Is it only me that finds the names of the two contributors to this article amusingly ironic? It is? Oh, right then, 111 get me coat...
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t all started with a quest to make a more economical vehicle and one that'd also allow me to take Molly the Rotty with me wherever I went, 1 it was this that shaped the ole project. I decided on a BMW head as they're shaft drive (so chains and sprockets straight I, and also because they have a ne for reliability. That was the )c anyway, but I was soon to rn different ...
Then, like a miracle, a random ke from two streets away X'ked on my door and offered : his non-running BMW
Rioo for £200 as he was moving house. 'Bargain', I thought, 'what could possibly be wrong with such a machine of legendary reliability?' Well, firstly, the carbs'dbeen sitting with water in them and needed totally rebuilding (my first experience of the cost of BMW spares - that left a nasty hole in the wallet, I can tell you!), and then, to be cautions, I took the heads off to have a look inside only to find the Nikasil bore lining was flaking off in one barrel. The electrics were falling to bits so I wired up a minimal loom using some seven core trailer cable and, after all this I was finally in a position to actually start the thing. So off for a sneaky test ride to check all is working before adding the sidecar and... it wouldn't disengage the clutch. 'Loose cable' I thought, so adjusted it and heaved on the lever... and heaved on the lever... and heaved on the lever... until the actuator snapped on the gearbox. Bollocks!
I'D BEEN SEARCHING FOR A SUITABLE SIDECAR AND EVENTUALLY FOUND THE FIBREGLASS SALUKI SHELL AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE A SCI-FI SPACE SHIP
So it was back into the shed. The swingarm came out, and the gearbox came off to reveal a rusted solid clutch. I attempted to skim the pressure plates on a mate's lathe, but that didn't work so I had to buy a whole secondhand assembly. Then, when reassembling the bike, I spun the gearbox output shaft by hand and noticed it was worryingly rumbly - it'd been standing full of water for years and was beyond all hope of repairing. Great. So, by the time I'd put an MOT on it, I'd've spent less money and had a lower stress level if I'd bought one in really good condition to start with.
All this time I'd been searching for a suitable sidecar and eventually found a fibreglass Saluki and fell in love with it because it looks like a Sci-Fi space ship. It was made in the early '80s and, I guess, was influenced by the Rond Bug. It was originally built as a monocoque (one side bolted to the bike and the other to the suspension unit), hut the previous owner'd thoughtfully cut the mountings off with an angle grinder so I had to make a conventional chassis to mount it on. This was done with box section and aligned with a keen eye, and the struts were made from tube and heavy studding to make them adjustable (infinitely cheaper than buying special adjustable struts). O
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