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Yesterday I changed out the Dunlop Sidecar tire after Smitty pointed out to me this past Tuesdayu that the cord was showing and went with a Michelin Commander II. So far the Michelin feels pretty good after putting more air in the tire to increase the air pressure to 28 psi. The Dunlop tire wore out after just 2000 miles. Hopefully the Commander II's will last a bit longer. I'm waiting on a couple of used 15 inch motorcycle rims I purchased on line to see if they might work with the sidecar. One of the rims comes with a tire on it at a somewhat cheap price. The Progressive 430 (heavy duty) shocks I bought for the 750 where actually a smother ride than my stock shocks.

I want to thank Smitty for coming to my place of work for our Harley Davidson day and giving rides in his sidecar for the residents and staff. Good Times!
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Yesterday I changed out the Dunlop Sidecar tire after Smitty pointed out to me this past Tuesdayu that the cord was showing and went with a Michelin Commander II. So far the Michelin feels pretty good after putting more air in the tire to increase the air pressure to 28 psi. The Dunlap tire wore out after just 2000 miles. Hopefully the Commander II's will last a bit longer. I'm waiting on a couple of used 15 inch motorcycle rims I purchased on line to see if they might work with the sidecar. One of the rims comes with a tire on it at a somewhat cheap price. The Progressive 430 (heavy duty) shocks I bought for the 750 where actually a smother ride than my stock shocks.

I want to thank Smitty for coming to my place of work for our Harley Davidson day and giving rides in his sidecar for the residents and staff. Good Times!



That tire is a cheap foreign version. As for the air pressure you will need to watch the tire and adjust as it gives you hints to wear. Watch the tread pattern when you roll form dust to hard clean surface it can give you a good indication of how the tire is tracking.
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Yesterday, the used Suzuki LS650 rear wheel with Dunlop tire was sitting at my door. It measures 15 X 2.75 and has Dunlop tire 140/80-15. The tire looks almost brand new. This wheel is a chromed spoke hub and is in good condition. I picked up an inexpensive digital caliper to measure the inner size of the Spoke wheel (05 Suzuki LS650 Savage) and Mag wheel (13 Hyosung GV250 Aquila) bearings. The Hyosung mag wheel is 15 X 3 and the Suzuki Spoke wheel is 15 X 2.75. Both rear wheels are drum brake setups and measure 7 inches across on both drums. The inner measurement of the wheel bearing for both wheels was 16.5mm with the digital caliper. Smitty, I'll be bringing both wheels to your place tomorrow to see if one or the other will work or both for the Velorex side car.
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Yesterday, the used Suzuki LS650 rear wheel with Dunlop tire was sitting at my door. It measures 15 X 2.75 and has Dunlop tire 140/80-15. The tire looks almost brand new. This wheel is a chromed spoke hub and is in good condition. I picked up an inexpensive digital caliper to measure the inner size of the Spoke wheel (05 Suzuki LS650 Savage) and Mag wheel (13 Hyosung GV250 Aquila) bearings. The Hyosung mag wheel is 15 X 3 and the Suzuki Spoke wheel is 15 X 2.75. Both rear wheels are drum brake setups and measure 7 inches across on both drums. The inner measurement of the wheel bearing for both wheels was 16.5mm with the digital caliper. Smitty, I'll be bringing both wheels to your place tomorrow to see if one or the other will work or both for the Velorex side car.

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Solo750 and I have found a mission. We decided to go from 16 wheel to 15 inch HD Street wheel. The reason is so we can run a car tire on the sidecar.
Step one was cutting the Hub down on a stock 750 Street wheel , done,
Step two was cutting alxe mount out of swing arm and make a new sleeve and bush to go from 20mm to 25mm Done
While waiting one the axle to get here used a wood dowel to check every thing and it will be good to go soon as Axel arrives.\
Using mine to make the parts and do all the fitting . Then we put those parts on Solo750's rig an made copies for mine. This is the kind of stuff that made ride fun for many years.



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The HD 25mm axle came in yesterday . Will pick it up at 0900 figure out the spacer to hold wheel off swing arm and cut it to length. One last look at the fit then weld everything in place. Solo750 and I are will be doing two Rigs this way. Once mine is done all the parts will come off and go on his rig. He rides his everyday. My 750 rig is a second rig and is not used as much. Getting his done would be more important.
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The Sidecar now has a 750 Street 15 inch rear wheel on it. Solo750 and I cut a fitted axle today. We made several test rides all went well. Pictures will be coming.


Fitted the axle and welded what needed welding today. Test road the heck out of . Took it off rad tried to break it. It works. Pictures to follow.

As of now the sidecar has a factory motorcycle tire on it. Will be ordering the car tire for it. next step will be check the fit to the bike . I am sure a little adjustment will be needed.

Mounting a sidecar on a 750 Street started off as A wonder if it would work . It did, then it was assumed it would really only be for short back road rides for Payton.

That proved wrong. The rig preformed well and with a few adjustment it was doing just fine at highway speeds. And at times it has operated well above legal speeds.

The Rig attracted the attention of another that wanted to do the same thing. The education process of helping him figure out what he was getting into formed a friendship.

His rig works well and he is enjoying it. The desire to make things better has driven us to a car tire on the motorcycle of both rigs , that has worked very well . The next logical step was to increase sidecar tire life. Why not use the same car tire as the rear of the bike ? The reason was simple no 16 wheels that would fit and except a car tire. Most were to narrow. To work right the wheel need to be a 15 inch. Seemed the stock 750 Street wheel would be prefect if the hub was not so wide. You see the results, cut it down. Of course we had no way of knowing if it would work. The factory Sidecar axle was a 20mm and way to short. The answers after some research prove to be using a 25MM that would fit the HD bearings. That led us to cutting a factory HD Street 750 axle to the length we need. While it took some cutting , making new bushing and welding.

The work was surprisingly easy.

The next step is making a hub to cover the axle bolt. We have some ideas that should look like it belongs that way.

Street 750 factory tire is a 140/75R15. The car tire we found to be a prefect replacement on the Wheel is a 155/60R15. The 155/60R15 is a Smart Car tire. Speed and weight ratings are just right for the rig.

Step outside the box. Even if you run into some road blocks. The challenge of doing something different is well worth the rewards.

Not this year but maybe next project for a 750 Street Trike it and stick a wide Glide front end on it. And the answer is no I don't do drugs, just a mind that is wired different.

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Hey Smitty, thanks for all the detailed pictures and information. I'm mounting mine up this weekend.
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