Ride By Side Sidecars
Posted 3/6/2014 7:28 PM (#76624)
Subject: Ride By Side Sidecars

Hi I'm Karl, I called Richard and he suggested that I post here and ask if anyone has heard of the sidecar manufacturer named "Ride By Side Sidecars"? Would also like to know if anybody had any dealings with this manufacturer in the safety and wear of this product.

I have a '07 Harley Ultra Classic and I'm looking to install this sidecar to my bike, but I could not find any information about this sidecar; it looks well-made and the brackets look strong... I would like to know more about it.

Thank you for your help.
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Posted 3/6/2014 8:42 PM (#76629 - in reply to #76624)
Subject: RE: Ride By Side Sidecars

Posts: 1698
Location: Summer Grove, LA USA

Welcome to the offset sidecar world Bear.

Here's Some History from: http://www.texassidecars.com/about-us.html

...CJ and Ardis Foust founded the Ride-By-Side company in 1979 in Hartland, Michigan.  They began with one model – now called the Standard.  It has been a popular choice for small- and mid-displacement motorcycles for over 20 years.  A variation of the Standard, which has a smaller wheel and custom mounting, has been mated to quite a few Honda Helixes.

The Standard grew in width to become the new Ranger model.  Several hundred of these were built over the years and have been mounted on almost every popular make and model motorcycle, from Honda to Harley....

In October, 2000, Bob Darden purchased the sidecar molds, patterns and names from the Ride-By-Side company.  He and Deb Darden then formed The Texas Sidecar Company....

We have two Ranger's mounted to mid-size bikes - they are basic, but sturdy sidecars.  I'd think the Standard model is too small/narrow for a Ultra Classic, but I've seen several Ranger's mounted to baggers (with some ballast when empty).    Some of the our members/installers should be along with more specifics.

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Posted 3/6/2014 10:32 PM (#76630 - in reply to #76629)
Subject: RE: Ride By Side Sidecars

Thank you Swampfox for the welcome and the information.
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Posted 3/7/2014 10:11 AM (#76641 - in reply to #76624)
Subject: Re: Ride By Side Sidecars

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If it helps, we should be able to help you out with mounting hardware as we make bike specific for your bike as well as offer triple tree's to lower the steering effort and have reverse for the bike.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
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Posted 3/21/2014 1:02 PM (#76878 - in reply to #76624)
Subject: Re: Ride By Side Sidecars

Posts: 477
Location: Michigan - Kalamazoo
It's my understanding that the Foust's bought some/all the molds of the Auburn Sidecar Company (Auburn, Indiana). My sidecar is actually an Auburn Gemini (two-seater) whos molds where, and again this is based on some sketchy research on my part, passed through the Ride-by-Side company to Texas Sidecars. The Gemini became the Texas TwinStar.

Unfortunatly, the molds for the TwinStar were lost in a fire and never recreated.


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