Snowbum's sidecar rig, and spare parts and tools ....for sale, one lot!
© Copyright 2018, R. Fleischer
It's the end of an era. Due to age & failing health (return of prostate cancer and its onerous treatment), and near future move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Snowbum is quitting motorcycles.
Snowbum's Sidecar rig and his two-wheeler, the 1995 R100RT are both for sale.
THIS page is only for the sidecar rig.
....The two-wheeler, the 1995 R100RT, has its own for sale page:
For this below described sidecar rig, the EML sidecar and EZS fitments are widely considered as a "premium, higher end, sidecar rig".
I am now 81 years old. I have some serious physical problems. My wife, Penny, wants us to sell out at Tahoe, and move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community before we are too old to do so. Penny likes Rose Villa in Milwaukee, Oregon; where we have visited several times; and, Penny's older sister lives there in a cottage. My life expectancy is not 'forever', and I am already dealing with a recurrence of my prostate cancer. It's time to dispose of things I won't be using...and have no place for... after we move. I would prefer to drive the rig and ride the motorcycle for the few more years I have, but there is no garage nor workshop area available at or close to where we will be moving-to. The house where we live in South Lake Tahoe, California, with furnishings, electronics repair business, tools, machinery, etc....all will have to be sold. I find this all to be very stressful. The timetable to move to Oregon depends on us selling many things; AND, when a cottage at Rose Villa becomes available .....we've been on their waiting list for over a year. My guess would be in 2019. So, we need to do things now, and not put things off until the last minute.
This is how the sidecar looks, mated to the top I designed and built. The top is of quite high quality (probably me being anal), weatherproof, and has soft plastic side windows that can be rolled up. The right side photo is of us, in 2006.
Complete information on how I designed and built the sidecar top, is in the following link (scan down the article a bit):
The left photos below shows the sidecar rig with the original Police-type of trunk, looks nice, but carries little. I no longer have it, in favor of the much larger BMW and lockable/removable, rear trunk.
Below, the left photo shows the sidecar rig with the BMW Touring Case on left side of the motorcycle, City Case on the right. I HAVE BOTH SETS OF CASES FOR YOU, two Tour cases, two City cases...all on the same key, of course. This photo has the SKUNKS flag on the bag of the sidecar.
EML of Holland built an early and a later version of its model GT2 sidecar. The first version had TWO front hinges, and opened directly forward. Mine is the later version, that uses one massive hinge, designed so the hatch opens on an angle; that is, as you open the hatch, it swings away somewhat from the motorcycle, giving more clearance. It is also easy for the sidecar passenger to enter.
This sidecar rig uses a combination of high-end conversion items. The sidecar was made by the famous EML company, and the fitments, wheels, front end, etc., on the tug (the BMW K1100LT) are by the famous EZS company. The construction of everything is massive ...that is, it is VERY sturdy, which is required for a properly handling rig that is built to last near forever.
Some specifications, including empty and loaded weights & dimensions; plus factory brochure pages, and a large amount of service information for the EML sidecar, and some EZS information; all will be found on this website, HERE:
Article on the steering dampener (damper): http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/ezs-steering-damper.htm
Additional information: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/K1100LT-EML GT2.htm
Article on BrushGuards: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/Kguards.htm
INCLUDED with the sale of the sidecar rig are two BMW City-Cases & two BMW Touring saddlebags. These all are on the same key as is the entire bike!
Included are quality rainproof covers (2), one for the motorcycle, one for the sidecar.
Also included is, as shown, the genuine later type long-life BMW tank bag that is the type designed for this K1100LT.
Included, IF YOU WANT THEM: TWO each, quite-long square steel tubing pieces, used to check toe-in and other alignment. Known straight.
Separate tool box with plenty of tools, a multimeter, etc. Extensive on-bike tool kit also. LOTS of spare parts. Spares include a lot of brand-new things like cables; fuel, oil and air filters; fittings, nuts, bolts, washers, gaskets; and a lot of other 'stuff'. Even engine and gearbox and rear drive oil is included. In the large metal tools box in the trunk is included full tire repair equipment, including a bike electric powered mini air compressor, meter, etc.
