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bokad 06-01-2012 08:20 PM

Why do you ride a sidecar?
It would be interesting to know people's different reasons for getting in to sidecars, why they ended up here.

Before I had one I didn't realize that they were still pretty common. Didn't know at all about their many uses.

I wanted to do long term travel with my GF. She insisted on greater comfort and more storage space (for clothes!) than what could be done two up on a two wheeler. I still get to be in the elements on a bike and she gets to carry a few pairs of shoes and more than one change of clothes. Win win!

How about you?

Leaf 06-01-2012 08:28 PM

I am building mine so that I can haul more tools, parts, and crap to work/sites without having to cry when I put fuel in my very elderly pickup, and so I can ride in the snow and stay vertical more of the time. Any fun it causes is an added benefit. :P

howell_jd 06-01-2012 08:32 PM

Indiana Jones
Obviously oversimplified answering "Indiana Jones" but the simplicity and serviceability of the Dnepr is really compelling. There is no doubt that a fair amount of effort is invested in maintaining the proper operational capability of a classic design but the fact that so much road-side work may be performed reasonably is reassuring. I enjoy working on my other vehicles too but the sidecar is plain FUN!

Woot woot!


P.S. My wife's father owned a Ural when she was growing up so the "notion" was also easy to translate into "reality."

kailuasurfer 06-01-2012 08:35 PM

Few reasons...
Wanted to continue riding with two little girls.
Wanted to carry lots of things.
Wanted to ride in snow.
Wanted to avoid putting my feet down at intersections.

Oldmanriding 06-01-2012 08:36 PM

My legs are partially paralyzed and sometimes I cannot lift my feet from the pegs. At least my Ural won't fall on me when I have to stop.:D

tugboat 06-01-2012 09:29 PM

Can't ride a regular bike any more, and I'm not done yet.

sandsman 06-02-2012 12:39 AM

Why I ride a hack ................well it all started like this. An accident at work that broke my leg.

Then the frigging doctor messed my leg up I got this.

Then the new doctor fixed it and I got this...................

And that is why I ride a sidecar rig now.........and I am retired now.........:jive

Billtr96sn 06-02-2012 12:44 AM

I made my own chair as I have arthritis in my hips, I could get on the bike (as a solo) and go for a ride, but I couldnt get off it, so the chair makes it all lovely.

Brendan J 06-02-2012 12:57 AM

Well I got one for a few reasons !!! Chicks like them :D They are harder to rider than a solo and it keeps some of more riding friends off it plus its a good challenge for me and still is very day:D and I plan on doing some long distance touring so its easier to take what I need and I done own a car.

UralNorm 06-02-2012 01:21 AM

I came across Urals and was curious. They were not available in Australia, but a local guy had decided to import them. The following year I was close to my nearest dealer, 1,500km from home, a saw my first Ural. Got to look and touch it. Six weeks later I was still on the east coast and had a second look. I buy bikes with my heart, and not my mind. Of course I just had to have the red Tourist. First ride was 10 days later when it wad mine, and I had over 2,000 km in front of me to ride it home. In the back of mind I thought I might not be riding it much once we made Adelaide. 30 months later we have travelled 63,000km and I've never enjoyed road travel so much. Buying this bike is one of my better decisions.

09 Ural Tourist
04 Bonneville America

3legs 06-02-2012 02:28 AM

Because solo riders are pussies:lol3:lol3:lol3

Brendan J 06-02-2012 03:07 AM


Originally Posted by 3legs (Post 18819668)
Because solo riders are pussies:lol3:lol3:lol3

+1 on that !!!!:D

NitroMax 06-02-2012 03:45 AM

Started riding a sidecar to not fall over anymore in the snow.
Liked it so much I now own 2 already :D

Daily commute is on solo K 75 but once in a while ( well,more and more often as a mater of fact ) I get bored riding solo and take one of the sidecars to work.

Boondox 06-02-2012 03:47 AM

Because it's the only way I can take him with me

Clancy 06-02-2012 03:50 AM


Originally Posted by 3legs (Post 18819668)
Because solo riders are pussies:lol3:lol3:lol3

But most of them ride more than you do :wink:



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