Sidecars- Lets see em.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by England-Kev, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    not to bash on the owner of this bike, but seriously. i think it kind of defeats the point of the mp3.

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  2. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I agree,but still kinda cool!!.


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  3. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Holy Mother!!! I want one!!!! :clap
  4. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I bet the chair doesn't fly as easy!
  5. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    I built this one for myself. 67 R90/2 with 40mm Bings, 5 speed and I built a rear drive conversion With a 500 series Steib.

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  6. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I like it. To me, one of the joys of the sidecar world is the thinking that goes into custom rigs. I love seeing something different and figure out how it all works together.
  7. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    no kidding. how do you figure the lean-out on this? is there even any?

    here'es the blog i stole the pic from
    http://vespalx150.blogspot.com/2011/03/piaggio-mp3-with-sidecar_16.html
  8. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    No idea. But I sure would like to poke around and ask the owner a few questions. There is more experimentation in the world of hacks than just about any other facet of motorcycling. Some are epic failures, but I admire those who push the envelope!
  9. Vince_WA

    Vince_WA Rides badly :)

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    1,000's of bikes at the 1st December 2012 Toy Run in Perth, Western Australia but I only saw about five rigs ....

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    .... And a Busmar Astral, I think ....
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  10. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    Fail. Four wheels makes it an automobile and not a motorcycle.
  11. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    yeah, could get sticky if anybody around checked this sort of thing around here.
  12. boxertwin

    boxertwin Long timer

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    Actually, three wheels makes it a tricycle that handles like crap. Ever ridden one? Maybe it works.
  13. grisezd

    grisezd Been here awhile

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    I'm not going to bag on the owner's choice of tug. For all I know s/he bought the MP3 hoping it would be more stable, found it not to be the case, then bolted on the car.

    The 2-4 wheel MC/Car thing goes by jurisdiction. I'll bet the rider gets a pass unless the law really wants a reason to hassle somebody.

    The MP3 actually handles very well. The front wheels lean parallel to eachother at speed and can be locked upright at a stop. If locked upright they unlock at a pre-set speed. So if you want, you can putt feet up through busy city traffic then ride like a MC when you get up to speed. Then, when time comes to stop quickly you have twice the grip of a standard cycle due to two braked wheels up front.

    That won't keep you from crashing, though, a colleague layed one down during a test of the parking brake when he (a shorter guy) overestimated the length of his legs and underestimated the slope of the test hill!

    That said, if the rider of this rig set his lean out when unlocked, then locked in, it might cause a lot of strain on the mechanism and some bad handling!
  14. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Hey,he/she is out RIDING !!!
    Nuff said !!!


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  15. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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  16. tony the tiger

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    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Tony!! :wave
  18. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    Roja! :wave

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  19. boxertwin

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    Who is that guy? I'm positive I've seen him somewhere before!

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  20. whitham_wannabe

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    We should start a "Where's Tony?" thread.

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