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Old 04-05-2007, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Below, are some pics of my ’04 Thruxton with recently attached sidecar. The sidecar is an early 70’s American Spirit/Spirit Eagle that I had purchased last year off of ebay from a chopper shop down in southern California. The bike and hack was out of state for the last several months having mounts fabricated. It uses a quick release 4-point system, using heim joints, clevis struts and collet struts, and it’s fully adjustable. Nothing was welded to the bike or holes drilled in the frame...the mounts are bolted onto the frame. The rig also has a new Progressive shock. When I first got the sidecar, the original chromed frame was covered in surface rust and the wheel hub and axle were seized as a result of rust. I restored the hub and axle and had the frame sandblasted and reinforced and then powder coated the setup in black to match the thruxton’s frame. I still need to either replace the rust covered rim and spokes or have the rim re-chromed. I’m still debating whether or not to repaint the hull or leave it in it’s current patina’d hooligan state. Another idea is to have the rims on the thruxton and the hack, powder coated in black.

So, how’s it ride. All I can say is, WOW. It’s a blast to ride...just ask my two boys...and it’s certainly different to say the least. I’m gonna have Popeye forearms in no time. It’s amazing how many smiles, stares, thumbs-up’s and questions I get. It’s like being the ambassador of joy...

And yes, once I master the art of “flying the hack”, you can be ***** sure that I’ll add a wheelie-ing sidecar pic to my signature!

What’s Next: swap out the ConvertiBar adjustable clip-ons, for the British Customs Handlebar Conversion Kit (bought from a forum member) that is laying in my garage.

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Old 04-05-2007, 10:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great pic's Gary, pretty rare to see a new triumph with a side hack on it. :-)


As a side note thanks for the tip on the smuggler at your local dealer, I contacted them and after seeing pic's it's on it's way.

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Old 04-05-2007, 10:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great pic's Gary, pretty rare to see a new triumph with a side hack on it. :-)


As a side note thanks for the tip on the smuggler at your local dealer, I contacted them and after seeing pic's it's on it's way.

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Old 04-05-2007, 10:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I spoke with Michael on the phone twice, he says " you can come down and see it"...haha

When I told him I couldnt because I'm from PA he was suprised and wanted to know how I found out about the seat. Then asked who posted on the forum when I mentioned I seen it here.

Your dog appear's to be enjoying the ride...good stuf.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It’s amazing how many smiles, stares, thumbs-up’s and questions I get. It’s like being the ambassador of joy...
^^That is awesome.^^

The 'hooligan patina' is a keeper - maybe you can take off the bullet hole stickers, but the black with racing checkers looks excellent, and it matches the thrux anyways. Have fun!

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Old 04-05-2007, 10:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's a great looking setup. From the photos it looks like you might have a bit too much lean-out. It should be about one degree or so. Making adjustments is easy and you should learn about it for your own comfort. If you remember anything, remember never to ride your rig with the sidecar empty and with a with passenger on your bike; it's almost certain to end in disaster.

If you are really into the rig you might want to try a proper set of sidecar tires on the bike; it makes a tremendous difference in how the rig drives. I use Avon SM Mark II's on mine. Good luck and enjoy yourself.

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Old 04-05-2007, 10:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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'effing amazing. What a cool ride!

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Old 04-05-2007, 11:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you certainly are the ambassador of joy. I showed my ol' lady and the 5 year old man of the house the dog in the sidecar and the joy spread all the way to Texas.

Have fun, be safe, post more pics!

my vote is for the patina!

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Old 04-06-2007, 01:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Very cool! I want one!
I love the shape of that side hack. You don't see that style very often.

+1 on immediately removing the bullet hole stickers! :wink:
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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that's hands-down my favorite customization of all the great work I've seen on this forum (apologies to Mancha, Rodburner, jojje and others).

Sure, it's not for everyone, but I absolutely love it! Great work!

I want one.
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