Why do you ride a sidecar?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by bokad, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. jpalamar

    jpalamar Long timer

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    I'll open by saying that I'm a relatively new hack owner/rider having been in the game just a bit over a year. I still ride my two-wheelers but seems less and less, tho' not severely so.

    To me my hack is my most beautiful bike. I can't think that anyone could have done a better job on my Adv GS than Jay and the folks at DMC. It's eye candy to me and while I'm a fair amount over 70 years old at 72 in Dec. young girls seem to like it best as I can't tell you how many hoots and hollers they give it. The BMW roundel continues to confound most men.

    On a fun scale, 1-10, it's a solid 10. Also, I find myself less apt to ride aggressively on it, but daresay I've lightened the front wheel now and then on takeoffs.

    At the risk of being obvious, any thoughts of hauling stuff or going shopping, the hack takes all of the worry out of whether you took the right vehicle.

    But then again, this is a hack forum: preaching to the choir, huh?
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  2. maquette

    maquette Been here awhile

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    Easy question to answer. :D


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  3. RockyMtnRoadRash

    RockyMtnRoadRash Useful and decorative

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    I'd never have been able to haul that snowblower home on my 2 wheeler.
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  4. Motomensch

    Motomensch Adventurer

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    I ride/drive sidecars because due to a back injury, my sciatic nerve in left leg is dead and the leg is partially paralyzed. Tried riding an old Triumph that shifted on right but putting the left one down didn't feel secure and I didn't want to wind up under the tank, also the kick-starting was awkward with no strength in left leg to hold up bike while jumping on starter. I will be selling the 1970 Triumph Daytona, 500cc dual carb with rebuilt motor (new pistons and cylinders, valve job, etc.), if you're interested. Also because riding/driving is part of my life!
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  5. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    This is one of the reasons (as much as I like shifting gears) I like what's happening with these dual clutch transmissions on bikes. In auto mode they really do function as automatic transmissions with push button override at your finger tips. How well suited for sidecar rigs, and a Godsend for those with disabilities! Honda offers this (in Europe only!?) on the new NC700, and VFR1200 too... suspect the next Goldwing will have that option too. Wish I could afford to buy new!
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  6. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    I think I'm gonna be sick
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  7. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    I got back into motorcycles after 22 years to large part from reading posts on this site. Started with a Suzuki GS550T and after a year found a GL1100. I stumbled into the Hacks forum and saw how much fun everybody was having and started thinking about how I could put one together. While at last years Lacey Toys for Tots run I met Tony the Tiger and a couple other members of the forum and that sealed the deal. I told my wife that I would be coming to the 2012 run on a sidecar; period. About a month later I found an old Motorvation Formula rig languishing in a bike junkyard in Portland. I traded a trashed GL1100 I had rotting in my driveway and a couple hundred bucks for it. It just sat in my garage until I got my tax refund when I dropped almost $700 on mounting hardware. Couple months later it was on the road.
    That's how I started; why do I ride?
    1. It's different.
    2. I like the attention. They're great conversation fodder.
    3. The GL handled like poop; doesn't matter now.
    4. They're a lot of fun!:D
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  8. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Because every broken bone incurred motorcycling has always been on a two wheeler. Plus I like taking lots of shit with me.

    VAC
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