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side cars

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by vito, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. iam looking at getting a new bike but maybe one with a side car so my son and wife can come riding and was wondering what people knew about sidecars ie cost,handling and general pain in the ass stuff with having a third wheel.

  2. http://www.premiersidecars.com.au/

    I was looking at this once for the same reason, so I could bring the family with me,but I couldn't weigh the cost with the amount of time I would use it.
    The main thing about a side car is on left turns with an empty car the car will lift sometimes depending on speed and bend.
    On acceleration the bike will steer a little left, when braking the bike will steer right a little.
    Depending rake and trail geometry the bike will be heavier to steer, a leading link would help.
    Fuel consumption will increase because of the extra weight, extra fuel tank might be needed.
    Modern bike frames are not designed to handle the weight of a side car but that can be worked around.
    Braking extra weight puts strain on the brakes, hand brake is a good option for a side car.
    Gearing might need to be changed so don't use a shaft drive extra cost.
    Thats all I can think of at the time.
    I hope that was a little help.
    personally I love side cars shame there aren't more around, and the one's that are are very old.
  3. yeah will be looking at looking at a immaculate late 80s early 90s big bore japper to put the sidecar on so strength should be okay,but if i win the lotto a harley will get the nod but for now thats the plan
  4. Vito For what it cost to fit a car on a jap cruiser you could almost get a Harley with car second hand. Side cars will de-value the bike dramaticly and make it hard to sell.
  5. Buy one already set up. It'll be cheaper, and someone else has already done the hard work.

    Go with a shaft drive bike. Guzzi or 2-valve BMWs (and K series) don't need re-gearing.

    Leading link FE makes it a LOT easier to ride. But any system that moves the front wheel forward (reducing trail) will have a similar effect.

    They don't countersteer (unless you lift the chair), so you will have to re-learn how to steer. (Plus you will learn what countersteering really is all about.) :)

    Sidecars are great fun, but not for everyone. I don't have one at the moment, but I'd love to have one again.

    Go to http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/ozsidecars and sign up to the mailing list.

    Or for something really different, why not a leaning sidecar??
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/flexitsidecarclub (also a mailing list)

    I know of a K series outfit for sale in Canberra if you are interested:
  6. Greenguzzi what Guzzi do you have as i ride a Guzzi myself.
  7. I have a Le Mans Mk II. It needs a bit of work.
    My wife rides an 850T (it once had a sidecar fitted.).
    My daughter rides a Guzzi Monza.

    What Guzzi do you ride?
  8. yeah have had a look on net and will just buy one done already either a bmw outfit or there are a few jap ones available for $5-$8 g time will tell