You are basically getting everything I have for the sidecar rig and for K bikes....which is A LOT.
Tug wheels custom by EZS: 4.5" x 14" size.
Tug tire, REAR: automobile car tire, 175/70-R14, tubeless. Will return to original size P165/70R14 at next tire change (The new tire is included). The rig has the BMW accessory at front-lower area of REAR fender mudguard which helps keep dirt out of the transmission-located lever for operating the clutch.
Tug Tire, FRONT: automobile car tire, 165/70-R14, tubeless.
Sidecar wheel: EML 15 inch #300, with Firestone tire F560 rated 72S, 135R15, tubeless.
Electrics: Kisan headlight modulator. 700 watt later model BMW alternator. White forward facing LED lamp on right front of sidecar in the recessed assembly. NO hanging ugly lights on this sidecar! Special license plate frame with multiple red lighting effects. High quality digital voltmeter built into the fairing. Multiple electric outlets on the motorcycle for accessories. Proper and legal setup for directional signals. Modified Bulb Monitor relay unit. Foglights (2). Both DIN and cigarette types of electrical outlets in the sidecar; modified RAM ball mounts for GPS (etc.). Built-in Smart Charger for the motorcycle battery, which is a large VRLA Panasonic. Two Fog Lights on separate BMW switch.
Electrically adjustable height BMW windshield.
Massive EZS Leading Link front forks, with special wide fender to accommodate the tire.
BMW two-level heated grips.
RAM ball mount, ETC.
Front shocks: Two each modified Koni 7610-1282 shocks; fully adjustable for height and damping.
BMW rear shock on the motorcycle; EML special shock on the sidecar. Included is a spare Koni shock for the sidecar (not yet gone through by me, but is operational if you were to install it, which is NOT now necessary, it is strictly a spare item for you).
Two multiple piston Brembo brake calipers on front wheel, both have floating discs (and floating calipers, and with torque arms). You WILL like these powerful brakes!
ABS system removed (spirited and even many not-so-spirited sidecar drivers do NOT want ABS, due to the possible effects on spirited handling with use of brakes in corners). The ABS power/signalcable was not removed. The front toothed ABS wheel will be removed at the next front tire change.
Disc rear brake is a Brembo two-piston 38 mm P108 caliper.
Rear master cylinder is a stock type 16 mm Magura (BMW).
Sidecar brake: Brembo F05 plumbed to the tug's rear braking system via high quality brake hose with outer SS braid & covering, etc. A brand new spare disc is included, but is not needed now, and possibly never, as the original disc is not worn much.
NO mickey-mouse fittings, etc.
Front wheel offset: to right, 1-3/8".
Sidecar wheel lead 13-1/4".
Toe-in is presently 3/8".
Any need for the EZS hydraulic steering dampener, included (with my modifications), is quite minimal.
R1100S modified hand-guards (brush guards).
Hotel-quality rug material in chair and chair trunk.
Over-designed & over-built TOP, designed & made HERE and made to LAST! Two side windows can be removed (zippers), or, zippers partially up, and windows can be rolled up and secured with built-in snaps.
Speedometer: Re-calibrated to match rear tire size. Accuracy ~ +- 1mph.
Odometer: Stock. Reads ~12% fast, depending on rear tire size. Thus, the actual mileage is less than indicated which means less than shown in this article.
Factory updates and service bulletins are complied with. This includes the transmission grub screw.
Handling: Heavy and stable. Lean-out set for my particular more often used roads. Front tire will tend to somewhat follow any highway rain grooves, but there is no oscillation. Brakes are superb. Power is very considerable, and torque is rather prodigious. Leaning in curves is quite modest. There is no need for added ballast in the sidecar (often done on some rigs to reduce wheel lifting on right turns), unless you are a beginner and wish to have such ballast. The chair wheel does NOT easily lift on this rig, this effect, often called Flying The Chair....which it is not unless very extreme...is easily controllable if you are driving quite briskly in turns.
