Why a Sidecar

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by redtails, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. redtails

    redtails Adventurer

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    I'm 58 and have been riding motorcycles most of my life, since I was 15. I'm really smitten with the 2014 Urals, my wife, not so much. She's only been a passenger since we met some 14 years ago and had absolutely no motorcycle experience before that. So she finds she really likes the motorcycle experience along with the "status" that goes with that. From her perspective, riding in the chair, she might as well be in a car.

    So I have three questions to the ADVrider (Hack owner) brain trust;
    1- Did your significant other change their mind once you brought home your rig and warm up to the charm?
    2- More importantly, what drew you to the three wheeled experience in the first place, the need for more hauling capability, more stability, camping, the charm/social aspect of the sidecar or something else?
    3- Do you continue to have a motorcycle and would never give up a bike that leans?

    Appreciate your thoughts! :D
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  2. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    1. My wife likes riding in the sidecar, not so much on the back of my bike.
    2. Always wanted a sidecar rig so I bought one. I'm turning 72 soon so I can do anything I want.:rofl
    3. Still have bikes that lean. Gonna keep them too.

    Life is short, do it.
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  3. ooweel

    ooweel Jobless, Its OK!

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    You and I are the same age. Always have had a motorcycle in the garage. I have owned 4 sidecars.Modern types with lean adjustments and Brakes too Old School.

    Per your questions, here are my answers:

    #1 Wife really kikes them. Allowed me take my kid's anywhere with me. Especially to school. Felt they were fun & safe mode of transportation.

    #2 I got into sidecars only because they intrigued me. They are not motorcycle's but I was OK with that knowledge, they are their own Beast!

    #3 I plan on owning motorcycle's and sidecar's right up to the day I die! If I cant ride them, I want my kid's to feel free to come ride them for me!
    Currently Motorcycles are BMW GSA and BMW/2, Current sidecar rigs BMW /2 with a Ural tub and just today rolled into my garage a really weirdo bike called an "Amazonas" to make another sidecar rig:clap

    # I suggest. Go find a test ride, also have someone take you for a ride in the chair of any rig. You will either like it or you wont. They have their own special attraction

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  4. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    1. I do not have an other, significant or other wise.

    2. I got tired of not being able to get the motorcycle up and down the driveway for 4 or 5 months out of the year so I bought the Ural for Winter commuting and I liked it so much I hacked my GS for those long Summer trips to far away places like the East coast.

    3. I still have 2 wheelers and can not see any reason to give those up.

    I am also 58 but I have had the Ural since 2006.
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  5. redtails

    redtails Adventurer

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    Yes, great answer! :thumb

    I did, had a view from the chair and I drove it as well. I was impressed but I wanted my wife to like it also. I'm hoping it grows on her.

    I too plan on owning a motorcyce of some sort until I die. "You don't stop riding because you get old, you get old because you stop riding."
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  6. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    Wife seldom rides on the back anymore but will take a jaunt in the sidecar now and then when I have one.

    I got my first one a few years back at age 54 wanting to explore every facet of motorcycling there is, was sorry I didn't get one sooner.


    They are two different animals: the hack is incredibly fun in it's own right and my two wheelers I couldn't live without for different reasons.
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  7. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    My wife has some back & hip problems, has never been able to sit on the bike for more than 1-2 hours without a break. Never made a long trip with me. When we got the hack added we took a 3 week, 3000 mile trip, had a great time. Now she wants to go more!
    Don't currently have a solo bike & I'm OK with that.
    Oh, just got my medicare card........:eek1
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  8. DJ1

    DJ1 Chopper Jockey

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    For respective, my bride and I are in our early 40's. I have been riding something or another for most of my life, she has been riding her own for about 10 years. After we put the first rig together, I knew I loved it, she drove it around a bit and loved it too, we took the STEP class together shortly afterwards, she drives it to school where she works when the weather is nice.
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  9. redtails

    redtails Adventurer

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    Wow, that is brilliant. :thumb I've never thought of that since I'm never a passenger.

    Unfortunately, my wife does not ride, she hardly even rides a bicycle, so her balance and confidence on two wheels is not there. She may be interested in "driving" the sidecar, but I do think once she gets the "no helmet in her way" perspective, she'll enjoy the the view from the chair!
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  10. notacop

    notacop Adventurer

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    I had a rig for 25 or so years. The wife liked it until her hip problems and surgery made it too difficult to deal with. We pulled a tent trailer, Kwik Kamp. We had a lot of fun with it.
    Once you get a rig to handle well, it's not a bad way to travel. Terrible gas mileage and wearing out parts though. Always some trade off.
    I just went tot he Brass Monkey Sidecar Rally at Mecca beach in Calif. It's on the Salton Sea near Palm Springs.
    Lots of rigs and trailers, old friends and crazy, fun people!:D
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  11. Poacher Bob

    Poacher Bob Persona non grata

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    1. Wife doesn't like being in the sidecar. Doesn't like being that close to the ground.:huh
    2. Always wanted a hack.
    3. Have other bikes but the Ural gets ridden the most..:deal
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  12. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    1- Did your significant other change their mind once you brought home your rig and warm up to the charm?

