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    Well, the wiring is done and nothing blew up or caught fire! Some of you may remember the rat's nest of wires and ScotchLok connectors I found under the trunk carpet as I started my sidecar rebuild project. Here is the "after" shot, with the staggered solder connections double shrinkwrapped and tucked inside a wire loom. Everything works, and those dual LED taillights on the trunk GREATLY enhance our conspicuity from the back! The only oddity was the rear marker light is much brighter than the front marker. I don't remember if it was that way before, but since the front doubles as a turn signal it makes sense that it would only be that bright when the right turn signal is activated. Nevertheless it's bright and very noticeable from the side, which is a plus in my book.

    I still have a few loose rivets to drill out and replace, a bit of cockpit molding to install, the windshield has to be installed, then marked for snaps with the ragtop in place so Glenlivet has protection from the elements on our trip to Tennessee. The bike is overdue for a state inspection, and I still haven't decided on the best way to secure the clamshell without looking quite so industrial. But it looks like this weekend will be our post-rebuild inaugural ride...and the start of training for this year's adventure!
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    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    Indeed, a great looking side car. I am jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    Is that a Testa Rossa under the red cover?
    Naw, I'm sure he jusr bought a Testa Rossa car cover to cover his lawn tractor.


    There is nothing on four wheels that has the destinctive rear haunches of the '84-'96 Ferrari Testa Rossa and the subsequent F512TR and F512M with their side mounted radiators and cheese grator side strakes.




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    @Rinty - The irony of it it since he moved to Vermont from Jersey he hasn't been able to take the Ferrari or the chopped '56 Ford out for a spin. Neither has sufficient ground clearance to handle his driveway!
    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    Great job on this rebuild! Many happy miles!
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    There are still a few little details to resolve, but the rig is rideable now! There are still a few loose rivets to drill out and replace with tiny machine screws (field repairable), and I need a new banjo joint so I can transfer the brake line from the old bike to the new, but the big issue is the replacement windshield. I had sent the old scratched one to Hannigan so they could get the proper curve and size, and I specifically asked that no holes be drilled in it as at that time I wasn't sure if I was going to glass over the existing mount holes and start fresh. The new one arrived all bubblewrapped and I really ought to have compared old and new. It had mounting holes and of course since Hannigan is not big on using standard templates two of them were in the wrong place. But it was also a bit larger than the original. In the photo below you can see the replacement extends back about an inch past the last mounting hole. Since I have the ragtop that last screw would be replaced by a twist lock, so the extra hole would be covered by hardware, but I was a bit concerned that the extra bulk might result in such a tight fit that the ragtop wouldn't reach the mounting points. The only way to find out was to mount the windshield and give it a try.

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    Well, it fit. Barely, and with some foul language and several grunts. Unfortunately, the extra length also covered the forward edge of the zippered window. In heavy rain it would definitely allow water to enter the tub. It was such a PITA to mount that I really don't want to take it off to shave a bit off. I'm thinking of making multiple light passes with a angle grinder but if I damage the windshield I won't have time to get a replacement. Decisions, decisions.

    BUT OMG it looks awesome!

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    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post

    Is that a Testa Rossa under the red cover?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Unfortunately, the extra length also covered the forward edge of the zippered window. In heavy rain it would definitely allow water to enter the tub. It was such a PITA to mount that I really don't want to take it off to shave a bit off. I'm thinking of making multiple light passes with a angle grinder but if I damage the windshield I won't have time to get a replacement. Decisions, decisions...
    Pete:

    Maybe have a convertible top or a boat cover place rework the ragtop?

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    Thanks, Lee. Those cheese grater sides are distinctive, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
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    I'd been dealing with a mild head cold for a week, but Sunday morning I rolled over in bed and my head spun so badly I fell to the floor, crawled to the trashcan and spent several minutes trying to empty my already empty stomach while being jostled by three very worried golden retrievers. That was the day I was supposed to have toured the shop with all those antique cars in it, but I was in no condition to go anywhere. Just turning my head or getting up too fast had me staggering around like a drunk! Spent three days battling vertigo from an inner ear issue.
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    I also had a nasty bout with vertigo. The stress of worrying it might be permanent touched off another bout of atrial fibrillation, something I am now dealing with by switching to a different cardiologist. My sister got an ablation for it which is what I am hoping for.

    Here is some reading material on vertigo: https://www.webmd.com/brain/home-remedies-vertigo#1

    Good luck with the vertigo. Mine affected me for quite a few weeks.

    Happy trails with your newly refurbished rig.
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    Brakes have been flushed and bled, every fastener checked for proper torque (save one important set as it turned out), and the finished rig rolled out into sunshine for the first time in four and a half months! It is most definitely a high visibility rig!

    I fired up the engine, slipped it into gear, and moved slowly down the dirt hill to pavement. My efforts to listen for loose rattles were defeated by all the supplies and old parts being transported in the tub a la Beverly Hillbillies. I turned onto our one paved road and scooted up the S-curve hill to our driveway; Glenlivet spotted his rig and came running to give me an escort.

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    Some major excitement as Glenlivet, Kazoo and Tulliver gathered round with my wife worried that they would scratch the paint. I'd intended to park the rig inside the warm shop and give it a good coat of wax, but Glenlivet was so excited I retrieved his memory foam dog bed and took him for a ride. My winter concerns that he would forget how much fun riding was proved without merit. Though I often gave him reassuring touches, he clearly was having a good time!

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    We had to pull over at the Craftsbury Garage due to a pronounced CLUNK sound coming from the rear. Remember the one set of fasteners I had overlooked? Well, they were the lug bolts for the rear wheel! Jesse from the garage is a real dog lover, and took care of us in less than a minute. Back on the paved road, up to the Common, then back home.
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    Glenlivet rides again!
    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    Dogs are a hoot! We had a Papillion that would bark and nip at my ankles while I was getting the bike ready. I would get my fill of the harassment and pick her up and set her on the passenger seat. She would sit there quietly and wait until we were ready to go.

    A guy I ride with has a hole in his top case and his dog rides in it. While riding through town the pup will put his paws on the passengers shoulders so he can see. The pup also wears goggles and will slide them up on his forehead in town, the slide them back down over his eyes when the hit the highway. Funny as hell how smart they are.

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    Congratulations! I am so pleased that you and Glenlivet are back on the road and so happily. Great!
    I followed your project, as have many, I'm sure, and was eagerly waiting for you to be back on the road. It has been an interesting and enjoyable thread to follow. Hopefully, you won't be too overwhelmed by well-wishers at the national.
    Best to you.
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    Your pics with your dog in the sidecar made me smile. Great work!!
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    The dog pics are choking me up, Pete....

    You're going to be toast of Lebanon.
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    Congrats on the completion of the project...gorgeous! That last pic where Glenlivet is looking in your eyes is beautiful...our pups have such unconditional love for us, I always just hope I can live up to it with my own Fynlee.
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