Building a sidecar rig is a money pit and you will NEVER get back what you poured into building it. I opted to buy a used Ural Tourist as an introduction to sidecars. I suggest you look for a 07 or newer, play with it for a while and once you've made up your mind that you are indeed a sidecar kind of guy, you can upgrade. I rode my Ural for a full year before selling it for exactly what I paid for it! Sidecars have much more in common to solo motorcycles than wearing a helmet and protective gear. All of the controls are exactly the same as a solo bike, operating the clutch, throttle, front & rear brakes, and shifting is exactly the same. What is not the same is how they handle/steer. Sidecars are more like riding a quad on the pavement than a motorcycle. Don't be detoured by the safety freaks about needing classes or expect death or dismemberment if you don't take a class. While the classes wouldn't hurt, many many of us have gotten along just fine for tens of thousands of miles and years of enjoying sidecars without any specific training. There is plenty of information available out there for tips and techniques without having to take a class. That, along with solid judgement skills and some practice, driving a sidecar is easily mastered.