Hannigan sidecar Questions

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by airheadDan, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. airheadDan

    airheadDan Adventurer

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    I am looking at a Hannigan Classic sidecar. Anyone have any opinions about these? From what little I have seen they look like good quality. The one thing I don't like about the classic is the 12" wheel wouldn't that limit tire choice? My thoghts would be to look for a Flying Brick to use as a tug. Low mileage ones seem to go fairly cheap. Would this make a good combination? I know that the classic is intended more for cruisers, but I realy don't like cruisers. Thanks for any input, Dan
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  2. Farmer1949

    Farmer1949 Out standing in his field

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    I have a Hannigan Classic...have mounted it on an 05 Harley Heritage and now have it on an 06 R1200GS...way nicer with more power! I would prefer the taller wheel of their Dual Sport (which is the classic with a taller wheel)...but since I got this one for $1,800 used a few years ago I can't complain. I have yet to hookup the brake on the sidecar, I may one day but I don't think you really need it. My wife absolutely loves the Hannigan....They seem well built and as Claude has said "have more creature comforts"...others with more experience will chime in I'm sure...I vote for the dual sport model,,,Good luck!
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  3. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I have one with a CLC. The sidecar wheel hasn't been an issue. Lot of room and creature comforts, cupholder, 12 volt outlet, vent, convertible top. Although my wife's helmet hits the top when it is installed unless she reclines the seat a bit.

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  4. airheadDan

    airheadDan Adventurer

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    Thanks for the input. I would prefer the Dual Sport, but I'm looking at a slightly used one, rather expensive @ $4000 asking price. Many extras including electric lean convertable top. $1800 sounds like it was a steal! I wonder if the larger wheel could be fitted to the classic without serious modifications.
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  5. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    If you do not care for the smaller wheel this can be modified. Please call me to discuss. There is a picture of one we did this way on our facebook pagei f you wish to take a look there. Page is called Freedom Sidecars.
    It is basically a Hannigan Dual Sport adapted to work.
    This combination is good in that if you were to decide to do a car tire conversion on the rear of your bike we can do a conversion on th sidecar that will use the same wheel and tire.
    Yes the Hannigan Classic type sidecars work very well on a lot of different bikes. You do not see many of these for sale on the used market and there is good reason for that. They are great sidecars. We sell a lot of Hannigan sidecars but these are by far the most common models we sell.
    Yes, we are a Hannigan Dealer and I have known Dave and RuthAnne for many years. Great folks.
    Please give me a call if you want to talk futher on this. Your plan is a good one.
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  6. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    If you can get one for 1800 do it! :D
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  7. skut48

    skut48 skutter

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    The 12 " wheel has not been a problem -great rig. However, I am considering changing the 4 bolt spindle to a 5 bolt so I can mount a 13 or 14 Centerline wheel. I have Stroker wheels on the tug .
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  8. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    This is the Conde Classic,very similar to the Classic with the fender molded in. I have no issues with the 12' wheel, and have been down a few gravel and dirt roads no problem. After all, the K is a street bike!
    $4k isn't bad as equipped, I paid $3.5 for mine, similarly equipped and 5 years old.
    Talk to Claude about the mounting brackets you will need for the brick.
    Oh, and you will need to upgrade the suspension, and etc., and etc., and etc..........
    Just so you're aware, your initial purchase price is just the beginning! :D
    That said, go for it! :deal :clap
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  9. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    These guys are right there is nothing wrong with the 12" wheel at all. I didn't mean to give that impression earlier.
    Facebook: FREEDOM SIDECARS
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  10. warkshop

    warkshop uncbob

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    :clapAwesome,comfortable body, big easily accessible trunk with a great seat and easy passenger in/out. Plus a nice plush ride. :huhDamned heavy though, i would recommend an old K100 as BMW 'Brick' mule of choice for this, a wee Brickett too puny. Or consider the everfesh Suzuki 1200 Bandit, full frame, great brakes, great power to weight ratio and cheap like borscht. I feel the lardiness of these units means you want much big power to drag. I know,,,folks get by with less but are also stressing the poo out of their bikes. My opinion.

    Don't forget, matching bike and sidecar is critical in this game. Saying "it's what i have!" is not a good reason to do a poor match.

    There is not one damn thing wrong with the 12 inch wheel. It is only aesthetics, get over it. Purdy is as purdy does!:rofl
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  11. airheadDan

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    Farmer1949 found his for $1800. The one I'm considering is listed at 4000! List price with the options would probably be over $5k so I am considering going to look at it and making an offer. The owner said he only put 2000 miles on it and I think he bought it new. I wish it wasn't 600 miles away, but t least it's south of here and it has got to be warmer there than it is here. -17 tonight!!! Dan
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  12. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I have a Hannigan DS, which is basically a lifted Classic, on my GSA. Love the combination for traveling with Barley. The high rim of the hinged clamshell keeps him planted when a critter is spotted, and while I don't like the looks of the ragtop it gives him much needed shade in summer crossings. I use a spoked 17" wheel on the tub because I like the look.

    A few shots from our VT to the Pacific trip last summer.

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  13. kshansen

    kshansen kshansen

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    Have a Classic on my 1992 1200 Sportster. Have been told it rides nice. Surprising amount of room in trunk even with tool box down at the bottom.

    Only question I would have is why is the zipper opening side window is on the right side of the car, away from the bike? Would be handy to have it on the bike side so passenger could hand things to the driver like toll money.
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  14. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Love to have one on my Vmax... But how is the "getting in/out" ?? Seems a little sporty! I am afraid the dogs will scratch the paint with the urgency they use when they want to ride!
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  15. Bobmws

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    Possibly, not sure at present.

    I covered the fender/entry area with clear protective film to save shoe & dog scuffs. also did the inside rim of the cover to protect from the dogs.
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  16. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    $1800 is a steal, $4k is a decent price as equipped. New is close to $7K! Look here.
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  17. KLR 650 guy

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    Hey Claude .. Is the freedom sidecars Fb page lives Middleburg Pen ..


    Sent to where ever I like .. Lol ....
    Mostly on IPad with tap talk ....
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  18. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Hello Ken. I jumped up and down about this window thing also. Guess what? The newer ones do have a zip window on both sides.
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  19. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    The classic family of Hannigan sidecars are quite easy to get in and out of .
    As far as scratching goes at the fender area This not that big of a problem with the classic, classic twin or dual sport models. However we do warn folks about this being an issue with the conte classic.
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  20. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Hey to you too :-) Not sure I understand the post. We are Freedom Sidecars on FB. If that is what you mean. :-)
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