Side Cars?


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Scott Ironhorse
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Side Cars?

Postby Scott Ironhorse » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:05 pm



I'm hoping there are folks with sidecar knowhow out there. Do all makers put the rig on the same side? Do they make them for the "wrong" side?



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dnehasert
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Re: Side Cars?

Postby dnehasert » Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:50 pm

Sidecars are on the right side in the U.S. and most of the world. Mounted on the left side for England and a couple other countries. Most will go on the "wrong" side but if you are in the U.S., why ? Go to www.sidecar.com
which is the United Sidecar Assoc. check out the forums and the list of manufacturers and installers. It would be easier to email or phone the manufacturers for the best answer. Doug

Scott Ironhorse
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Re: Side Cars?

Postby Scott Ironhorse » Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:34 pm

My intent/ desire is to build a Goldwing trike with a sidecar on each side. The shaft drive would go through a dif to each rear tire. Having factory rigs in both left and right side layout would make this easier.

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sfchock
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Re: Side Cars?

Postby sfchock » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:22 pm

Mine is on the side (us) 1100 Aspencade with Motorvation Formula 2. The same idea was recently discussed on SCT · Home base: INTERNET SIDECAR OWNERS KLUB. Your idea has been done before, but ends up with four wheels (check dmv for auto definition) Good luck Dave

Scott Ironhorse
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Re: Side Cars?

Postby Scott Ironhorse » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:32 pm

Thanks. But my intent was to take out the Goldwing rear wheel and put a diff there to drive the 2 sidecar wheels. Making a trike not a car with 3 wheels in the rear. That is also part of why I'm interested in 2 sidecars with their respective left and right framework for a starting point to rework the rear end into a proper trike.

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lhelber
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Re: Side Cars?

Postby lhelber » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:23 pm

Something to think about, typically on a side car the wheel is not powered. The big benefit is you don't need to run a drive shaft through the seat to get to the center of the wheel. Another thing I notice is a side tracks the same as a trike and is not quite as wide as a car's track. Putting a standard side car on both sides of the bike might put you in the realm of an oversized load. Requiring permit to go on a sunny day drive. If you want to carry two passengers a friend of mine built a VW trike one time with rider in the center and the two passengers were outboard over the rear wheels. It also put them out there in the elements to be smacked by everything. No one was willing to ride out there more than once.

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Re: Side Cars?

Postby Scott Ironhorse » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:40 pm

Ural?
Any one out there with a side hack? Put a tape measure from the center(left to right) of the bike seat to the outside of the sidecar wheel, double that and let me know the total.




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