A couple months ago I was rear ended on the freeway and my car was totaled. It was only six months old and treated me well (manual Focus) but I have decided to take this opportunity to acquire a rig that allows me to ride year round in Michigan winters. I am on a tight budget ($2500) but I know I can do this. I have narrowed my options for a motorcycle to an 80's 250cc street legal dirtbike, or a ~600cc 80's jap bike with shaft drive (both can be aquired for less than $1k). My thoughts and questions on each: dirt bike + sidecar: - lighter weight allows for more maneuverability? - I can ride trails in the warm months - easier start in cold temps? 600cc shafter+ sidecar: - heavier weight is more stable and cuts through excess snow on road? - shaft drive is better protected from corrosion than chain/belt - easier to hack together with a sidecar? Thank you for your replies and suggestions! After deciding on a bike my next step will be seeing what the best options for a sidecar is. I only need a platform that connects to the frame with a third wheel, no passengers or crap to haul. If you have any insight on getting a cheapo third wheel, I would appreciate it!