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Has anyone added a sidecar? I have a 2012 Cross Roads and am looking into the possibility. My wife can no longer ride on two wheels and I am exploring options.

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add on trike conversion wont work?
 

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not the cross bikes. i called them. cant do one for the
vision either. not the right attachment points. thats too bad.
they are less than 80 miles from me.got to go with the more
expensive ones.
 

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Are you looking for a bike for your wife or does your wife's condition prevent her from straddling the bike as a passenger, in which case a trike conversion does not help. Sidecars have a more normal seat for the passenger.

Best of luck in your search. A buddy at work has a wife that rides on her own and has a severe hip condition which prevents her from straddling a bike. his solution for now was to get a Suzuki 650 scooter and put an add-on trike conversion. With the scooter seating she does not need to straddle the bike she can sit on it like a chair. The trike kit allows the bike to stay upright for her. And the scooter is more than powerful enough to keep up on group rides so she is still part of things on riding tripscheers
 

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A motorcycle with a side car is a whole different animal to ride. It take a lot of practice to ride one safely.
 

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A motorcycle with a side car is a whole different animal to ride. It take a lot of practice to ride one safely.
NAB your right. They take a lot of practice in a safe environment such as a parking lot with nothing to run into.
They are an interesting ride for certain. More fun that should be legally alowable to quote my wife.
One thing that helps learning to drive one is this book
"Driving A Sidecar outfit" second edition by David L. Hough which was available at a substantially reduced price compared to Amazon direct from the publisher.
Printwerk Graphics & Design, 1000 Richard Road , Dyer, IN 46311 Phone (219)322 7722
Toll free 800 736-1117.
Don't know if that info is still good but I think I paid $35 or so Vs the 75 dollars that Amazon is asking for a used one today.

The book is the basis for most if not all sidecar classes and in very comprehensive.
Taking one out on the highway until you have some experience "flying" the car isn't a great idea. The book if you can find one, and a class with some light weight machines you can throw around will get you where you want to be pretty quickly.



The Sidecar association forums are Here . Great group of helpful folks there. Would have never gotten our first sidecar going without their help and they are a great resource for anything sidecar. Here are some pictures from the 2019 rally in Idaho
 

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On four different occasions, I tried different sidecar units and I learned some things. Mainly, they are not for me. I don't like that left turns are way different the right turns in terms of steering control and I did not find that enjoyable. They require very accurate mounting adjustments or they will have a mind of their own. And lastly, those who own and ride them must be certifiable.
A leg problem ended my two wheel days after a 68 year run. Still wanting to be in the wind, I got a Spyder F3 Limited, the sport car of the Spyder world. Once I got up the learning curve, I find I'm having more fun with my Spyder than I did on two wheels. Why? Because all the pleasures of two wheeling are still there, but the worries are gone. No more fear of gravel or oil in a curve and electronic safety nannies that won't allow anything bad to happen when you do something stupid. And no more anxiety when stopped on a hill, then having to make a right turn. Did I say it has a reverse? Very sweet that is. And you have a choice of manual or electric (paddle) shifting. I have the latter and am so glad I do. No more cramped left hand or missed shifts.
I know I did the right thing when trike riders tell me they wish they had bought a Spyder instead of a trike.
Incidentally, the leg problem was been cured and I can once more ride a two wheeler. Do I want to? Hell no!!
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On four different occasions, I tried different sidecar units and I learned some things. Mainly, they are not for me. I don't like that left turns are way different the right turns in terms of steering control and I did not find that enjoyable. They require very accurate mounting adjustments or they will have a mind of their own. And lastly, those who own and ride them must be certifiable.
A leg problem ended my two wheel days after a 68 year run. Still wanting to be in the wind, I got a Spyder F3 Limited, the sport car of the Spyder world. Once I got up the learning curve, I find I'm having more fun with my Spyder than I did on two wheels. Why? Because all the pleasures of two wheeling are still there, but the worries are gone. No more fear of gravel or oil in a curve and electronic safety nannies that won't allow anything bad to happen when you do something stupid. And no more anxiety when stopped on a hill, then having to make a right turn. Did I say it has a reverse? Very sweet that is. And you have a choice of manual or electric (paddle) shifting. I have the latter and am so glad I do. No more cramped left hand or missed shifts.
I know I did the right thing when trike riders tell me they wish they had bought a Spyder instead of a trike.
Incidentally, the leg problem was been cured and I can once more ride a two wheeler. Do I want to? Hell no!!
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:)Darn nice ride
 

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On four different occasions, I tried different sidecar units and I learned some things. Mainly, they are not for me. I don't like that left turns are way different the right turns in terms of steering control and I did not find that enjoyable. They require very accurate mounting adjustments or they will have a mind of their own. And lastly, those who own and ride them must be certifiable.
A leg problem ended my two wheel days after a 68 year run. Still wanting to be in the wind, I got a Spyder F3 Limited, the sport car of the Spyder world. Once I got up the learning curve, I find I'm having more fun with my Spyder than I did on two wheels. Why? Because all the pleasures of two wheeling are still there, but the worries are gone. No more fear of gravel or oil in a curve and electronic safety nannies that won't allow anything bad to happen when you do something stupid. And no more anxiety when stopped on a hill, then having to make a right turn. Did I say it has a reverse? Very sweet that is. And you have a choice of manual or electric (paddle) shifting. I have the latter and am so glad I do. No more cramped left hand or missed shifts.
I know I did the right thing when trike riders tell me they wish they had bought a Spyder instead of a trike.
Incidentally, the leg problem was been cured and I can once more ride a two wheeler. Do I want to? Hell no!!
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Great Pic Ricz and great to hear the leg's all healed up....ride on brother...

Stay Safe,

Rob
 
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