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Big Tom
Posted 10/9/2016 1:32 PM (#91005)
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http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/mcy/5808424880.html
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Al Olme
Posted 10/9/2016 5:33 PM (#91010 - in reply to #91005)
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I'm not in the market but I think it's interesting. ANY sidecar that is in rolling condition for less than $1,500 is interesting. Any set of Terraplane mounts for an Old Wing is interesting. Any sidecar rig in many markets in interesting.

Frankly, even if you aren't interested in it or don't want to see it, posting it here isn't hurting anything and someone may find it SO INTERESTING that they'll want to buy it. If I wanted a Terraplane, I'd be all over this.

One man's POS is another man's budget project.
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desertrefugee
Posted 10/11/2016 10:44 PM (#91062 - in reply to #91005)
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Wow. Always wanted a hack, but didn't have a zillion dollars to spend on an experiment. Logged onto this site after picking up a rig yesterday and this is one of the first threads I see. Why is that interesting?

Because the rig in the craigslist ad is the one I picked up. Something about another man's budget project.

As a complete newbie on sidecars and free of bias and preconceived notions, I can only say this. I have always admired sidecars in general - and find the lines and design of the Terraplane in particular very appealing. The car in the ad is in decent shape needing only a windscreen, a recovering of the seat and some spit and polish. The original paint will clean up nicely.

I essentially got the GL1000 for free, the way I see it. Being intimate with Goldwings, it's a bonus - and I kind of like the patina.

I run the roads with a '97 Valkyrie and do 200 mile radius runs on a very nice '78 GL1000 that I spent many quality hours with bringing it into the 21st century. I'd post photos, but it appears that I need to "season" a while before I'm allowed.

See you on the road, Mr. DRONE.
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SidehackRalf
Posted 10/12/2016 12:45 PM (#91080 - in reply to #91005)
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Good luck with your purchase. Great people hauler or to take your best friend along. Nothing wrong with a Terriplane and being a long time GW w/sidecar driver the bike is bullet-proof.

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Valkrider
Posted 10/12/2016 5:07 PM (#91083 - in reply to #91080)
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Yeah, have fun with the project. Bet you will have it looking great. .Unlike you I've been looking for a while and just can't bring myself to pull the trigger. Something about old age and feet of clay I suppose. Like you, I putter around on a Valkyrie.

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OldSchool_IsCool
Posted 10/12/2016 8:06 PM (#91086 - in reply to #91083)
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Keep at it. All it takes is time and money.

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desertrefugee
Posted 10/17/2016 6:31 PM (#91133 - in reply to #91005)
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The POS is actually not bad under all the grime and oxidation.

The project is so promising, that it has temporarily displaced the Westfalia in the garage. I was getting tired of running back and forth for tools.

The wing:
Carbs are off the 'wing, new belts are on. My friend does paint work. I can have decent paint on this bike for about $200 - although the current paint actually cleaned up nicely. The bike is very solid. Zero rust. I was going put this car on my own GL, but have changed direction.

The Terraplane:
Polished up nicely with just handwax. I plan to take my DA buffer to it soon. Windscreen is on order from bikescreen.com (Gustofsson). Sourcing Airheart brake components.

And I still think the look of the Terraplane is one of the best looking of the sidecars out there. (My opinion, of course).

I'll be into this thing for "budget" money which was exactly my goal. Not bad for an ugly duckling.



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DirtyDR
Posted 10/19/2016 10:35 AM (#91142 - in reply to #91005)
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Nice purchase. I have always liked the Terraplanes.

There is nothing wrong with a project, my GS rig started with a literal barn find CSC complete with chicken crap.





A little sweat equity can do wonders.

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Al Olme
Posted 10/19/2016 10:41 AM (#91143 - in reply to #91005)
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Dana,

I always liked that paint job.

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OldSchool_IsCool
Posted 10/19/2016 10:42 AM (#91144 - in reply to #91005)
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DirtyDR
Posted 10/19/2016 10:44 AM (#91145 - in reply to #91005)
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The best part of it Al is I did it on my deck with a HVLP gun. I used a good 2 part primer and BMW paint to match the bike.



