Sidecars on newer scooters -- options?

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  1. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    I've been intrigued recently with scooters (thanks mostly to this forum), and especially sidecar-equipped scooters for around town stuff. In my casual research, I keep seeing examples of Cozy sidecars on Stellas and Bajajs. I love the classic look, but am curious if there are other options. :ear

    Anyone have pics of sidecars mounted up to Piaggios or new Vespas (LX150, ET4, etc.) or even a Honda hack? I'm most interested in something in the 150cc range, prefer automatic/CVT transmission and it's gotta be a 4-stroker (which sadly rules out the Stella).

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  2. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    There is a guy here in Nashville with a Texas Sidecar on his Silverwing. He carries his Golder Retreviers around in it, and they love it!

    That said, I can't see why almost any scooter of sufficient displacement (and I'll leave that up to you and your particular application to decide) couldn't be fitted with a sidecar. Check out Texas Sidecars ( www.texassidecars.com/ )and also Autobahn Craftwerks ( www.autobahn-craftwerks.com/ ). They both have quite a bit of experience doing this.
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  3. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    Wow John™, thanks for the quick reply -- and the links. This is what makes this forum so great. Anyone else?
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  4. UberXY

    UberXY Patent Pending

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    I talked to a hardcore Vespa rider yesterday, and he says the ticket with the new Vespas is the Cozy. The new fuel injected Vespa 250 ought to be able to haul a sidecar, no problem. I'm thinking about one of these rigs to run errands in town.

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    BonneRocker Been here awhile

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  6. Scrat_hack

    Scrat_hack Scooterhack rider

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    If it's for around town, I'd suggest one of the smaller scooters with sidecar. The Silverwing with sidecar (what I ride) is going to set you back $9-12K depending on if you find a good price for a new/used SW and the sidecar you choose. IMO, something as big as a Silverwing hack is for long hauls. I take mine on x-country rides and stow camping stuff for weekend trips to the mountains. Also, if you go with a sidecar, you are placing yourself in a smaller network of riders. They are the coolest thing to hit the block; I'll never go back to two wheels; but you will have issues that only a smaller enclave of riders will understand.

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  7. Jonniedee

    Jonniedee Been here awhile

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    Sounds good but check out a Burgman 650 for a rig base before you plunk down big $$$ on a SW. Burgman has a true seperate swing arm / frame configuration without the motor hanging out back (ie more like a motorcycle).:wink:
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    Gary Stofer Been here awhile

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  9. Scrat_hack

    Scrat_hack Scooterhack rider

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    Holeee crap! THAT'S A STEAL! That looks like the Ranger model sidecar (same as on mine). Just the sidecar (plus paint match and installation) comes close to $6000.
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