Is my bike powerful enough?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by cannedham250, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. cannedham250

    cannedham250 .

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    Thinking of putting a chair on my old bike but not sure whether it will be powerful enough or is even a suitable bike to start with. There are old 350cc Jawas, CZ's and MZ's which seem to cope. The bike in question is a 87 Honda CB350 sg. Should i bother? Any advice welcome.

    Thanks
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  2. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    depends on what kind of riding you want to do. There are numerous 250's out there with sidecars that are having fun.
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  3. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    I love to see small bikes with side cars so I say go for it. My bike has an xs400 motor in it. I have not put many miles on it but so far it seems to get the job done. I don't need to get where I'm goin very fast. Please post some pictures if you decide to do it. Good luck.
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  4. XL-erate

    XL-erate Been here awhile

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    Like Claude says, lots of small rigs out there. Matter of fact there's even detailed build plans in the Files section of the Yahoo Sidecar message board for a Honda 175 outfit! Check it out, might give you inspiration.
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  5. newenglandjim

    newenglandjim Adventurer

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    I had a kz 650 on my rig for 2 seasons, it was fine on back roads but struggled at highway speeds. I'm a pretty big guy, but if your not too heavey and plan on mostly secondary roads you'll be fine.
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  6. BinDerSmokDat

    BinDerSmokDat Been here awhile

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    A Ural sidecar would be a bit heavy for a 250-300cc rig but a lighter sidecar or even a moto-x type frame-only hack would work well on a small bike.

    A hack is always an anchor for the bike, but when the sidecar weighs nearly as much as the bike, all the usual hack quirks become more pronounced.
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  7. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    A Ural sidecar is a bit heavy for a Ural :lol3
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  8. cannedham250

    cannedham250 .

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    Ok thanks for the tips. Don't expect the bike to be a 100mph rocket but then slowly crawling up steep hills aint much fun either!
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  9. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    It all depends on your planned usage. If you plan to make long journey's on the freeway/motorway the 350 is the wrong choice. But for running around town or in the countryside it is enough.
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