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Old 03-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Question Is my bike powerful enough?

Thinking of putting a chair on my old bike but not sure whether it will be powerful enough or is even a suitable bike to start with. There are old 350cc Jawas, CZ's and MZ's which seem to cope. The bike in question is a 87 Honda CB350 sg. Should i bother? Any advice welcome.

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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depends on what kind of riding you want to do. There are numerous 250's out there with sidecars that are having fun.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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I love to see small bikes with side cars so I say go for it. My bike has an xs400 motor in it. I have not put many miles on it but so far it seems to get the job done. I don't need to get where I'm goin very fast. Please post some pictures if you decide to do it. Good luck.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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Like Claude says, lots of small rigs out there. Matter of fact there's even detailed build plans in the Files section of the Yahoo Sidecar message board for a Honda 175 outfit! Check it out, might give you inspiration.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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I had a kz 650 on my rig for 2 seasons, it was fine on back roads but struggled at highway speeds. I'm a pretty big guy, but if your not too heavey and plan on mostly secondary roads you'll be fine.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:00 AM   #6
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A Ural sidecar would be a bit heavy for a 250-300cc rig but a lighter sidecar or even a moto-x type frame-only hack would work well on a small bike.

A hack is always an anchor for the bike, but when the sidecar weighs nearly as much as the bike, all the usual hack quirks become more pronounced.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:19 PM   #7
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A Ural sidecar is a bit heavy for a Ural
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #8
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Ok thanks for the tips. Don't expect the bike to be a 100mph rocket but then slowly crawling up steep hills aint much fun either!
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #9
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It all depends on your planned usage. If you plan to make long journey's on the freeway/motorway the 350 is the wrong choice. But for running around town or in the countryside it is enough.
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