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Sidecar motorcycles offer an opportunity to take much more luggage than a traditional 2 wheeled motorcycle...and that "luggage" can include your favorite pet...lol. All kidding aside, having owned several of sidecar motorcycles...I can say without hesitation that a sidecar motorcycle will provide fun...econonical...and practical transportation. As well as a wonderful source of recreation.
Be aware of several important considerations in your potential purchase of sidecar motorcycles. First off, I would look for one that was professionally installed or fabricated.
I would look for one that has additional braking on the actual sidecar because of the extra weight that the sidecar and potential extra luggage and passengers will create..which perhaps could overstress just the regular two wheeled motorcycle's braking system.
Another thing to look for is to make sure that the motorcycle powering the rig is a big enough and strong enough bike to support the extra weight. I personally think that I wouldn't mess with anything under 1300cc...probably the bigger the better.
Also, sidecarmotorcycles with a hydraulic or electric camber control is a very valuable asset to have. What this means is that you have a means of raising or lowering the actual sidecar itself to accomodate various grades or inclines that the road you're travleling on might present. For example...if you are on a road with a slight elevation to the right of the lane you're on, the rig will want to pull to the left and it can be a real "handful". The camber control would allow you in this case to lower the sidecar which would eliminate the pulling to the left in this case. However, it's not essential, just a plus when you're riding a sidecar monster like a goldwing, triumph rocket, etc.
When you're not riding with a passenger, I suggest putting some "ballast" weight into the sidecar, as much as 150-200 lbs depending on the tendency of the sidecar wanting to "fly" on right hand turns. If you're motorcycle sidecar rig doesn't want to lift the sidecar on right hand turns, don't worry about it. Or if you just love "flying the sidecar" and have become an expert at it, again, don't worry about the ballast weight. But if you're the average rider like me who isn't particularly interested in extraordinary thrills, don't forget the ballast weight folks. You can buy a sack of pinto beans or something similar. Avoid sandbags which are tempting because you can often get them free at fire departments, but they usually end up making a mess inside the sidecar.
Here are some links to some of the motorcycle sidecars I have had the privilege of owning.
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