Why a Sidecar

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

  1. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    1. Young solo rider with motorcycle keen wife
    2. Solo superbike, or raise a family ? Can stay with motorcycling via sidecar !
    3. Raise family and extend horizons, friendships for all of us (we 2 plus 2 offspring).
    4. Continue our take on a life as part of motorcycling for 43 unbroken years.
    5. 2 sidecar outfits continue to keep the wheels turning.
    6. To be continued.......
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  2. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    Wow that is a nice looking rig. Love the side louvers. Very clean design



    I don't have a rig yet, but am working on one. The wife has ridden her own since she was 16 now is 34. We have 2 kids and all of a sudden she is nervous and doesn't really enjoy riding with a kid on back. So I'm looking at sidecars to haul both kids so the wife can have fun doing something she loves. Then when I want to go out and take the kids I can even if she cannot take off work.

    For me I love agressive off-road on a big bike, I'm timid though with my kid. I believe with a hack I can take my kids to some very cool places I have seen with out worry. Places like Black Bear, Imogene, engineer, and stony pass. I love the mountain views and riding them early summer while there is still lots of snow. I just bet the kids will too. I am bumping 40 and want to kids to have fun with pops. By the way my oldest is only 9
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  3. redtails

    redtails Adventurer

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    Um, okay you win for the best "win-over-of-significant-other" ! :happay

    Interesting that most have chosen to keep their two wheeled steeds as well, I see that for me. I grew up riding and its just who I am.

    I have three bikes in my garage now, so the Ural would be my fourth. And ever since I started mentioning getting a sidecar, my motorcycling buddies have attempted to try to talk me out of it. I was sort of surprised. I'm thinking, why didn't they try to talk me out of getting that Ducati!? :huh
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  4. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    1- Yup. She'd been behind me on 2 wheels for 25 years.

    2- I wasn't looking but used to scan CL a few times a day. I saw a nice Ural that was cheap and owned it an hour later. I'd never been on a rig or even sat in a sidecar. Neither of us had idea how many things we do, use it for, or the thousands of miles we'd put on them.

    3-YES! I would never consider replacing 2 wheels for three. That is like replacing a bike with a snowmobile. Two very different things.
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  5. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Right on... hacks > Goldwingers :lol3
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  6. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    Turning 58 myself in a month and will add my 2 cents- a rig is a wonderful couples machine.

    There is no comparing the passenger comfort, although a fully farkled Gold Wing might be close, and my wife can see the views, not the back of my helmet.

    Different riding experience so having a solo 2 wheel as an alternate is nice, but I rarely use the XT now except off road.
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  7. redtails

    redtails Adventurer

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    So, did she have reservations about sitting in the chair or was she open to going side by side?

    Wow, you have my utmost admiration! I wish I was this spontaneous, maybe I just need to follow your example and DO IT!

    Good answer! :thumb
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  8. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    Yep- happy wifey equals happy lifey!
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  9. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    1- Surprisingly no. I figured that she would say that I finally went too far. The first Ural was a '96 in Army green with red Russian stars. Maybe it was the two Army trucks ('68 M-37, '68 Mog) that I brought home in years past that broke her into the mindset of never being surprised what shows up.

    2- Good deals wait for no man. Being ready to jump into something new can be fun. OTOH my father used to like reading about his next car purchase for years before buying. I like my way better.

    3- I am a motorcyclist before a hack pilot.
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  10. SwampFox883R

    SwampFox883R Been here awhile

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    Here's a variation of the same theme -- same rig I referenced in the other thread discussing which tug for an adv rig:

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    I've "turned the corner" and have become a hack pilot before a motorcyclist. I really enjoy sidecars, and sidecar enthusiasts are an interesting bunch :evil. As much as I enjoy travel & exploring on our sidecar rigs, don't overlook a Jeep for back-country exploring with children. Don't procrastinate too much - 9 can turn into 19 very quickly. As I was advised once: Go make some memories.
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  11. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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  12. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    I like having a skill that is a bit hard to get, and that now many people have. Being able to drive a sidecar outfit fast is a real rewarding skill.
    I built mine in 1982 and other solo bikes have come and gone, and for long periods the outfit has been my only running transportation.
    I just think sidecar driving is the best part of motorcycle sport.
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  13. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    Having abused my body road racing, followed up with 15 years of dirt I had a choice - replace hip or quit the dirt. I choose to quit the dirt and just do touring. All along I was looking and drewling over dirt bikes. Having had a Ural Tourist, it was a short leap of reasoning to jump to a Gear-Up to have dirt fun again.

    So for me, the hack is a way back to a form of riding I always loved but was forced to drop.

    :clap
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