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side cars

Postby jimnicricket » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:54 pm

I have a 89 1500 and am looking to get a covered sidecar. Does anyone have any info on this? My wife is tired of trying to "see through" my head as we travel down the road. Thanks

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Re: side cars

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:01 pm

I never liked the idea of sidecars (don't like sitting straight up around corners), but I remember seeing an "Equalean" sidecar, many years ago on an episode of CHiPs:

Equalean Sidecar
Equalean Sidecar

The sidecar leaned with the motorcycle. I did a quick search and found this thread about Equalean making a comeback.

There's also the Flexit leaner sidecar, and they have pictures of it attached to a GL1500 on that site.

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Re: side cars

Postby jqtandberg » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:26 pm

Are you still looking for sidecar information?

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Re: side cars

Postby toyman5411 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:56 pm

I have a 93 gl1500se with a ural sidecar on it. It is great around town but for long trips it gets tiring as it does make your bike want to pull to the right. fortunately I can take it on and off in about 5 minutes so switching back and forth is easy.

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Re: side cars

Postby jqtandberg » Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:00 am

I have a Hannigan Astro sidecar that came with my 1995 Aspencade. I would like to sell it. Let me know if you are interested. It s a great sidecar that can be completely enclosed, has a recirculating fan and lockable storage.

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Re: side cars

Postby pearlgreenwing » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:26 pm

We had a sidecar mounted on a GL1200. We you take off, it wants to pull you to the right. When you let up to shift gears, now it wants to pass you. You are always pulling it left of right. We had to carry sand in plastic bottles to help balance the weight. We didn't like it at all. You need to ride one before buying one for sure.

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Re: side cars

Postby DocFrancois » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:13 am

Hi Everyone

The pulling left/right of a sidecar rig has to do with the leanout adjustment. In your part of the world, the bike has to have a leanout to the left of about 1 degree to prevent pulling to the left/right. Adjustments have to be made with both the car as well as the bike "loaded" and can be fine-tuned until the pulling goes away completely. It's a simple and easy solution and doesn't affect the riding at all (except making it easier and a more pleasant experience).

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Re: side cars

Postby landisr » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:19 am

A sidecar is a MAJOR modification, both to your riding style/technique and the bike itself. I would suggest trying to find somebody with a rig (any make and model first time around) that you and the Wife can test ride/drive. You need to find out how major of an adjustment it is for you, and she needs to see if it's all it's cracked up to be for her. My feeling is that most likely she'll like it, so hopefully you can live with the changes. If you go that route, there are many options for accessories and other convenience and cosmetic changes. You might also look for sidecar forums, etc and exercise Google for some intro information. Good luck.

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