From what we've been told, riding a motorcycle with a sidecar is a unique experience requiring massive amounts of upper body effort. With three wheels instead of two, riders can't use the textbook press-and-lean method to negotiate turns. This rider apparently missed that memo. While tackling the infamous Mulholland Drive just outside of Los Angeles, this sidecar rider employed a unique method for kicking around the road's multiple switchbacks. By shoving the sidecar into the air, the bike regains its ability to yaw far to the left. Very impressive, but what happens when the same technique is applied for a quick right-hander?

We're guessing tragedy. Likewise, we can imagine throwing a passenger into the sidecar mix would make for an additional challenge. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been riding with a sidecar for a couple summers now. There are no quick right and turns with a sidecar. What you saw in the video is exactly what happens if you try to turn to the right too fast, its called flying the chair. Its something you have to be comfortable with to operate these things. I don't feel this guy was being reckless. A passenger in the chair helps to keep it on the ground. Extra weight.
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        The second time he flew the chair he twitched the handlebars as if to make a right hand turn which lift the chair and he then straightened the handlebars and shifted weight to keep the chair in the air WHILE HE WAS GOING STRAIGHT. Nice work. The guy clearly knew how to handle the sidecar in a straight line and for faster left hand turns.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Flying the sidecar on a left hand turn works, but the problem is when the side car comes down steering reverses, i.e., pushing the left handlebar down will fly the sidecar but if you still have it down when the sidecar comes down (i.e., you damn well better have the handlebars centered!!) the motor will grab a hard RIGHT turn and probably flip you.
      James Scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he wanted to drive on 2 wheels he shouldn't have gotten a side car.
      Pininfarina
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think, they should just place a police cruise car or a speed camera on the Snake permanently. I frequent the Mulholland in its entire length and the Rockstore area with all the spectators, photographers combined with motorcycle riders attempting to get a 'poster shot' and showboating. This is getting dangerous and ridiculous. I am surprised CHP hasn't shut down the site for loitering. I have seen so many motorcycle riders fall left and right because they lean on the bike like it's a race track.
        Zero 1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pininfarina
        I don't believe in putting a speed camera on the site permanently, but they definitely need to start handing out tickets for loitering. For the people that gave this Pininfarina a thumbs down consider this: A year or two ago a guy in a Ferrari was showboating for people and went 100mph around a turn at the top of the hill. At the other side of the hill were 2 bicyclists who were pinned into the canyon wall at 100mph and killed instantly. The site is swamped with amatures who have no idea where the limit of their cars are or how to properly drive the road: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbdJxFjRe6E
          Zero 1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zero 1
          Eh, maybe it was 5 years. It's been a while. I don't hang out there anymore because of all the stupidity that goes on now. What about the cop who wrecked the Ferrari and killed him and his passenger a few years back. I guess that didn't happen as well. 99% of the people who hang out at "The Snake" now have no idea what they are doing and couldn't push a stock Tercel to it's limit. It's become a commercialized spot for people with nice cars to hang out and talk about how they beat a guy in a GT40 or a Turbo this or supercharged that last Saturday, blah blah blah. The people who are the fastest on this road and actually DRIVE it will never be seen during the day time. Lynx: only new jacks call it "The Snake."
      poorboywrx
      • 2 Years Ago
      let me be the first to say "what an *******" Doesn't take much to f-up and take out the person on the bike riding on the shoulder of the road.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Side cars would be cooler if they could detach and reattach on the road. I think I saw this in a movie once. You could drop the kid off at school with style, and not be late for work. The sidecar will need its own steering, braking and pedals to catch up to the motorcycle when you by to pick the little tax deduction up in the afternoon, but how awesome would that be? Plus you can always give the kid a "don't think I won't disconnect you out here on the highway!" speech if he misbehaves. This is cool too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUgn7R1HzEE
      Derek Whitacre
      • 2 Years Ago
      One thing... that's not Mulholland Drive. That is Mulholland Hwy out by the Rock Store in the Santa Monica Mountains outside of Malibu. Seemingly the same, but very different. Mulholland Dr runs through the middle of LA on top of the Hollywood Hills. Just sayin'.
      kcaja1
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is an easy thing to do. Ask any Filipino who drives a tricycle in the Philippines. It's really fun too!
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