots of throttle left. But a drop to 60-65 MPH maximum would not bother me that much.

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    Thanks for getting us some sidecar action here. I liked seeing your rig. (And any moto at NWOR that wasn't a KTM or a GS gets my admiration. )

    If you have the time, please continue to tell us of your modifications and adventures. I promise to read and admire your efforts.

    Thanks, Mike

    Mike Hiscox

    2003/2014 Sprinter 2500 mid/tall custom conversion
    2012 Porsche Cayenne TT on all-terrains
    2008 Lexus GX470
    2008 Suzuki DR-Z400
    2006 Honda PS250 Big Ruckus Expedition Scooter


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    Mike,

    I'll try to get some new pics and a list of what has been done to the setup so far. I think I have my wifey talked into going to the Sidecar Associations National event in Hodgekiss (sp?), Colorado next July, 2016. First need to do a few more mods to make it more tracable on gravel. It is a fun beast!

    Quote Originally Posted by mhiscox View Post
    Thanks for getting us some sidecar action here. I liked seeing your rig. (And any moto at NWOR that wasn't a KTM or a GS gets my admiration. )

    If you have the time, please continue to tell us of your modifications and adventures. I promise to read and admire your efforts.

    Thanks, Mike


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    've been married now for over 44 years. SWMBO still lets me out to have fun! Even comes out a few times with me. I'm pretty sure that I'll be selling the BWM F800GT and just focusing on the DL650 hack in the near future. Love my Beemer but love my wife more. Rather have her along for the ride.

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    Looks like it's just you and me, buddy. I don't know why sidecars--best vehicular combination of fun and practicality ever--don't get all sorts of love.

    I got rid of my CB1000R this winter and haven't much missed it. I have hung onto my DR-Z400 so I have something to transport on trips, but in town I'm exclusively going with three wheels. The only question is whether I get a newer rig or stick with the FJ1200. I suffer from this Yamaha steering and riding so well that I'm worried I could drop a fortune on building a new one and it would end up less pleasant.

    Anyway, thanks for showing the first life on this forum in two years. It'd be great to hear from some more of you hack drivers.
    Mike Hiscox

    2003/2014 Sprinter 2500 mid/tall custom conversion
    2012 Porsche Cayenne TT on all-terrains
    2008 Lexus GX470
    2008 Suzuki DR-Z400
    2006 Honda PS250 Big Ruckus Expedition Scooter


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