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    Sidecars are FUN and have practical aspects. I took my Suzuki VX800 and Velorex chair to Daytona in 1999 and my daughter rode in the chair. It's a trip I'll never forget. Father and daughter had SO much fun. . On the way home, a front hit, temps in the high 40s and rain all the way to Baton Rouge where we got a room for the night. She rode in dry comfort with the convertible top up on the chair. I was out in the rain in my rain gear, but I'd been there and much worse.

    Sidecars take a LOT of learning and getting used to as far as riding technique and set up, and they compromise tire life. When I got home from that trip, I had to put a new set of tires on the bike because they were worn at an angle to the road and felt REAL weird riding solo. They put strains on stuff like swing arm bushings and steering head bearings due to the weird stresses that don't exist in a solo. Yep, there are compromises, but I never regret the years I had that Velorex. I made many memories in the prime of my life.

    Heck, I'd like to have one now, but I really don't feel the need. The wife would have fun, though. But, I'd have to get a new bike. That VX800 was THE best sidecar bike I'd ever owned, but my current KLR650 ain't exactly the answer to the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    Sidecars are FUN and have practical aspects. I took my Suzuki VX800 and Velorex chair to Daytona in 1999 and my daughter rode in the chair. It's a trip I'll never forget. Father and daughter had SO much fun. . On the way home, a front hit, temps in the high 40s and rain all the way to Baton Rouge where we got a room for the night. She rode in dry comfort with the convertible top up on the chair. I was out in the rain in my rain gear, but I'd been there and much worse.

    Sidecars take a LOT of learning and getting used to as far as riding technique and set up, and they compromise tire life. When I got home from that trip, I had to put a new set of tires on the bike because they were worn at an angle to the road and felt REAL weird riding solo. They put strains on stuff like swing arm bushings and steering head bearings due to the weird stresses that don't exist in a solo. Yep, there are compromises, but I never regret the years I had that Velorex. I made many memories in the prime of my life.

    Heck, I'd like to have one now, but I really don't feel the need. The wife would have fun, though. But, I'd have to get a new bike. That VX800 was THE best sidecar bike I'd ever owned, but my current KLR650 ain't exactly the answer to the question.
    I kinda figured there was a lot involved in it. They look neat, but I like 2 wheels. I saw a Ural the other day. Talk about a neat setup.
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    Urals have gotten expensive. I'd like to have one, but they don't exactly have a stellar reputation for reliability. They are stone simple, though. They say you can rebuild one on the side of the road, but I just don't want to HAVE to. I like the "sportsman" model with the lockable 2WD. It could double as a UTV in the woods.
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