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claude 05-15-2012 03:53 PM

New body design from CSM?
 
These are pics of Watsonian Sidecars we mounted on late model triumphs.
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...SANY0305-1.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...intheair-1.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...peterson-1.jpg

This on is a Steib reproduction we mounted to a BMW CL.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...ocitycycle.jpg

We are really considering doing a CSM body style similar to these soon. The body would be made in 1/8" aluminum. Probably would have a larger trunk area and possibly a lockable glove box. Looking for feedback....Thoughts??

Melrone 05-16-2012 06:06 AM

Very nice..Its really nice to so though tubs coming back...Go for it..Like they say ...If you build it they will come...Nice job Claude...Bert

kshansen 05-16-2012 12:54 PM

I like the style. I would have put one on my short list if it was available when I got the Hannigan Classic for my Sportster.

Strong Bad 05-17-2012 07:50 AM

I've always liked the looks of the nose of Watsonian and Steib tubs. The Steib tub looks like it would be difficult to climb into.

YOUNZ 05-17-2012 08:19 AM

THE POPULATION IS OLDER. ESPECIALLY SIDECARISTS. WE NEED SOMETHING NOT TOO DIFFICULT TO ENTER AND GET SEATED! :wink:

Abenteuerfahrer 05-17-2012 09:14 AM

Really nice job Claude. Congradulations on a new addition to your designs.:clap

BeeMaa 05-17-2012 02:41 PM

I really like the looks of the one on the Triumph.
Nice job Claude.

Wingincamera 05-30-2012 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YOUNZ (Post 18707433)
THE POPULATION IS OLDER. ESPECIALLY SIDECARISTS. WE NEED SOMETHING NOT TOO DIFFICULT TO ENTER AND GET SEATED! :wink:

I like the looks of the Watsonian rig, but like the poster above said, it needs to be easy to get in and out of. For my wife that is why we purchased the Escort rig.

zenduddhist 05-30-2012 07:49 PM

I agree, Claude, it needs to be easy to get in and out...

Billtr96sn 05-31-2012 11:32 AM

Why make a new egg? Whats wrong with using Watsonian chairs?

kshansen 05-31-2012 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Billtr96sn (Post 18807466)
Why make a new egg? Whats wrong with using Watsonian chairs?

I'm guessing one big advantage is Claude's ability to custom build each one to work best with the tug and the operator. Sometimes it's easier to build from the start with the intended finished product in mind than to take a more or less off the shelf item then modify it to that purpose.

4PawsHacienda 06-01-2012 07:53 AM

Love the classic looks, modern conveniences too tempting to pass up. Trunk and glovebox become necessities once you get spoiled.

zenduddhist 06-01-2012 08:15 AM

Guinea Pig
 
Well, it looks like I am going to be Claude's guinea pig on his new style of sidecar. He is going to mount it on my 2010 Triumph Bonneville T-100. Hopefully, either Claude or myself will be able to add pictures as the sidecar develops.

Why did I choose to let Claude build one rather than buy a new Watsonian? I suppose it has to do with having a dedicated, master craftsman building a high quality sidecar rather than buying something "off the rack". Not that either one of those cars are inferior, but what a neat experience this could be! I had approached Claude with the idea of adding a Watsonian or Steib type sidecar to my bike, but I wasn't sure what exactly I wanted. He told me that he was thinking about designing a new style based on the Watsonian/Steib look. Wondered if I would be interested? Seemed like a great opportunity for the both of us...

It's pretty cool to be able to talk to the guy who is building your sidecar and having a small part in the design. I am very excited and Claude seems to be pretty excited about it also.

I am open to any questions, comments, suggestions, opinions, rants, jokes and harrassment...

Thanks,

Chris McCarthy
Upper Sandusky, OH

kailuasurfer 06-01-2012 09:42 AM

Chris, glad to hear that you decided to use your T-100 to attach a sidecar to. Claude is great to work with!

claude 06-01-2012 01:26 PM

Here are some various other sidecars with the same idea on the nose. Prior to the advent of fiberglass bodies becomong popular there were some creative sidecar body shapes done with little to no real compound curves.
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...r2002/misc.jpg


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