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Lloyd
Posted 10/19/2016 6:13 PM (#91146 - in reply to #91005)
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Great find, your garage looks like you have enough experience for a project like this, looking good already, good luck with it.
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OldSchool_IsCool
Posted 10/19/2016 7:06 PM (#91147 - in reply to #91146)
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That buffed out real nice Desert!
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Al Olme
Posted 10/19/2016 7:55 PM (#91148 - in reply to #91145)
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It must be that clear high altitude air. If I did that it would look like used flypaper. I've got a black Armec Tremloa II that needs to be Mystic Red. I switched out the GT2 when I ran across this Armec...I've alway thought they were cool. Need a GT2?
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desertrefugee
Posted 10/19/2016 8:08 PM (#91150 - in reply to #91005)
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Thanks guys. I can tell you one thing. A big sidecar hugging the right side of a motorcycle introduces a whole new dimension to otherwise routine maintenance actions. (But, I guess you guys already knew that).

To wit: I'm doing the thing any "new" early four cylinder Goldwing owner should do - changing timing belts. Getting that right side timing cover off was no picnic. The cover was blocked by the front main sidecar frame mount - which required removing the unnecessary crash guard - which turned out to be necessary since it provides the front mount point for the floorboard. About half of the bolts were positioned such that there was, maybe, three degrees of swinging space. Took all of my allotted time last night, almost two hours, just to get that stinking cover off! Belts will be pretty anticlimactic after that.

Sheesh.

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Big Tom
Posted 10/19/2016 10:43 PM (#91151 - in reply to #91005)
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What happened to the post that said this was not an interesting find...? I went back to read it because it contained the text of the C/L ad and I find it's been deleted...
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desertrefugee
Posted 10/19/2016 10:51 PM (#91152 - in reply to #91151)
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I bought it! All the photos I've been posting are of the rig that was in the ad. It was mentioned as being a POS. Maybe. For a POS, it sure is growing on me.

Oh, I see. You mean the post by DRONE. Guess he decided it wasn't a POS after all.

Here's the text. I saved it:

"Hello All, many people are email me and ask a lot of questions , and give their opinion of what this bike is, I don't know ! its not my bike, I am trying to help a old man friend of mine get rid of it so he can get a little scooter to play on before he goes away... so if you like what you see come and get it. want a pic of some special part , let me know I can get that. Answers:
rear wheel unknown origin, front forks work well, still don't appear to leak engine trans and frame match title, NEVER WRECKED, drives straight and true, rear fender unknown origin you might have to replace the timing belts but they are so cheap and easy to get to?? who cares they are maybe 4 yrs old? seat is fair, shocks work? yes new front tire. yes that's a kickstarter , it stores under tank cover, shifter is custom to work over foot pad things, works well. Salvage because Bobs cycle sold it. sidecar alone worth 2 grand with a good windshield, and replacement only costs $150 the aluminum dividers and side windows are in the car
first image is 2 yrs. old rest are from today.
We have for sale a 1978 Goldwing 1000 with a Vetter sidecar . Looks factory install , sidecar in fair shape , black in color , never painted or repaired , has original comfortable seat, could use a new one . sides of windscreen missing . aluminum rails are there . original cover for sidecar( snap on ) included same size tire as front of motorcycle.
Honda Goldwing with extended pipes and a Harley rear fender big windscreen original seat . I tuned this bike last year for a friend, runs very well and trans good all belts good loud like a Harley and fast, side car needs to be oiled to be able to adjust on the fly, like a handle or something I just use 50 lbs water bag. to keep weight on that side. drives well. New front tire ( Honda mount and balance)and shock seals 9 mo. ago , now has sat for 6 months again, I was asked to tune it again but my friend just cant ride it, he is getting old , like all of us and needs something much smaller now.
3 months ago I found Honda 1000 carb bodies that are like new ( a rare find) and some more spare parts all will be included in sale.
this is truly a great bike. it Does need inspection? its 55$ at Broadway and I10 station
sidecar is black bike is green bike drives straight and shifts and handles well. "

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Big Tom
Posted 10/20/2016 9:07 AM (#91153 - in reply to #91005)
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"Oh, I see. You mean the post by DRONE. Guess he decided it wasn't a POS after all. "

Yeah that's the one... I wanted to reread it because I thought the ad said it had new belts. I see I was incorrect..

By the way, are you going to the VRCC BBQ in Prescott on Saturday?
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desertrefugee
Posted 10/20/2016 9:38 AM (#91154 - in reply to #91153)
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Yep! Going to Prescott Saturday. Riding with Sandy. Guaranteed I'll be the only Bumblebee Tourer at the gathering. (Honda never made one).

As to the belts on this old GL, the ad "said" they were newish. I chose the conservative route and changed them anyway.

I don't think they were newish, and it never hurts to freshen them up.

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Big Tom
Posted 10/20/2016 10:26 AM (#91155 - in reply to #91005)
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Kool. I'll see you in Prescott then..

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