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Old 09-20-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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Arright youse aussies

I have found that during the 20th century there were at least 13 companies in Australia manufacturing sidecars.
So...who's going to write the book? Where can I find photos and historical articles?
Come on, out with it~! show some pride!
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:38 PM   #3
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:43 PM   #4
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Actually I recently stumbled across a thread (on another forum) written over the last few years by the fellow who started 'Sweet Sidecars' in the US after returning from 'Nam'.... It was a bloody good read... And still is... He's retired, but still alive and posting and occasionally building a sidecar or five...

Thin pickings about this joint though... As you've found....

Edit: this Thread by Johnny Sweet:

http://sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/thr...d=9193&start=1

It's not relevant to Aussie Sidecars, in any way, just a good read, if you're interested.
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Old 09-21-2014, 06:21 PM   #5
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so the beer there is greeat but

the English and Yanks can write hundreds of books about their motorcycling heritage, and the Australian sidecar history remains befogged????
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so the beer there is greeat but

the English and Yanks can write hundreds of books about their motorcycling heritage, and the Australian sidecar history remains befogged????
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the English and Yanks can write hundreds of books about their motorcycling heritage, and the Australian sidecar history remains befogged????
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the English and Yanks can write hundreds of books about their motorcycling heritage, and the Australian sidecar history remains befogged????



Does your computer stutter ?


There are those who claim that Australians are an apathetic bunch, but, the reality is that we just don't give a damn.



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There are those who claim that Australians are an apathetic bunch, but, the reality is that we just don't give a damn.



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ap·a·thet·ic
ˌapəˈTHetik/
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adjective: apathetic

showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
synonyms: uninterested, indifferent, unconcerned, unmoved, uninvolved, disinterested, unemotional, emotionless, dispassionate, lukewarm, unmotivated, halfhearted;

Is there any difference ? As the Mule mentioned we Yanks go on forever about our motorcycle heritage what's it come too ? HD and that borders on nationalism, not really giving a damn seems like an improvement.
In MN where I live a couple of rounders convinced the state and lot's of folks to give them money to get an Excelsior Henderson labeled machine back too market, the rounders built a museum ( monument to themselves) before they sold any bikes.WTF
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:45 PM   #9
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I have found that during the 20th century there were at least 13 companies in Australia manufacturing sidecars.
So...who's going to write the book? Where can I find photos and historical articles?
Come on, out with it~! show some pride!
I have thought about doing a book regarding the history of sidecars in Australia numerous times, but it would require a lot of input from some members on here and one hell of a lot of others that don't grace this forum.
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ap·a·thet·ic
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adjective: apathetic

showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
synonyms: uninterested, indifferent, unconcerned, unmoved, uninvolved, disinterested, unemotional, emotionless, dispassionate, lukewarm, unmotivated, halfhearted;

Is there any difference ?


Maybe. Maybe not. I couldn't be arsed trying to work it out



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As the Mule mentioned we Yanks go on forever about our motorcycle heritage what's it come too ? HD and that borders on nationalism, not really giving a damn seems like an improvement.
In MN where I live a couple of rounders convinced the state and lot's of folks to give them money to get an Excelsior Henderson labeled machine back too market, the rounders built a museum ( monument to themselves) before they sold any bikes.WTF



If one was to cast one's mind back to the early twentieth century here in Australia, you'll find a country that was still very isolated.

Immigration of peoples, cargo of all manner, even the mail that brought news from distant family and friends, all came via ships. Sure there was the overland telegraph for the relaying of messages. This isolation led to a somewhat uniquely Australian attitude which in some circles still pervades the mindset of a select group to this day. In short, if you want something you'll need to build it yourself.

Which brings us to the point of this thread. The amount of bicycle, car, motorcycle, and as a by product, sidecar manufacturers at that period in history is larger than some would imagine. It is for this reason, the sheer volume of research, that for those who have conceived of just such a tomb, have stood back and looked upon the task and said "that's a serious amount of time better spent fishing and drinking beer, so fuck that shit"



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Old 09-21-2014, 09:56 PM   #11
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As usual

As usual this man is on the money. A shame this country is still not self sufficient in its thinking.
Mind you a lot of our manufacturing efforts would make interesting reading.
But it would take a collective effort from a large number of people and the pool of 1st hand knowledge is no doubt diminishing rapidly.
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If one was to cast one's mind back to the early twentieth century here in Australia, you'll find a country that was still very isolated.

Immigration of peoples, cargo of all manner, even the mail that brought news from distant family and friends, all came via ships. Sure there was the overland telegraph for the relaying of messages. This isolation led to a somewhat uniquely Australian attitude which in some circles still pervades the mindset of a select group to this day. In short, if you want something you'll need to build it yourself.

Which brings us to the point of this thread. The amount of bicycle, car, motorcycle, and as a by product, sidecar manufacturers at that period in history is larger than some would imagine. It is for this reason, the sheer volume of research, that for those who have conceived of just such a tomb, have stood back and looked upon the task and said "that's a serious amount of time better spent fishing and drinking beer, so fuck that shit"



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Old 09-22-2014, 09:32 AM   #12
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I have a book on the history of Gulding sidecars, They started in Australia and moved to the USA, Of course this was a very long time ago. BUT, it is a book about Australian sidecars.
We get many requests from Australia and came out with our Expedition sidecar in left side mount and have shipped a few to Australia, we also have other sidecars coming out in left side mount.
We also sell mounts for left side sidecars, I am working on learning how all of the different Australian sidecars attached. It will take a while as there were a lot of different sidecars made.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:39 PM   #13
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As usual this man is on the money. A shame this country is still not self sufficient in its thinking.
Mind you a lot of our manufacturing efforts would make interesting reading.
But it would take a collective effort from a large number of people and the pool of 1st hand knowledge is no doubt diminishing rapidly.
Cheers.





If one was to cast one's mind back to the early twentieth century here in Australia, you'll find a country that was still very isolated.

Immigration of peoples, cargo of all manner, even the mail that brought news from distant family and friends, all came via ships. Sure there was the overland telegraph for the relaying of messages. This isolation led to a somewhat uniquely Australian attitude which in some circles still pervades the mindset of a select group to this day. In short, if you want something you'll need to build it yourself.

Which brings us to the point of this thread. The amount of bicycle, car, motorcycle, and as a by product, sidecar manufacturers at that period in history is larger than some would imagine. It is for this reason, the sheer volume of research, that for those who have conceived of just such a tomb, have stood back and looked upon the task and said "that's a serious amount of time better spent fishing and drinking beer, so fuck that shit"



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And you missed one thing Bruce. "Fuck it. Let's go for a ride"

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Old 09-26-2014, 12:55 AM   #14
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And you missed one thing Bruce. "Fuck it. Let's go for a ride"

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