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post #1 of 7 Old Nov 16th, 2008, 10:43 am Thread Starter
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Hacking LT

Any good suggestions for hacking a LT? I have a 2002 low mileage girl that I would like to hack for family friendly motoring. Don't want something to big, but not small either. Really don't want to spend a fortune but want something that fits the bike also. All input is appreciated, and pictures of hacked LT's would be nice.


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For the money you'll spend hacking it, just buy a new or used Ural Gear-Up. You'll pay about the same and keep the LT as it is. And you get 2wd for them "off-road" adventures (on the Gear-Up).

Then you'll have 2 choices in the stable.
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You'll be wanting to visit Hannigan as they make some very nice hacks.

And, Google 'Motorcycle sidecars', you'll get a ton of great posts and other manufacturers.

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Any good suggestions for hacking a LT?

Well ...We have a Hannigan Astro 2+2 on our '02 K1200LT .http://www.hannigansidecar.com/content/sidecars.html , http://www.hannigansidecar.com/conte...stro22BIG.html . For the money it would be hard to beat .If you want to take it off and use the bike as a two wheeler , it only takes 30-45 minutes . However , I wanted our rig to turn better , so I put Hannigan's Steer-lite & heave front fork spring on our rig around a year or so after Hannigan put the sidecar on .
Now it handles a lot better . It is not as good as our old '86 K100/EMLGT2 was . But then ,.. when our EML as new , it was one of the best handling rigs in the world .... I can no longer run our LT as a two wheeler . But , I have always had at least one bike that was a dedicated sidecar bike for over twenty years , so the loss of being able to use our LT as a two wheeler didn't bother me at all .
If money was a not problem I might have gotten one of these http://www.ezs-sidecar.com/html/summit.html .

Things I have learned over that last 23 years of sidecaring . The bigger ,wider , the heavy the rig is , the better it is . As you get lighter & narrower , the more tippy it gets .

Here is a shot of our '02 K1200LT/Hannigan 2+2 , '86K100/EML2 , & our '65 R50 /Velerx , that I put a '80 R100 motor/ transmission /wheels /final drive ,ect .in .
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I HAVE A 99 LT that was hack'd by Sideffects in BC,Canada. It has EZS suspension modifications and the hack is a Hannigan Astro GT. My wife and grandchildren love it. It handles great and I wish I had done this 10 years earlier! I don't miss the two wheeler experience. This is a semi-permanent conversion, ie rear auto wheel and tire etc.
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P-man:

I am in the same process; ie: hacking a K1200LT, mine is a 1999. I may be just slightly ahead in the curve as I have done a few months of research.

Some great sights you might check out:

The United Sidecar Assoc.; HACK'd The Magazine for Sidecarists;

Internet Sidecar Owners Assoc. (probably the best)

And, if I can, I will put in a plug for Claude at C. Stanley Motorsports as being someone that can install just about any sidecar on any bike and make it work! His shop is in PA.

If you wish you can call me at (937) 763-0387 or e-mail me at "[email protected]" for more info.

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