Three wheeler - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
VN750 General Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-15-2007, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Eggnog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northeastern Pa
Posts: 176
iTrader: (0)
 
Three wheeler

Today I found out that kaw was offering a 750 with a side car modeled from an old russian bike .What do you guys know about it??? It has two wheel drive on demand.This is real interesting to me.I have not had the time to investigate it.What say Ye????
Eggnog is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-15-2007, 10:48 PM
Member
 
gumshoe4's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 71
iTrader: (0)
 
I don't know about Kawasaki offering such a bike, but Ural, a Russian moto manufacturer, has been selling its 750 sidecar two-wheel drive rigs here in the US for some time. They're modeled after OLD BMW R71s. Pretty nice and simple rigs, but slow and with a top speed of about 65 mph. Also has a reverse gear to allow you to back it out of parking spots. They also make a more conventional sidecar rig with one-wheel drive called the Tourist. The Ural website can be found at imz-ural.com

You can also fit sidecars to more conventional motors, including the VN750. I'm very interested in sidecar rigs and would very much like to get a new Harley or Ural sidecar rig, but can't afford any of that right now. Since my VN750 is bought and paid for, I'll eventually put a sidecar on it, probably an Escort. Why? Because sidecar rigs are very cool and lots of fun...

Bob

Bob
VROC #24344

2005 VN750
PF3
CorTech bags
gumshoe4 is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Eggnog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northeastern Pa
Posts: 176
iTrader: (0)
 
Thanks gumshoe my dealer has two of these machines for sale.I am told one is 9 grand thats the single wheel drive and 10 grand for the two wheel drive.I sure would like to drive one real curious about the handling.Think I will ask to drive it.Ya never know
Eggnog is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 11:24 AM
Search Goddess
 
Dianna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Conway, AR
Posts: 1,998
iTrader: (2)
     
Let me know on that since I ride a 750 with a sidecar.
I have seen royal enfields at the kawasaki dealer, but the ural or dneper are the only ones I know of that offer two wheel drive.
BTW.. $10,000 for a two wheel drive ural is high.
Ummmmm.. there is also a Chinese model CHANGJIANG 750

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Super...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMWR7...QQcmdZViewItem

Dianna
Conway, AR
Patriot Guard Rider
2000 VN750 Sere (Serendipity)
1990 GL1500 (Ole Blue)
1986 VN750 EVie (project bike, heavy custom)
VROC # 11628 / 25000-H
ARVROC # 12 Coordinator and Crowd Control
OKVROC # 18 (H)
TNVROC # 45 (H)
Dianna is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 07:06 PM
Geek
 
rnewell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 872
iTrader: (0)
 
Be careful with the URAL's. A friend of mine had one and it broke every other day. Spent more time in the shop than on the rode. And it was brand new.

Ron from Jersey
2005 VN750
HellFire windshield
Kaw extended backrest
Cobra exhaust
Re-located stator wires
Side bags
15,000 Miles July/2012
It's PAID OFF ! May 2009
rnewell is offline  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 07:08 PM
Member
 
gumshoe4's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 71
iTrader: (0)
 
Hi, Dianna...I'm not sure from your post, but it appears that you're already sidehacking with a VN750 as the power unit. I'd be interested in knowing what type of sidecar you're using with the VN750 and whether you've located a custom mounting kit for the bike. I know of one company, Texas Sidecar, that carries a custom mounting kit for the VN750.

With regard to the $10K price Eggnog is citing, probably depends on where you're located. Here in Sacramento, CA, the closest URAL dealer is in Modesto, about 90 miles away. Price for the 2007 Patrol 2WD is $10,299 and for the Tourist (1WD), the least expensive of the URAL sidecar rigs, is $9295. The most expensive URAL rig is the military-style Gear Up, which is listed at $11,295...

Would sure like to know if anyone else here is running a sidecar rig using the VN750 as the power unit...anyone??

Bob

Bob
VROC #24344

2005 VN750
PF3
CorTech bags
gumshoe4 is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 07:12 PM
Member
 
gumshoe4's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 71
iTrader: (0)
 
One other thing...the ChiangJiangs are all used Peoples' Liberation Army motor sidecar rigs which are rebuilt by various small firms in China (to what quality standards I'm not sure) and shipped and sold here as used bikes. They are not new, like the Urals, because, at least in CA, they are not required to meet air pollution standards...I have not seen a CJ, but I suspect they're not of the same quality as the Urals and certainly do not have the same level of customer support...On the other hand, you can get solo bikes or sidecar rigs and they're pretty simple to maintain if you're handy with a wrench and hammer....

