Learning the Ropes
- Dec 5, 2013
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I posted these in the Terraplane sub-forum, but it has a few other Vetter goodies as well:
I actually have a sidecar rig now. It's an old Soviet Union Military Dnepr MT-11 sidecar motorcycle. It's great for local riding but it's slow, as all military vehicles are. The manual says 100Km is top speed but that's only for a very short time as that's the engines red line. They don't last very long driving them wide open all the time. Realistic top speed is 45Mph or 72Kph. I got it for half the value of the sidecar and frame because the engine was stuck after sitting 29 years in a barn. After I got it home I put a 50 50 mix of acetone and transmission fluid in the spark plug holes and let it sit overnight. The next day just a little pressure on the kick start lever freed up the engine. I got it sort of running on the left cylinder a few hours later. The right cylinder had zero compression because someone at the factory did not bother to tighten down the nuts that hold the head on. Anyway, I took the entire motorcycle apart and put it back together again correctly. It's a fun hack but I've been thinking seriously of buying a Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor and a Cozy sidecar because it comes with an attachment kit designed for that bike. It'll be much faster and lighter than the battle tank of a motorcycle the Dnepr is. People keep asking if I want to sell it and I may just say yes if their willing to pay enough for me to buy a Royal Enfield 650 and matching cozy sidecar.Yeah, i drove 2 hours each way to look at this one. With a rented trailer in tow. You might say i was a motivated buyer by the time i laid eyes on it. $1400 IIRC. In retrospect not a bad deal. I assume you have seen the ones for sale on sidecar.com and the terraplane.io email list. None very near you. Well, lots of folks have lots of fun with non-Vetter sidecar rigs. I'm betting you'll have no regrets with a Cozy.