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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have NO experience with sidecars but I'd like to build one, start with a frame, add a Vegas front tire to the sidecar and build the body from fiberglass.

Does anybody have a sidecar on their bike or know where I could get one for cheap? I like the hotrod style that's been floating around the web.
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Unless you have access to tubing, a bender and a welder and know how to use them it could be quite a challenge. Not to mention have you ever ridden with a sidecar? It's a different ride altogether.

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I know it changes the ride, but I'd like to take my kids on rides (especially my daughter since she's 9) and feel safer having them strapped into a sidecar. Plus I think for them it'd be more enjoyable. Basically wanted a prefabbed frame and connections and I'd build it up from there.
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By all means go for it. I always had fun with mine. Ebay and Craigslist and suppose lots of motorcycle forums. Good luck and have fun.

2012 Cross Country Champion Trike in process with all the usual mods
2010 cross country, engine change out in process
All sold
2012 XCT,
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1996 Road King Chopped
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2000 Chopper Guys rigid EVO
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This might be what you are looking for:
http://www.dmcsidecars.com/sidecars/sidecar-frame/


Check this site out, the people here are very helpful.
http://sidecar.com/mbbs22/category-view.asp

This is the best book I have read on how to drive a sidecar.
Well worth the money. Be sure to read it before you go for your first ride. They really are different but if you read this book and follow it closely you should have no problem transitioning to one.
http://www.whitehorsegear.com/drivin...it-2nd-edition

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No disk break on the sidecar wheel ? Thought that should be standard ?

I think sidecars are sooooo cool to see, here many vespa's have sidecars and just love looking at them, so a vic would be way cooler

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No disk break on the sidecar wheel ? Thought that should be standard ?

I think sidecars are sooooo cool to see, here many vespa's have sidecars and just love looking at them, so a vic would be way cooler

Vespas are a little different because they probably don't go fast enough to really get ugly when you panic stop. (can you panic stop a vespa with a hack?)

On heavy weight bikes, most people shy away from a brake on the hack.
If you have one it should be adjustable, it should supply more braking if you have more weight in the car. If you don't adjust it each time you change the weight in the car you find the wheel locking and skidding or not applying enough braking should you have to panic stop.
Neither is good for your life expectancy because the hack acts differently in each situation. Never being sure how it will react in an emergency is a recipe for disaster.

For those who want a brake there are several ways to do it and control it with proportioning valves etc. One of the better ways is to mount a second master cylinder and pedal next to the bikes rear pedal in such a manner that your foot can span both when desired. Then the hack's brake can be used for turning the rig quicker if needed. They say they are pretty handy that way.

Most sidecars offer a brake as a option but generally don't come with one. The more exotic high performance cars are the exception. They come with sophisticated braking systems I think. They were always far from what I had to spend so I'm not really sure.

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I have NO experience with sidecars ...
Hey man, we gotta get together this season and do some rides.

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I know!!!!!!!!!
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Here's someone in PA:http://freedomsidecars.com/
Maybe this outfit might be able to give advice/pointers?

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