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post #1 of 14 Old Jul 25th, 2017, 8:47 pm Thread Starter
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Thinking sidecar

I have been thinking about going to a sidecar. I am now leaning towards a Ural because the tires are made for it. The LT tires are not meant for flat riding and I would lose the wonderful ride of the LT.
Tough decisions.
Maybe go Ural and keep the LT
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post #2 of 14 Old Jul 26th, 2017, 2:01 am
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Re: Thinking sidecar

buy a lot of tyres for the price of a new bike
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Re: Thinking sidecar

I saw a Lt. on the highway loop around Cincinnati, Oh with a sidecar both in red last spring. I was quite impressed with the fit and finish and rode along side it for a good ways.

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Re: Thinking sidecar

If putting a car on the LT, go with Hannigan! They have an LT specific car that works beautifully. Go with a car tire on steel wheel on rear of LT and ride is like a Cadillac! 98k on mine and going strong. Also have a different Hannigan on a K1200RS.
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Re: Thinking sidecar

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Re: Thinking sidecar

We had Hannigan put a Astro 2+2 Astro 2+2 Sidecar ? Hannigan Motorsports on our '02 LT in '03. We had a '86 K100/ EML GT2, I got a new bike & my wife said ,if you get a new bike I get a new sidcar . Anyway , it makes a good rig. I put there heavy duty front spring & there steer lite on , the front rides & turns better .

I have been using regular motorcycle tires on our rig, but it eats them up. I am working on putting a car tire on the rear, and a rear tire on the front. I got a R1200CL rear wheel & put a 165R/ 15 on it https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...omCompare1=yes , It seems to fit on the rig OK. I am planning on a 130 70 17 - Battlax BT45 rear - to put on the front.

I have a '10 R1200GSA to ride as a two wheeler , If my wife does not go , I ride it. She says she is spoiled with her sidecar, I think she may not trust my balance two-up.
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Re: Thinking sidecar

can you post pics?

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Go with a car tire on steel wheel on rear of LT and ride is like a Cadillac! 98k on mine and going strong. Also have a different Hannigan on a K1200RS.
Hmmm I am interested to know which steel wheel and tyre combo is used, this has been subject of debate for several years on the forum and to date, I don't think there has been an answer.

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Re: Thinking sidecar

Here is a pict of my 2009 LT with a Hannigan SP2 . . . we really like it as it extends our riding time in the day, the season, in rain, in cold and on very long rides. In fact we did an Iron Butt a few weeks ago - Iron Horse Cabins in North Carolina to Minneapolis - 1135 miles in 21 hours !!




As for rear tires it is a matter of how many miles you plan to run a year. Over 7,000 miles a year I would go for a car tires and wheel conversion. Currently I am running a motorcycle tires but planning to convert once I retire and we can put in more and more trips. I did put an oversized rear tire by Shinko on the front - required no modification!! So far no bearing, brake or clutch issues as I am mindful of the extra load under all driving conditions.

More and more riders are moving on to other than two wheels to keep their face in the wind and to be among the biking crowd

Of course I would say go for it . . .

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Our first rig '65 R50 frame i put '80 R100 engine / gear box, / 6 final drive, Velorx sidecar.
picture from our wedding.

Then we got a '86 K100/ EML GT2

Our curent '02 K1200LT/ Hannigan

I have gone thru a few gear box's & clutches. Input shaft bearing goes & oils the clutch. I started driving it more like a dump truck now, so far so good.
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Re: Thinking sidecar

Does the R1200CL have the same bolt pattern as the LT ?
What about gas mileage?
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If putting a car on the LT, go with Hannigan! They have an LT specific car that works beautifully. Go with a car tire on steel wheel on rear of LT and ride is like a Cadillac! 98k on mine and going strong. Also have a different Hannigan on a K1200RS.
Do you have that performance sidecar set-up? I loved the looks of that.

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Re: Thinking sidecar

Mark.

Any pictures / info on your steel when and car tire would be appreciated - as I am thinking I may go that was the more miles I put on the LT!!

Thanks in advance . . .

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Hi Patric, I see you've watched my only thread post on a field found lt with 3 issues. things are progressing well on it. I have been looking at a hannigan that was on a 2007 k1200gt. The car looks similar but older than the one in your pic. How do you like the sidecar & what might I have to do to mine if I go that direction. It would be used probably 60-40% 2-up riding to sidecar. Might as well do the mods (if any) now before Spring. Thx much
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