Fun little item (there are numerous fun little things....):
I love camping, and Penny has done a lot of sidecar rig camping with me. Penny complained, and rightly so, that some places we camped at had no camping table. We really needed a place for our little stove, a cooking area, etc. After a bit of thinking, which included realizing that we never camp anyplace without removing things mounted on the rack on the sidecar trunk; or, if no such things, we always open the trunk, as that is where we keep our 'kitchen' items ....I made a thin wooden working area platform, that is kept in the trunk, but snaps-in-place onto the rear rack. Such a simple thing, but has become very handy.
I have a lot of quality backpacking camping gear, and might consider selling all of it cheaply with the sidecar rig, if you are the camping type. Very handy at Rallies, or in the woods... (INCLUDES a 12 volt electric blender!).
I have a very large display (6") GPS that is available cheaply, heck, might toss it in, fits on a RAM mount...very sturdy, easy to use, etc.
I have many items not listed in this article.
WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED, or, details?
The already mentioned Tour bags and ALSO City cases are all BMW, and in matched sets. Both a BRAND NEW front sidecar lamp housing assembly with lens, ETC....also a rear lamp housing assemblies for use as spare parts, in case you smash them (I've never damaged any such thing on this rig). VERY complete documentation, such as service history and documents and other records going back to when the motorcycle was brand-new. A Clymers manual is included, but also MUCH more, including a huge binder containing a printed version of BMW's own factory service book (and CD as well), and my personal notes. Parts and service invoices are included, and just about anything else you could think of that you might want. More... probably don't remember what, at the moment.
What about the condition, mileage, etc?
There is approximately 68,000 documented/indicated miles on the K1100LT, since brand-new. The actual mileage is lower due to the smaller tires, compared to the stock original motorcycle tire. The mileage is, as you probably know, very low for a K bike, which are well known for their exceptionally long life ....and you can probably expect HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of miles without opening the engine for anything except the quite rare valve clearance check or chain guide. The entire rig has been well-kept-up. Recent repairs have included an all-new clutch (ALL clutch parts replaced and all are BMW); and an all-new BMW driveshaft, new Paralever and swing arm bearings, etc. Only quality lubricants have been used. The engine is run on Mobil 1, 15W50 full-synthetic oil, as that is best for not only the engine as a whole, but especially for the starter motor free-running clutch. I even overhauled the starter motor, and installed a new battery (Panasonic AGM/VRLA), etc. There are NO PROBLEMS that I know of. The scheduled service is up-to-date, and will be kept so.
OK...OK...so...you've told me about all the good stuff, why a new clutch? ...and, heck, why a new driveshaft? What about the hatch hinge change? What about the hatch lift strut? Where's the original windshield?
I am meticulous (well, anal) about maintenance. Upon inspecting the transmission input shaft splines, they were found to be in need of lubrication. In the same way that Airhead's transmission splines are lubricated at intervals, so are K bike's splines. However, the K bike transmission splines need a lubrication check only at MUCH higher mileage than Airhead's splines do. The clutch was inspected, and while a lot of mileage was left on the friction disc, I thought it a good idea to replace the entire clutch (I never replace just the clutch disc, if there is any noticeable wear on the other clutch parts) and associated seals in the area, as long as everything rearwards of the clutch was already removed. I kept the old parts, you get them, to keep or toss.
In late 2016, the driveshaft U-joint failed while I was, well, seriously hot dogging. This was at close to 68,000 miles. This put tiny metal pieces/dust into the Paralever bearings and the swing arm bearings, so everything was cleaned-out, and every bearing, as well as the entire driveshaft unit, was replaced at very considerable cost. Genuine BMW parts were used. Since the driveshaft failed while I was on the road (and, yes, admitted, I was using a very large handful of throttle, accelerating ferociously at the time), I had the rig towed to my favorite BMW dealership. A large flat bed vehicle hauler & towing company was hired for this. The tug was put onto that hauler in the wrong direction, and the hatch of the sidecar was not tied down to the sidecar tub. At something around 65 mph, the wind over the top of the truck's cab was enough to grab the sidecar hatch, and toss it forwards, breaking the costly EML cast hinge and breaking the not-costly support lift-strut for the hatch, and ..... breaking the windshield at several places. The dealership cleaned out the driveshaft housing, installed a new driveshaft, new bearings, etc. I drove the sidecar rig home. I was having back/leg/hip problems, and I did not get very much of my own work done but in small amounts here and there, for some longish time afterwards. I finally obtained a new hinge ($$$$) from EML and got that installed (and I added rubber gasketing I made). I also removed most of the old weather stripping from the hatch and tub. I purchased a new lift support strut of a newer and more sturdy type, and installed it using new and proper metal ball mountings for the strut (original parts were not correct, IMO).
