Saturday, 24 December 2016

The XS Triple Sidecar - finishing the subframe and lots of other small things...

... hardly anyone will notice.

Let's start off with the subframe. With all the mounts and clamps in the right places, it was about time to plug the ends. Originally I wanted to turn up some plugs on the lathe, but in the end I decided that it would be quicker and easier to just weld the ends shut.

Next were some touch ups on the frame, where I had to remove a bolt.

For the very first time I tried a paint-system, which was two-pack, but in normal spray cans. Now I am by no means a talented painter of sorts, but the results are pretty impressive. (As are the paint fumes...)

The last thing I wanted to address, was a "little" issue I noticed during my first test-ride: The rubber dampers of the bar mounts were completely shot, as in torn and completely mushy. Therefore I turned them up from some POM-barstock I had lying around, with the result that the steering is now nice and direct. (Probably one of those mods, which would also make sense on a bike without a sidecar!)

One of those priceless, middle-of-the-night freehand sketches...

And once run outside of the workshop the bike's sounds quite reasonable and not as obnoxiously loud.

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