Sidecar Adventures: Some Hack Hackery

On Thursday I drove the sidecar to work. After work I drove it to a friend’s house where we had a BBQ and played some games. About 9:30 in the evening I went out to the sidecar to drive home. I turned the key and it said “Rrrr click. Click.” No start. Dead battery. WTF? […]

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Another Motorcycle?

Yesterday (yes, in January,) I drove home my latest motorcycle acquisition. I got forwarded a screaming deal on a 1998 Moto Guzzi V11EV motorcycle with a Hannigan Classic sidecar attached. I’ve been jonesing for another sidecar and this deal was too good to pass up. So I checked with Liz, who pretty much said “a […]

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RS Resurrection – Finale, For Now

Yesterday I got mad enough to really figure out why the rear brakes were not working. I ended up taking off the master cylinder to adjust the linkage (it’s really a pain to adjust – you either have to fully remove the master cylinder and brake pedal, or remove the rear wheel and the swingarm!) […]

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I Think Someone’s Getting Jealous…

I got on the K1100RS to ride home from work this afternoon and headed down the road to get on the freeway. As I accelerated down the entrance ramp all of a sudden the tach dropped to zero and the engine started running really rough – like it dropped a cylinder or something. So I […]

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RS Resurrection – Went For A Ride!

The seat hinges arrived today so I could attach the seat to the motorcycle. So in celebration I went for a short ride! I actually went for two rides. I started the bike and did a rudimentary carb balancing and idle set, just so it would run well enough to give it a warm up […]

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RS Resurrection – Work, Work, Work

More details on recent work. Since the last update I’ve done the following: Replaced the neutral switch (which you can do without pulling the transmission!) Installed the rubber grommets where the brake lines pass through the fairing. Installed the front wheel. Installed and bled the front brakes and lines. Attempted to bleed the rear brakes, and failed. Twice. […]

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RS Resurrection – It’s Alive!

Just a short post – I’ll do a more detailed one later. I got the RS to the point where I could start her tonight, so I put some gas in the tank and pressed the button. She fired right up and ran! The carbs need tuning and balancing, but she was running! Here is a […]

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RS Resurrection – We Have A Cockpit!

Spent some more time on the RS this afternoon. I installed the brake and throttle assembly, the grips, the gauge cluster and the brake line from the master cylinder to the manifold. The cockpit started out looking like this: And ended up looking like this: I also fixed the center stand and re-installed it. I […]

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