Velorex 562 on a 650 Yamaha V-Star?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Cerviperus, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Cerviperus

    Cerviperus '12 Bagger Wing

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    I'm currently shopping around at sidecars. Since my son was born a few years ago, my riding has dropped to pretty much zero. He's getting to the point now where he's interested in my bike when I do get to ride, and he's gotten a couple rides on it around the neighborhood. It's an 1800 Goldwing, so it will be a while until he's big enough to ride it properly.

    So mom has given me the go ahead to look into a sidecar, and fortunately for me, she's open to two options:
    1. Add a sidecar to the Goldwing.
    2. Buy a second bike/sidecar combo.
    If it means I get to put miles on a bike again, I'm open to either. I've missed an opportunity to pick up a properly fitted sidecar (off of other 1800's) twice now, so I've been looking a little more at option 2. That would actually keep me from having to hack my one and only ride.

    I may have the opportunity to pick up a 650 Yamaha V-Star from a buddy of mine, and I've always wanted another once since I sold the 2003 I had some years ago. My question is, has anyone mated one of the Velorex 562 sidecars to one of them using Velorex's own hardware? As someone who has never driven a sidecar rig (I have a buddy that put thousands of miles on his BMW/Hannigan 2-seater rig), would the 650+Velorex be a decent combination?

    I'm not looking for a rig to cross the country on. I have my Goldwing for that, and if the kid is involved (at least for a few more years), I'm sure 4 wheels will be involved. I just want something to cruise around back roads with the wife & kid on the weekend, and ride back and forth to work so I can pick him up at the sitter's. If he ends up really enjoying it, it's possible a larger rig would be in the cards down the road.

    So what say you?
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  2. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    maybe a 2 seater sidecar for the Wing so wife and kiddo can both go?

    otherwise I would look for a rig with a Sidecar on it already, your money usually goes furthest this way.

    Lot's of folks who add a sidecar rig to the stable will quickly see dust collecting on their solo rides.

    The Velorex' are pretty light duty and personally I wouldn't run one without beefing it up some.
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  3. Cerviperus

    Cerviperus '12 Bagger Wing

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    Those are both still options. Like most intelligent people, sidecars seem to avoid Illinois. Finding 'local' options has so far been pretty limited. If I lived closer to any of the coasts it seems I'd have lots more to choose from. I've just regretted selling my 650 V-Star pretty much since the day I sold it, and thought this might be a way to kill two birds with one stone so to speak. Should another attractive option show up in the meantime, I won't turn it down.
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  4. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    Hannigan Sidecars is in Kentucky and they have dealers all over

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  5. O'Hooligan

    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    This 650 was my pooch hauler, was happy rolling along at 50-55
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  6. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    If you want something that you can use anywhere I would go with a bike bigger than a 650. I have two set ups one a Honda VT1100T, solo bike & a 95 BMW R100RT with a Kenna sidecar. The sidecar rig is a 1000cc with 60 hp, and I have installed a lower geared rear end, to help out with the lower hp. The 60 hp is about the minimum in my view if you want to travel at 65-70 on the highway, in good reasonably flat conditions. You will likely find more rigs that you could attach to the wing and various outfits make mounts for the wing. Also if you are looking at the wife coming along ( not sure if on the bike or in the car ) you will want a heavier car than a Velorex. I agree with finding a bike already converted with a properly installed side car, much cheaper, but then again if you can find an orphan car that came off a goldwing ( it likely has the mounts ) would be about the cheapest way to go.

    I find that the sidecar rig gets more miles on it than the solo bike, and the only real reason I've kept the solo bike is that the wife likes to ride on it and doesn't want me to sell it. Have fun looking and don't be in a hurry, lots of good rigs out there for sale.
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  7. Cerviperus

    Cerviperus '12 Bagger Wing

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    I've not only talked with Hannigan, but the two sidecars I've missed out on were Hannigan models. Cost-wise though (new price-wise), I can get the Yamaha & a new Velorex for less than the cost of the big Hannigan car.

    I can see the sidecar getting more miles put on it, especially right now. I just don't like the idea of having my only bike hacked (I realize they can come off and on, but let's be honest, I'd rather spend time riding than wrenching), and I'd almost never be running slab anyway. And I'm in central IL, so it's all flat regardless! If I can catch a great deal on a big car for the Goldwing, happy day. And I watch ADV & the sidecar forums (not to mention CL and eBay) daily. I've just always said if I hack the Wing, I figure I'll want a 2nd bike anyway for the days I'm solo. Perhaps that won't prove to be the case. Just trying to weigh my options financially as well.
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  8. FR700

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  9. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    We have proper bike specific mounts for the V star (and your Goldwing) my office managers personal bike is a 650 V star with one of our Kenna sidecars on it. Best bang for the buck in a sidecar for the V star would be the Sputnik we offer $3495 with the proper bike specific mounts. A disk brake can be had for $650
    If it were me, I would go with a two seat sidecar on the GL and start taking the family on the kind of trips the GL was meant for.
    Let me know if we can be of help.
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  10. leejosepho

    leejosepho Sure, I can do that!

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    Take a look at my avatar pic and a few other pics near the end of this thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/classic-wheels-for-my-power-chair.711538/

    The price will be right if you are interested and can either come pick it up or pay the shipping from near Shreveport, LA. The rig runs well, handles well and is in decent condition overall, but my own overall condition now dictates I bring my riding days to a close.

    edit: This might be a shipping option if you can handle a total cost (rig and shipping) of around $3500.00: http://haulbikes.com/ship-bike-sidecar/
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