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traversewife
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Location: Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Side car information Wanted

Postby traversewife » Sat May 10, 2014 3:49 pm



Ha folks I have a post on already looking for info on a trike build but I am also considering a Sidecar. Problem is i got myself a Goldwing witch i always wanted and because of the Prostate surgery i had a few years ago i can't straddle the bike the way you need to pushing back and so on. So i have to either turn Trike or to a Sidecar and get off and push when i need to go back. I have read here what i can and am now seeking further input. When they say the sidecar is flying dose that mean you will likely tip over? I have a lot to learn on this but have always wanted a motorcycle with a sidecar since i saw my first war movie back in the 60's.
Any help will do .
Len



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WingAdmin
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Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 12, 2014 9:00 am

I believe "flying" the sidecar simply means you are turning sharply enough that the sidecar lifts up in the air due to centrifugal force:



As for your options, you have a few:

- Add a sidecar to your GL1100, and get off and push to reverse
- Add a trike kit to your GL1100 and get off and push to reverse
- Move to a GL1500 with reverse built in

Oh, and there's always "don't park where you ever need to reverse." I did that on my GL1100 for a long time. :)

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dnehasert
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Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 with Watsonian sidecar

Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby dnehasert » Mon May 12, 2014 9:23 am

For more info see the United Sidecar Assoc. website. www.sidecar.com They can answer your questions. Doug

papasmurf37
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Location: Pembroke, New Hampshire
Motorcycle: 1995 GL1500SE w/CSC FSIII sidecar

Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby papasmurf37 » Mon May 12, 2014 6:42 pm

HI DOUG:
Don't know if yours truly already answered your concerns @ sidecar.com. IF there were ANY way you could obtain a GL1500 for sidecar use, it would be a WISE MOVE! Had 11 cycles since 1968, 7 solo, 4 s/c rigs. Our GL1500 is BEST sidecar tug I have EVER owned/driven, HANDS DOWN!
It is easiest to control, most comfortable, most powerful, best stopping [WITH EBC HH pads, which is all I run!] rig of the 4, w/our GL1500 rig @ 13 years and counting! My two cents on the subject. TTFN.
.....Old Tomakapapasmurf in NH :)

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Sidcar
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Motorcycle: 1991 GL1500/6 with Watsonian Oxford sidecar

Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby Sidcar » Wed May 14, 2014 5:08 pm

Hi Doug,
I ride a GL1500 and Watsonian Oxford sidecar, get one you won't regret it. Most fun you can have with your clothes on. I don't dawdle about and I have yet to get the chair wheel to lift.
Riding an outfit is different to anything else but once you've got the technique you'll love it.
If you go on the USCA website you'll get plenty of advice on there.

Sid

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eklimek
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Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby eklimek » Wed May 21, 2014 6:34 am

This may be helpful

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?board=86.0

Also find this book

From 2003

Hal Kendall - Author Hal built his first sidecar outfit in 1953 in Melbourne, Australia. He has built and dreiven many outfits in Australia, the US, and the UK

DEDICATION The United Sidecar Association Sidecar Manual is dedicated to the many greats of sidecaring, those who made it all happen, individuals and manufacturers alike. Sidecaring covers several generations, having its debut in 1903. The United Sidecar Association, Inc. boasts several senior citizens, each with over 70 years of experience

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Bob Myers
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Location: Richmond Ky
Motorcycle: 1995 GL1500 Aspencade

Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby Bob Myers » Fri May 23, 2014 8:37 pm

We tossed about the idea of buying a trike, looked earnestly for 6 months for one that was affordable, yet not beat to death or worn out. The two of us weigh around 500 pounds and me holding us up on the Venture was getting a bit iffy.
And then I saw the picture of my Goldwing and Champion Escort hack. Yep, bought it with no hesitation. I have yet to throw it in a corner where I thought I was too fast and could tip up. We just did a 1700 mile tripin /on it pulling a trailer(came with as part of the buy) and loved every minute of it
1995 GW Interstate w/Champion Escort sidecar, Dart trailer.
1993 GW Interstate-my commuter
1986 Yamaha Venture

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Sidcar
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Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby Sidcar » Sat May 24, 2014 4:54 am

Nice looking outfit. Is the back rest comfortable?

Sid

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Bob Myers
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Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby Bob Myers » Sat May 24, 2014 5:33 am

Can't imagine riding without it! Adjustable also
1995 GW Interstate w/Champion Escort sidecar, Dart trailer.
1993 GW Interstate-my commuter
1986 Yamaha Venture

skywagon70
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Re: Side car information Wanted

Postby skywagon70 » Sat May 24, 2014 10:49 pm

My wife and i have a gl1500 with Velorex 562 sidecar we have added more structure to the sidecar frame as well as some bolt on ballast underneath.
My wife rides with me on the bike and our border collie owns the sidecar.When driving solo i usually carry 5 gallons of extra fuel in the car for ballast. I believe everyone who drives a rig needs to know what happens when the car starts to fly. If i take corners at the posted speeds there is no tendency to fly. Flying the car is fun! I bought a book on sidecaring from DMC sidecars I do not have it here to give info on obtaining a copy of it. I will search for the book and the DMC website.If interested you can friend me on Facebook for pics of our rig. happy hackin. dmcsidecars.com is the web address the book on setting up and driving can be ordered for abt $35.00




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