Posted 10/30/2015 10:26 AM (#86670 - in reply to #86654) Subject: Re: Savage 650
Not hard at all, we make proper bike specific NOT universal mounting hardware for this bike, the best bang for the buck would be the Sputnik sidecars we import $2995, sidecars we build start at $3995 for the M72B and the Kenna single. For fun I have attached a photo of a one of Savage we did a while back using a used Continental sidecar. This bike also got a flat profile sidecar tire on the front and an automotive tire on the rear.
Posted 11/10/2015 10:20 AM (#86797 - in reply to #86654) Subject: Re: Savage 650
While we have done sidecars on the Savage, and 650cc in general is enough power for a sidecar, the Savage is one of the least power full 650's around, I have never driven one with a sidecar on it for more then a test ride, never lived with one however, one of my own bikes is also a 650 single it is a Kawasaki KLR 650. The KLR will hold freeways speed with a sidecar and even do up to about 75MPH but do not ask it to do so on even a slight incline, or with any kind of head wind or at altitude. It is much happier in the 50-60 MPH range. I suspect the Savage would be similar. The question I seldom see asked which I feel is much more important, How is the stopping power of a bike, stopping can be far more important then going. A flat profile tire helps on the front of the Savage with its braking power both Avon and Heidenau make a flat profile tire that will fit. Make sure that the bike is mounted with proper NOT universal mounts, many years ago we had a potential customer who wanted us to mount his Velorex sidecar on his Savage, we quoted him a price and instead he went to another sidecar shop in the NW to have it done as he was quoted $200 less. This shop used the Velorex "universal" mounts and even managed to stretch one of the frame clamps around the down tube on the Savage which is much larger then the frame clamp was designed for. As the sidecar the way it was mounted kept slipping in the end he ended up paying us to remount the sidecar using proper hardware.
I have attached photo of our mounts which as you can see are not a bunch of "universal" clamps. The NOS Sputnik sidecars we have at $2995 would be your best bang for the buck and would come with the mounting hardware.
Posted 11/12/2015 10:36 AM (#86820 - in reply to #86654) Subject: Re: Savage 650
Thanks, Jay. I thought that perhaps the Savage was like most Japanese bikes that want to rev, but won't make real bottom end power. I'm not interested in freeway speeds. I don't even ride interstates on solo bikes unless forced to.
Not to hijack this thread, but for me a sidecar rig needs to have a vintage look and sound. The only exceptions to that would be a roadrace design or a utility design such as a flatbed instead of a car.