How old is the average Sidecarist?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by RedDawnPcola, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. RedDawnPcola

    RedDawnPcola Adventurer

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    I've been driving my hack around lately.. and I keep getting shit from my friends who ride two wheelers. They say there for old men. I personally find driving a hack a lot more fun. I have nothing against older guys most the people who have helped me on here are older than me and have way more wisdom and experience than I do. I'm just curious as to the age of most the sidecarist on here. I'll start it with 25.
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  2. bokad

    bokad Difficult Child

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    32 and I think I'm lower than the average. I think higher price and lower performance are what deter most younger people from hacks. Also when you are younger, hot this minute cool is more important than retro cool.
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  3. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    You should just tell them......
    A sidecar takes more skill and effort to ride well, and separates the men from the boys. :evil

    I sure wish I knew about them when I was 25 and single, a puppy in a sidecar draws women like bees to a flower. :deal
    Youth is wasted on the young. :deal
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  4. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars

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    I'm 52 going on 21. Most sidecar owners that I know of are 40 plus with an average probably closer to 50. As to your mates just tell them that any sidecar rider can ride a solo but not every solo rider can ride a sidecar. That usually puts them in their place.

    Hopefully when they try to prove you wrong they will finally realise why you now ride outfits and they will turn to the darkside.

    3legs
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  5. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    38 here and I think I am a youngster in the bunch. Joined to get my wife back in the wind and found hacks to be a hoot. Once you go hack you don't go back.
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  6. smelick

    smelick Once you hack...

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    I'd say the problem is with your friends not with your age. Any true motocyclist dosen't give a crap about what you ride nor would a true friend. I can ALLWAYS tell a true motorcyclist (especially the the wannabe Harley owners) You see I also owned a Vespa with a sidecar - '64 GS 160. I also own a Cushman with one too. Your wannabe motorcyclist who has maturity or self identity issues will poke fun at this. The true motorcyclist always asks how much cash I'll take for them :wink: seriously who the hell cares what you ride and how old you are?

    -Scott
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  7. kshansen

    kshansen kshansen

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    Come on, there must be some others here north of six-o like me! My main sidecar tug is 20 years old.
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  8. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Hmmm...it may have better to ask what the average age of a sidecar rider is rather than how old is the average sidecar rider as I doubt any of us could be called average in any way,shape or form. :D

    I`m 45 now but I got my first combo when I was 22.
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  9. Billtr96sn

    Billtr96sn Flange Furtler

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    I'm 51, my newest bike is 28 this year. Recently put a chair on one so I can keep on riding (Health issues and mobility problems).

    I have always been intrigued by outfits and was nearly born in a sidecar, the tug was a Norton 16H and by the time my Dad got to the hospital the exhaust pipe and part of the cylinder head were glowing red.
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  10. dochstader

    dochstader Adventurer

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    67 years young - the hack gets used during the off season - otherwise, my other rides take precedence.
    Off to Baja next week - 10-day 2000 mi. trail ride on trails gleaned from Google Earth on my Honda 450 X.
    Then the racing season, on my new KTM 300 XC
    Life is good!
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  11. val. h.

    val. h. On the wrong planet

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    I'll be half way there this year. Only recently got my first outfit, but I've been interested since my early twenties. Allways had a hankering for a two wheel drive Ural. Unfortunatley hacks on the right are not allowed in the UK so that makes that one difficult. I finaly picked up a BM R80 with a chair, which will do just fine for now.



    Val.
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  12. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    They are.....as long as first registered here or elsewhere prior to 1981.
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  13. AeroEngineer

    AeroEngineer Been here awhile

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  14. alixsidecarbmw

    alixsidecarbmw Highland Adventurer

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    51 here...:freaky

    Suzuki Bandit 12 w/Motorvation F II
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  15. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    I'm 26 now and hope to have a hack before I'm 27. I've come close to pulling the trigger a couple times but I just haven't found the right one yet.
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  16. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    56 in April and I suppose when I get old and weak I'll have to stick to the 2 wheelers since they are so much easier to ride.
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  17. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    I'm 63 and my airhead is an 82 R100RT. But I only started riding 2 years ago at 61. Started with a 650 Dakar, put over 10,000 miles on it in under two years. Blew out my rotator cuff. Tried an 1150RT during that time. Great bike, but we never bonded. Then got my hack in Sept. Finally got it running and put my first 25 miles on it yesterday. Whooiiee! It's snowing again, so may have to wait a couple days before getting out to add more miles to the odo.

    Would like to find a nice used dr400 to play on once the shoulder heals.....
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  18. Mr.Mellow's WildRide

    Mr.Mellow's WildRide Been here awhile

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    I'll be 63 this month......after having my '94 Honda Shadow gathering dust in the garage for three years because of a serious illness, I went and sprung for a Velorex 562 in October so I could still ride.

    I'm just disabled, not dead yet.

    Seeing the bike and sidecar waiting for the snow to clear just makes me smile............:evil

    Got signed up here long before I had a sidecar and my "handle" comes from the fact that my 2 1/2 year-old Welsh Terrierist, Mr. Mellow, will be my major passenger.

    Spring can't come soon enough.
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  19. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    56 going on 16.
    I've been riding since I was 13 or so....got into BMW's about 16 years ago. The newest bike I've ever owned is a 1982 solo R65 which I still ride.
    5 years ago I bought a long forgotten "sun burned" BMW R90 with sidecar off craigslist for $1200.00 . Hooked the chair to a /5 I had on a whim.
    My wife loved it and so did I after getting a feel for it.
    Later the planets aligned and I found another "purpose built" wrecked / derelict R100S tug and a derelict R90/6 which were the foundation for building a ground up sidecar specific tug. The "Rat'tle Trap has been a labor of love for the past 3 years.:D
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  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Last year at the Bigfoot sidecar rally up in BC,I won the trophy for the youngest sidecar driver!!!.
    I was 48 years old!!!!!!!.
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