I obtained a brand-new windshield from EML ($$$$). I installed it using appropriate flat rubber protection and also silicone molding and used special plastic mounting screws and nuts and rubber washers. I did all the drilling and fitting myself, of course; with proper drills made for plastic, proper hole treatment after drilling, ETC. I matched the new windshield, properly shock mounted, to the fancy Sunbrella material top that was made earlier. It is a very nice setup.
As I noted, all maintenance is kept up-to-date, this includes re-coating of the ignition module with fresh heat sink paste; yearly brake bleeding; some lubrication work; and, recently, fresh Long Life coolant. It will soon probably be time for a new rear tire, so that will probably be done when or by the time you pick up the sidecar rig.
Is there anything that should be done in the near future?
(1) I think the motorcycle's seat (saddle) should eventually be reupholstered (recovered). One seam, the rear one, is beginning to pull, and while it will last quite some time, the seat should be recovered. There is nothing special about that job for this bike, and you will not find it costly when you have it recovered; or, do it yourself.
(2) The front tire will need replacement, although there are considerable miles left in it. Front tires on sidecar rigs wear VERY SLOWLY, and 40,000 to 50,000 miles between front tire changes on this rig is typical for even on occasional rough roads. If mostly on smooth roads, you might well get 80,000. At that time I suggest the front wheel bearings be inspected, regreased or replaced upon inspection, and the same for the pivot arm bearings. Simple cleaning and lubrication is probably all that will be required. I suggest removing the ABS toothed wheel at the same time, just because it is not needed.
(3) I do not anticipate any other work being needed for a long time and many miles, other than oil and oil filter changes and the rare inspection of the air filter and replacement of the fuel filter (I have new spares for you). The brake pads will not require replacing for a huge number of miles.
This sidecar rig is VERY substantially built, with a large sidecar, that will comfortably accommodate two small or one large passenger; or a passenger with a good sized dog, ETC. It is a road cruiser, with substantial power and braking, and a fairly wide stance for stability. Flying the chair can be done, but is not easy to initiate, due to the rig stability. The available power is at least twice what an R100 Airhead can supply. For experienced sidecarists, this would probably be type of sidecar they might purchase last. For a beginner, there really isn't any problem in learning how to drive a sidecar; and, one can be reasonably competent after a weekend of instruction and practice. Just as with motorcycles, there are advanced techniques that can be learned later.
This rig is capable of carrying a LOT of luggage. I expect it will be quite reliable.
OK...so what's all this going to cost me?
If you were to build a rig like this from scratch, you would be into it $30,000 & quite possibly a LOT more, including starting with a really good used motorcycle....and a new EML sidecar; and the cost would still be quite high even if the EML sidecar was previously owned. EML makes premium products. Sidecar rigs costing $40K++ are NOT unusual.
I have over $25,000 (probably well-over), in this outfit, which I consider low. Only the last handful of years ...usually due to my bad back and leg ...have I had to farm anything out ...Ted Porter (Beemershop) did the clutch; and, Sierra BMW did the driveshaft work.
I am asking $16000. This could shift a bit up or down depending on what extras you want, or do not.
I probably will offer to guarantee the rig, in writing, increasing the price some for doing that ....I've done it with some motorcycles and sidecar rigs I have sold, upon request by the purchaser.
I may consider driving it to your home if not too distant; for expenses, assuming my health allows. Or, if you are far far away, you could fly into Reno, take the cheap shuttle to South Lake Tahoe, and you can stay here with us for a day or three, then drive the rig home after some instruction/practice, etc. This sidecar rig is fully capable of being driven across the Country, anyplace.
We could also arrange shipment. I have two favorite shippers.
You can contact me via E-mail, see the address in the image on the following page:
Initial release: 10/03/2018
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