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post #1 of 13 Old 08-27-2014, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for sidecar for 2009 KLR 650

Anyone have any good recommendations for a hack for my 2009 KLR?? Looking for something strong enough to put a dog + camping gear into and something that can take the odd pothole (live in the Yukon). So far I have been looking at DMC and Velorex sidecars. Not worried about being able to do 75mph down the interstate. Oh ya, MUST look wicked!
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-27-2014, 07:03 PM
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http://www.cycleracks.com

CYCLERACK!

Rack will haul out a moose quarter! Well, ELK quarter, anyway.

Lifetime guarantee.

Pannier and top case (soft) set sold separately.

Have Cycleracks on both my KLR650 and KLR250; luggage moves seamlessly from bike to bike.

Based upon your requirements, I'd recommend a Cyclerack for you.

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The website's changed; previously, pictures of different Cycleracks were shown on Generation 1 and Generation 2 KLR650s, as I recall; looks like only a Generation 1 is shown now. If you decide to go this route, I'd recommend a telephone call to Cycleracks to make sure they have an application for your bike.

Here's what a Generation 1 installation looks like:


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I love my Cyclerack, but it isn't quite what he has in mind. We had a hack guy on for a while, but I don't remember what he used.

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Hey, there is a guy who has a pic of his 2013 with a sidecar rigged for his dog. Its not a full hack like a DMC or Velorex. (unknown what make), but you can at least get an idea. His pic is posted under "Show off your bike". Hopes this helps.
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Hey, there is a guy who has a pic of his 2013 with a sidecar rigged for his dog. Its not a full hack like a DMC or Velorex. (unknown what make), but you can at least get an idea. His pic is posted under "Show off your bike". Hopes this helps.
I think this is the thread you were referring to? It is a sweet looking unit!


http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...ht=klr+sidecar

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There was also another guy here called Adventure Sidecar.

You can see some pictures of his units in this thread. There may be others. Use the search tool.

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=8605

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Oh, HACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dang, gotta get some eyeglasses, or a seeing-eye computer screen reader!

Funny you should ask; just got back from a 2000-mile ride of the southern Appalachians with a couple of KLRistas; one on a Generation 2, and one riding THIS:



Photo credit: Rig owner, and another forum whose link ends in ".net."

Not that this rig is indestructible, but it has been over some very gnarly terrain; completed the Shenandoah 500 several times.

If you're interested, I'll ask further about the origin of the sidecar. I think it was manufactured in Oregon; Pacific northwest, anyway.

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This outfit is in Washington state; could be we're looking at the "Enduro" model, shown here:

http://www.dmcsidecars.com/sidecars/enduro/

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Funny you should ask; just got back from a 2000-mile ride of the southern Appalachians with a couple of KLRistas; one on a Generation 2, and one riding THIS:
I'm anxiously waiting for the trip report.

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I'm anxiously waiting for the trip report.
Maybe, sometime after I get my self-serving prevarications and exaggerations sorted out, klr4evr!

Just skimming the itinerary: Back of the Dragon (VA 16; Tazewell to Marion), Tail of the Dragon (everyone knows where THAT is), Helen, GA (famous for its, "Bat Out Of" ride), Asheville, NC (where we spent a day at Cogent Dynamics, where a rebuilt MOAB shock was fitted to the hack), Maggie Valley, NC (where we visited Wheels Through Time Museum), Blue Ridge Parkway (with a stop at Mt. Mitchell, highest point in NC), and on and on.

One thing: After this trip, I must wonder at those who ask whether a KLR650 can maintain sustained road speed of around 75 mph. Let me tell you, that stock-engine hack can, and did!
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Hey, YukonPete
That hack I mentioned that irtmks has is possibly an Enduro from DMC, which he modified for his dog. I think it runs approx. $3,700.00 new. Just for info.
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