Bob

Bob
VROC #24344

2005 VN750
PF3
CorTech bags
gumshoe4 is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 09:40 PM
Search Goddess
 
Dianna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Conway, AR
Posts: 1,998
iTrader: (2)
     
Quote:
Originally Posted by gumshoe4 View Post
Hi, Dianna...I'm not sure from your post, but it appears that you're already sidehacking with a VN750 as the power unit. I'd be interested in knowing what type of sidecar you're using with the VN750 and whether you've located a custom mounting kit for the bike. I know of one company, Texas Sidecar, that carries a custom mounting kit for the VN750.

With regard to the $10K price Eggnog is citing, probably depends on where you're located. Here in Sacramento, CA, the closest URAL dealer is in Modesto, about 90 miles away. Price for the 2007 Patrol 2WD is $10,299 and for the Tourist (1WD), the least expensive of the URAL sidecar rigs, is $9295. The most expensive URAL rig is the military-style Gear Up, which is listed at $11,295...

Would sure like to know if anyone else here is running a sidecar rig using the VN750 as the power unit...anyone??

Bob
I have a Velorex Model 700 sidecar on my VN750. Velorex comes with a universal mounting system. Needless to say I have the mount points for anyone looking to add a Velorex. I also swapped out the sidecar wheel for a VN750 wheel. Older models have the same 15mm axle and I didn't want the spoked wheel. Kinda nice having all the wheels match too. I'm running the sidecar with a three degree rake added to my triple trees, the heavier clutch springs and dupong krytox for my final drive spline lube. No brake on the sidecar. It's light enough where I don't really feel a need to tie into my brakes for it.
Click image for larger version

Name:	SereShow.jpg
Views:	35
Size:	28.4 KB
ID:	465

Click image for larger version

Name:	SereShow1.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	38.5 KB
ID:	466

Click image for larger version

Name:	SereShow2.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	41.3 KB
ID:	467

Dianna
Conway, AR
Patriot Guard Rider
2000 VN750 Sere (Serendipity)
1990 GL1500 (Ole Blue)
1986 VN750 EVie (project bike, heavy custom)
VROC # 11628 / 25000-H
ARVROC # 12 Coordinator and Crowd Control
OKVROC # 18 (H)
TNVROC # 45 (H)
Dianna is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2007, 11:31 PM
Member
 
gumshoe4's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 71
iTrader: (0)
 
Very nice looking rig, Dianna...also like your fairing on the bike and wonder what brand and model it is?

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I'd be very interested in knowing the mount points for the Velorex sidecar...it's one of the sidecars I've been considering. I was a little worried about the universal mounts, because the plumbing and electrical lines are a little thick around the downtubes, but it appears that you've found a way around them. Did you have the triple tree custom built with the three-degree rake, or is there a source for such triple trees? What was your experience in ease of steering the rig after you added the rake?

Any information you can provide about your installation would be greatly appreciated. You've done a fine job and have a really nice hack rig there!!

Bob

Bob
VROC #24344

2005 VN750
PF3
CorTech bags
gumshoe4 is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2007, 11:57 PM
Search Goddess
 
Dianna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Conway, AR
Posts: 1,998
iTrader: (2)
     
The fairing and hardbags are part of the Tour Pac Package made by Kawasaki for a limited time. I pieced it together from ebay.
The triple trees were sent up to Canada to a place called Steerite and they added the 3 degree rake.
When we got it back and installed, it was like adding power steering to the rig!
We had some problems mounting the bike until I happened to see another Velorex mounted to a VN750 and noticed the attachments were much shorter than mine. I had bought the sidecar used and the previous owner had tried mounting it to a Goldwing. I went back to Velorex USA and ordered replacements for two of the mounts to bring me back to the universal ones and it aligns and stays in alignment a lot easier now.
Going from the 16" spoked wheel to the 19" VN750 wheel on the sidecar also seems to help in the car being leveler.
With the longer mounts and smaller wheel we had added a subframe. We could take that off after we got the universal mounts.
You won't be able to put an engine guard on and mounting any type of highway pegs is gonna be tough with the sidecar. Luckily I picked up the Fire and Steel floorboards so that helps with moving my feet around.
I sold the engine guard I had on it. I figured I sure didn't need it with the sidecar. If I go over, the guard isn't gonna help one bit!
I'd be happy to take pictures of my mount points if you need them. Also having one of those laser levelers to shoot a beam across the floor for alignment makes getting the toe-in a piece of cake.
Oh yeah.. I also added progressive fork springs which helps especially when I'm braking and I added a super brace to the forks.
It's been three years now with a sidecar and I have enjoyed every mile! (or.. every 22,000 miles I've put on it!)

Dianna
Conway, AR
Patriot Guard Rider
2000 VN750 Sere (Serendipity)
1990 GL1500 (Ole Blue)
1986 VN750 EVie (project bike, heavy custom)
VROC # 11628 / 25000-H
ARVROC # 12 Coordinator and Crowd Control
OKVROC # 18 (H)
TNVROC # 45 (H)
Dianna is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome