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Diesel Motorcycle

and 'Leaner' Sidecar *

KNOCKIN' on the DEVILS DOOR

IT WORKS! SEE VIDEOS LOWER DOWN FOR PROOF

* the sidecar 'pivots' on the mountings on the bike. see this video for a good explanation


Back ground to the project

     After the boardtracker and the butchers bike I was looking to build something else and as usual was looking for something a little different. I wanted to build another full custom made bike and I like the sidecar on the butchers bike so a plan was forming. searching for suitable engines on EBay I can across a Ducati IS9 Diesel for sale. I didn't know Ducati made diesels! It's a stationary engine used on boats and for agricultural use; perfect for lugging a sidecar!? I already had a three speed plus reverse Albion heavyweight gearbox so...... another project is go!

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 Initial drawings and ideas

Going to go for a sort of Rat Rod look, solid 16" wheels, girder forks, low and squat.

    this is the sort of thing...

from here

I really like this frame!

from here

I got the lower yoke from a zzr1100, I am going to use the stem as the basis for my own design of girder forks.

made some progress on the design of the side car, going for a 'leaner' see this site for details:

www.haulnride.com/leaner_sidecars.html


Pictures

this is the engine

 

got a little NSU Quickly tank for it, Should get around 150MPG from the engine so I don't need a big tank....

   

 and then there were three.....

 

basic frame design

metal has been bent!

    

   

more frame done!

 

 

 

 

 

off the jig

 

 

the girder front end

 

 

 

   

 

 

front shocks going on

 

front end finished bar a bit of welding, seat tacked in place and handlebars designed and made

 

 

   

initial design ideas for the sidecar

 

 

   

Brembo brake callipers on custom mounts

 

foot pegs and bits

 

 

 

 

nose cone of unidentified WW2 aircraft

exhaust started

exhaust mockup

 

bar switches

   

side stand

 

fuel gauge and gated gear lever

 

latest progress

       

sidecar getting there and brake tools, custom reservoir, etc

 

more work done on the sidecar

 

 

side car now with canvas

out on the street

 

 

 

Beginning of final assembly

front end

tin ware has come back from the painters

 

finally! the build up.....

 

 

 

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Movies

    this is a video the lad I bought it off took of it running

engine running in the frame, IT LIVES!!!!

Testing as a solo

testing as an outfit

going backwards!

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What's it like to ride ?

it will be a beast.

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Questions

    If you have to ask why? then you will never understand...........

Q. why a diesel, they're noisy and slow?

A. and different!

Q. why no rear chain adjuster?

A. wanted it to look simple and 'clean', I will use a tensioner.

Q. That tank looks ridiculous; it's too small

A. your wrong. It holds a gallon and that should be enough for 140 or so miles. Don't need a big tank. And I like it.

Q. Why a 'leaner' sidecar? and what the hell is one?

A. see the link at the top of this page. Basically you can ride the bike as normal and the sidecar 'pivots on the frame. My butchers bike and sidecar works in a similar way.

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