Well, finally I find a reason to make my first post. Have been looking and thinking about getting a secondary bike to take a passenger on short sunday rides to a longer weekend or week trip. Had a look at almost everything from a w800 to the harley sportster and a moto guzzi bellagio (just to mix things up) Decided against a normal two wheeler as I'm a pack for any and every eventuality and there is only so much a pannier can carry. I'm also vertically challenged so no sport touring bikes were short listed. I knew about the urals and had been thinking about getting a sidecar but there aren't many around melbourne so what I know is from the internet and pretty pictures. There are two sidecars I'm thinking about, but I have no idea which would be a more appropriate acquisition. First up, a used 2010 ural T with all the farkles and 40000km. Description as follows Squib, who is a black Tourist model from December 2010 has the following options fitted: Sidecar mounted spotlight Ten litre steel jerry can and carrier Steel toolbox using the same mounting carrier as the jerry can Sidecar mudguard mounted carry rack Full leather sidecar seat (LX model larger and more well padded) Sidecar liners. Other fitted extras include: Left hand side battery cover Metal Ural tank and sidecar badges Stainless steel sidecar wheel cap European spec right hand switch block (you can turn the lights off) Stainless steel replica sidecar luggage rack Larger, more grippy aluminium sidecar step plate Triumph metal chromed rear view mirrors Barkbuster storm hand protectors A round all metal adjustable reverse light. Squib has travelled 40,000klms and is fully serviced. All tyres fitted are Heidenau, the rear and spare being brand new. There is also a 1978 XS1100 sidecar on ebay, 75000km description as follows A professionally built sidecar outfit, The engine was rebuilt to NEW condition some years ago ( I know , I did it) with 1200 Wiseco kit. Not a whole lot of use since then. Brilliant leading link front fork with floating calipers, small amount of dive built in. Steel front guard The sidecar is really rigidly attached. It steers somewhat like a gokart. Where you look, you go. Its has 16" front wheel and 15" Michelin car tyre on the back. This is a proper, fast , good handling , great braking outfit. It has a 13ltr extra tank in the boot with an electric pump. It has Koni's all round. I fitted a Honda CB900 copy front fairing. Guzzi horns. I fitted a larger rear master cylinder (from the XS750) plus a small disc and caliper to the 10" alloy sidecar wheel. The rear brakes are coupled. Using all brakes together results in your A/C joints meeting your scapula. It will really stop. It has had very little use in the past 7 or 8 years. The red paint is very good. The black paint is a little tatty. I have to fit a new Master cylinder kit which is on it's way here. Otherwise it is roadworthy. The outfit is still registered for a month or so. You can't test ride it unless you are a skilled outfit pilot or have one with you. It is powerful and quick. Happy bidding. It is here to sell!. The Yamaha is advertised all over and if I have to remove it I will...Reason for sale? old age and stiffness! The dilemma is if I should take the plunge on the XS (it looks gorgeous too). I have no experience with sidecars and my few years of riding motorcycles won't help either. I'm not afraid to get wrenching and greasy, but both bikes would have similar issues. The ural will have something that needs fixing but parts wouldn't be hard to get. The XS could be running till the ends of time but if something were to fail, parts won't be easy to get. Tyres on ural would be carried and replaced on the go. On the XS, repairs would be to plug it and hope the next tyre shop has the sizes in stock. The XS wouldn't have any problems keeping up with traffic but I was already willing to take the back roads and travel slower with the ural. What say you? Opinions are of course welcome, especially the 'just get the bike and ride it'