The story begins in 2000, when I had two young kids and a Triumph Sprint with a single HRD sidecar, it was adequate and very pretty, but with bike wheels and tele forks was heavy steering and hard on tyres. I was tossing up whether to spend up on leading links and car rims, but with the growing children, would soon need a bigger sidecar. A chance encounter in a local bike shop saw me cross paths with a crashed 1999 1200 Bandit. The forks and front wheel were wrecked, but it had low kilometres, and was almost new. I chased it to an insurance auction and bought it for much less than I thought it worth, got a John Marshall double sidecar from a good friend who had bought it but not used it and we were away. I sent the lot to Bob Martin Engineering in Melbourne to have the sidecar fitted, leading links and 15 inch wheels made, then picked it up a couple of months later. I had wanted car tyres all round, but was convinced by Bob Martin to go with a 15 inch bike tyre on the front. It was far from finished and probably still isn't, so it took a bit to get it ready for registration. I sold the Triumph HRD combo in February 2001 which gave me the money needed to finish the Bandit, so I never had the two on the road at the same time. My 1994 Triumph Sprint with HRD sidecar, one of the last sidecars fitted by the late Ron Hurdis. The unfinished Bandit, with my son, who is now considerably bigger. Nearly ready for registration, just need some lights on the sidecar.