• Jul 9, 2008
Those of you considering a motorcycle for its undeniable visceral thrills, or even its fuel savings, should consider another option which could add a bit more practicality to your new two-wheeler: the sidecar. Sure, you'll lose out on some performance -- both in a straight line and in the twisty bits -- but you'll easily make that up when the coolness factor is counted in. What, you don't think sidecars are cool? How wrong you are, and oobject has fifteen bits of proof for you to consider. From fully enclosed luxury to rocket-shaped sidecars, there are plenty of options to choose from. How about one modeled after a fighter plane? Covered. A land-speed record sidecar? Check.
Even though those novelty sidecars are pretty awesome pieces, the good ol' plain-jane sidecar steals the show as far as we're concerned. Whether hung off the side of a older BMW airhead or a retro Stella scooter, three-wheeled travel just doesn't get much cooler than with the rounded-front and high-windshield of the classic motorcycle sidecar.

[Source: oobject]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The one in the picture is the one I want...looks like my great-grandfather's Reading Standard from about 1920--he had a side car and that was one cool ride.
      • 6 Years Ago
      """Yeah!
      What part of flying a sidecar does the average boomer not understand?
      With all the old farts proving they can't handle a hog (not to mention the boomersquids...oxymoron, that...on sportbikes) without hitting a tree on the side of the road, wait until the first time they take a right hand curve or corner too fast and the right-side sidecar comes off the ground and the steering reverses!!!""


      You're projecting. Not everyone would kill themselves inside of 20 minutes on a rig as you most likely would.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a friend who owns a motorcycle with sidecar once said to me, "no one buys a sidecar for economy". They're horrendously expensive to insure, even for short mileage ratings. Apparently they're considered to be even more likely to get in a wreck than a motorcycle and with twice the liability.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ""They're horrendously expensive to insure, even for short mileage ratings. Apparently they're considered to be even more likely to get in a wreck than a motorcycle and with twice the liability.""


        That information doesn't seem to square at all with the experience of most sidecar combination owners. Most all relate that outfits like Progressive are happy to insure their rigs at reasonable rates not much higher than for any other motorcycle, and far lower than what a young male pays for a sportbike.

        For Ural & Dnepr info:

        http://www.russianiron.com

        http://sovietsteeds.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        But just think, you could take it off some sweet jumps.

        http://www.hogwildracing.com/misc/WittmanSergisJump_FH002web.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah!
      What part of flying a sidecar does the average boomer not understand?
      With all the old farts proving they can't handle a hog (not to mention the boomersquids...oxymoron, that...on sportbikes) without hitting a tree on the side of the road, wait until the first time they take a right hand curve or corner too fast and the right-side sidecar comes off the ground and the steering reverses!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        wtf? I got confused trying to make sense of that. In Ingrish pweese.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a URAL Gear-Up...pretty hefty for $13.6k but you gotta love 'em Russian Beemer bike looks!

      http://www.imz-ural.com/