    My wife has some knee/hip issues. About an hour on the bike was enough. We've gone all day in the Ural, I don't think I can get her behind me again. Way more enjoyable for her.

    2- More importantly, what drew you to the three wheeled experience in the first place, the need for more hauling capability, more stability, camping, the charm/social aspect of the sidecar or something else?

    I had been seeing the things at rallys and got intrigued with them. Had to own one to know if it was for me. And perhaps planning ahead for when I wouldn't be able to hold up a 'real' bike.

    3- Do you continue to have a motorcycle and would never give up a bike that leans?

    I think I have another 20 years or so of two wheelers (aren't there lots of guys in their 80's riding?).
    Jim
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  13. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Why?
    Cause they're a blast to drive. I switched after 40 years of 2 wheelers...never a regret. Whether your wife will like it tomorrow or still next year is beyond the depth of my crystal ball. Only you and her can guess at that.
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  14. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    So I have three questions to the ADVrider (Hack owner) brain trust;
    1- Q. Did your significant other change their mind once you brought home your rig and warm up to the charm?
    A. The wife was reluctant at first but warmed up to it after a bit... loves it now. Nice to be able to look over at each other, add comm sets = perfect.
    2- Q. More importantly, what drew you to the three wheeled experience in the first place, the need for more hauling capability, more stability, camping, the charm/social aspect of the sidecar or something else?
    A. All of the above plus medical issue. Hard to argue the increased practicality of a rig... nice to be able to carry more stuff.
    3- Q. Do you continue to have a motorcycle and would never give up a bike that leans?
    A. Still enjoy riding 2 wheels.

    Appreciate your thoughts! :D[/QUOTE]
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  15. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    I am 58 too and lost a big part of my right arm use 4 years ago. My wife ride (XLCR, SL350, CB450, Fazer, Norton 400, XT225) but always wants to be behind me on bike vacations...
    I can't ride two up big bikes anymore so we first bought a Can Am RT (on our 2nd now) and a Ural as it was not deemed safe for me to keep on riding in the dirt,
    She likes short one day ride in the tub... But so far she stopped at that... I've been negotiating for an Alaska trip but to no avail: Can am 2 up or Ural+XT225....
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  16. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    SWMBO doesn't ride solo.
    SWMBO's a fair bit shorter than Strong Bad and says she gets bored staring at the back of my helmet.
    SWMBO likes the view much better from the sidecar.
    SWMBO happy, Strong Bad happy.
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  17. ChuckS

    ChuckS Adventurer Wannabe

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  18. biggdan

    biggdan Adventurer

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    Im 29... merely a baby amongst you guys..
    i bought a sidecar because i wanted one. My lads will enjoy it and when i dont want the car attatched... ill have a bike!
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  19. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    Have had many BMW's, first was a '76 R90S new. Shortly after (a few years) added, amongst the others, a R60/2 with a Ural hack. Great fun.

    In 2010 had Claude build an "adventure" tub for my R1200GS.
    Does all I want:

    1. Now when camping, I can take everything. I have even carried my
    Honda 2000 genet a few times. With a hack you are much more stable
    when riding the remote and rough trails/roads.

    2. Winter riding is not an issue- Snow, Rain, slick leavesÂ… aint like you're
    gonna fall over!

    3. I have property in both CA and PA and have blasted across a few times
    on just the rig (sometimes I tow it); as for slabing, the rig is fast and
    stable. Usually cruise around 70MPH. Have seen a "century" and still
    tracks true and stable.

    [​IMG]
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  20. SwampFox883R

    SwampFox883R Been here awhile

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    Longing for a sidecar rig for years just because I liked the idea, I used a new rescue puppy for an excuse to put the Sportster rig together back in '08 to train the dog to ride.

    As for wives/SO's, be careful: Some like 'em well enough they want their own rig within a year -- even if she never had an interest in piloting a two-wheeler:

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    As for 2-wheels, I sold my R850R street bike as I rarely rode it, preferring travel on the GS/CSM rig. But I keep the KLX250 to explore back roads with my non-sidecaring buddies.
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