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Hacking our DL1000

Hi everyone after a lot hack research and asking around......we finally decided to hack our 2007 V-Strom DL1000. So we happily would like announce that our hack project “MORCEGINHO” is on

Creator: C STANLEY MOTORSPORTS CORPORATION

The Project Components are going to be:
*CSM custom sidecar with modified body style to include lockable trunk door in 1/8" powder coated aluminum (color to be Yellow)
*Sidecar frame is going to be made of 1 3/4" x .120 wall round DOM tubing.
*Manual tilt adjustor
*Splined end swaybar
*Double sided swingarm
*Sidecar wheel to be a V-Strom rear wheel
*Front rack (powder coated red)
*Top box rack (powder coated red)
*Grab bar (powder coated red)
*5 gallon fluid container
*Tow hooks or rings (one front and one rear)
*Subframe for V-Strom DL1000

We would like to take this opportunity to tank Claude Stanley for all his help. He has been so helpful since we contact him for the first time, shooting him with a lot of questions about sidecars.

NOTE: We are new in the hack area and have just a bit of knowledge about the construction of this kind of piece of equipment, so having someone patient and willing to help has been great!!!! Claude is the right person to talk with about sidecars, he really knows about hacks and is willing to help people, like us with zero sidecar knowledge, to learn and understand better what is the best way to go when you are looking for a sidecar. Even if you have an idea and need help to create a custom hack, just draw it and he can make your ideas become real. This is the way we came up with the design of our sidecar, according to our needs for our future adventure.

Once the project is done, MORCEGINHO is going to be attached to MORCEGA (V-Strom DL1000). This two are going to be part of our trip to Central and South America starting, if everything goes well, November 2010.

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Hi , sounds great , I'll be watching with interest ,as I might be fitting a sidecar to my DL1000 in the next year or so .
Are you going to fit leading link front forks ?
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Yes Dodger, keep watching, we'll be keeping this thread updated till we get the final result. We are not planning to fit leading link front forks. According to Claude we may add a steering damper if the need arises. This is something that is an unknown until all is together, setup and adjusted. Most time they are not really required but only time will tell.


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Hi , sounds great , I'll be watching with interest ,as I might be fitting a sidecar to my DL1000 in the next year or so .
Are you going to fit leading link front forks ?
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Our paths may cross next year. You won't be too hard to miss. Can't wait to see pics of your project.
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Hey BlackBeast,
We are planning to leave Charleston SC by November 2010. When are you starting your trip? and what are you going to be riding? We really cannot wait to start our journey. Hope to see you on the road. Keep tuned!!!

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We are planning to leave Charleston SC by November 2010. When are you starting your trip? and what are you going to be riding? We really cannot wait to start our journey. Hope to see you on the road. Keep tuned!!!
The wife and I plan on leaving Vancouver Sept. 2010. We will both be on DR650's. It is really tough getting thru' a work day without wishing that we could just leave now.
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Talking Update

Here it is the first picture of our new hack.
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Having taken a DL1000 to the bottom of South America (great bike), I would suggest you pack a spare slave clutch cylinder. It is prone to contamination.

Mine gave out after 30,000 miles in Peru. Only major mechanical problem I had on the trip.

Have fun !!
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Having taken a DL1000 to the bottom of South America (great bike), I would suggest you pack a spare slave clutch cylinder. It is prone to contamination.

Mine gave out after 30,000 miles in Peru. Only major mechanical problem I had on the trip.

Have fun !!
Thanks for the piece of advice.....a slave clutch cylinder is already on my list of spare parts for the trip.
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Packing the rubber bellows dust cover with grease helps keep out the shyte and stops the shaft getting rusty which is what causes most of the problem,

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Ignore that last post as it doesn't apply to the clutch! It's the rear brake master cylinder I was gabbing on about...... I should engage brain..It's still a good idea for the brake cylinder, but.

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Thanks for the piece of advice.....a slave clutch cylinder is already on my list of spare parts for the trip.
You are a wiser man than I.

Also my only other major criticism of the Vstrom 1000, is it could have used a wee bit more clearance, say 2-3 additional inches.

This is most noticeable when it comes to Mexican topes and Guatemalan back-roads. Still after viciously bottoming the machine out a thousand times all that was destroyed was the center stand.
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Hack is going to be finished in about 2-3 weeks. We cannot wait to go and pick it up. 7 months to start our Explorando el Sur journey
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Love to see pics when you get a chance!

You must know John? The Vstrom guy that helped run the big Rapid Forum Vstrom board for so many years? John lives in Charlotte (or used to?

I met him years ago in Reno, NV at a big Vstrom event. In those days he pulled a very cool trailer with his Yellow Vstrom! John knows every nut and bolt on the Vstrom and is clued into all the good mods. He would be a great contact for technical back up while you're on the road.

I think he put an SV1000 motor in his Vstrom? That Rapid forum board is gone now, but still lots of good Vstrom info out there. (Stromtropper?)
I sold my DL1000 a few years ago. I miss it. Put 70K on it, not one problem.

The Strom should be a good Mule for a hack. I would try to go with much lower gearing. This will really help in slow going in Andes of S. America and save your clutch. And since you've still got that overdrive 6th gear, you'll never be revving too high! Stock the Vstrom revs just 5000 rpm and indicated 92 mph.

So 10% to 15% lower gearing would really help you and fuel economy will improve as well. Not sure where you can find bigger 525 rear sprockets, but I know smaller front ones are available, IIRC. Do both.

Have fun in the prep!
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We'll be adding some pics here as soon as we have the hack back home . It could take about 2 or three weeks till then, but you'll see them.

We could say John is our neighbor, he lives a couple of miles from our apartment in Charleston SC. He has been helping us a lot since we bought our DL1000 a year ago. John is the V-Strom master, as you said he knows this bikes really well!!! and he is really really nice, always willing to help us with all the questions we have about the V-Strom, and also he is going to donate some tires to the cause

We are planning to lower the gearing, but still do not know how much. We have been doing some research about it, and we have that 16/44 or 15/43 would do the job. We have now 16/44. This is going to be updated soon with recommendations from John and Claude Stanley (we cannot go wrong with the V-Strom master and the Sidecar Specialist, right?) Front and Rear 525 Sprockets can be purchased at Adventure MotoStuff LLC - Your Motorsport Adventure Outfitters - Home

We cannot wait to start riding south, we are almost there, 7 more moths and we will be on the road for a couple of years. Preparation is being expensive, but fun and worth it

Thanks a lot for your recommendations, and for taking the time to write here.

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Love to see pics when you get a chance!

You must know John? The Vstrom guy that helped run the big Rapid Forum Vstrom board for so many years? John lives in Charlotte (or used to?

I met him years ago in Reno, NV at a big Vstrom event. In those days he pulled a very cool trailer with his Yellow Vstrom! John knows every nut and bolt on the Vstrom and is clued into all the good mods. He would be a great contact for technical back up while you're on the road.

I think he put an SV1000 motor in his Vstrom? That Rapid forum board is gone now, but still lots of good Vstrom info out there. (Stromtropper?)
I sold my DL1000 a few years ago. I miss it. Put 70K on it, not one problem.

The Strom should be a good Mule for a hack. I would try to go with much lower gearing. This will really help in slow going in Andes of S. America and save your clutch. And since you've still got that overdrive 6th gear, you'll never be revving too high! Stock the Vstrom revs just 5000 rpm and indicated 92 mph.

So 10% to 15% lower gearing would really help you and fuel economy will improve as well. Not sure where you can find bigger 525 rear sprockets, but I know smaller front ones are available, IIRC. Do both.

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