Motorcycle News - Sidecar: A classic cocktail from Kingston Custom
This showstopping R80 from the Gelsenkirchen workshop is the sidecar rig we didn’t know we wanted, until now. It’s not just another cool Kingston boxer—there’s just as much style in the sidecar itself.
Dirk managed to source a BMW R80/7 that already had a Ural sidecar attached. It seemed like the perfect platform to start with—but in the end, most of it ended up in the bin.
“It needed to be similar to the Kingston BMW café racer and bobber. And it had to work not only as a sidecar combo, but also as a beach cruiser—with the perfect mount for a surfboard.”
The new fuel tank is modeled on the mystery classic Yamaha tank that Dirk normally favors for these builds. And the finned taillight (made with a BMW exhaust flange) is another Kingston catalog part.
He also swapped out the final drive and rear wheel for those from a R80G/S, leaving him with an 18” spoked rear wheel and shorter gear ratios for more abrupt acceleration. And he’s replaced the rear shock with a YSS unit at the OEM length.
As for the sidecar, Dirk kept the Ural frame—but threw its heavy steel body in the bin. “I was searching for something small and light,” he says, “and found one [from a Moto Guzzi T3] which was perfect for my project.”
Dirk massaged and rebuilt the sidecar body using aluminum, until he was one hundred percent happy with its lines. He even built an original ‘torpedo wing’ nose cone into the front of it. Inside is fresh upholstery, done in a brown quilted pattern to match the pilot’s seat.
Dirk’s seen to the little details too. In the cockpit, you’ll find a set of low-rise bars, a new throttle and grips, basic switches and a small, tucked away speedo. The tires are a mix of classic Metzler ME33 and ME77 treads.
Building a sidecar rig is a mammoth task on its own. But building one as gorgeous and cohesive as this? That takes real talent.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
May 11, 2018 at 12:06PM