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bjjoondo
Posted 12/22/2017 2:10 PM (#95954)
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Hello my name is BJ Ondo and along with my wife JoLynn we tour on a 2014 H-D 883 Sportster Super Low, we are 60+ and thought about a "trike" body for the Sporty but the expense is to high! We thought about the Voyager Kit but were told, the "Super Low" model is "Too LOW" to use the kit on so we decided to start saving and looking for a side car that would fit on our Sportster! We ride it 2 up all the time, just ticked over 33,500 miles in Dec. Any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated! We are "flower sniffers" so speed isn't important infact we prefer to "kick back" when we ride! Looking at Veloex 562 or 563 if we go new but would LOVE to find a better priced used sidecar. We have a very excellent sidecar expert at a local Honda Dealer (Apex Sports, Colorado Springs, CO.). Thanks and have a most excellent day!



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jkmolt
Posted 12/22/2017 8:57 PM (#95957 - in reply to #95954)
Subject: Re: Introduction


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I rode solo bikes for 50 years and wondered if an old dog could learn new tricks. Sold my Gold Wing and bought a '99 BMW R1100RT w/ EZS sidecar. Had so much fun that for my 70th birthday, my suggested I hack my 09 Triumph T100 so had a Velorex attached. I've been having more fun that I've had in years! And, by the way, it's highly recommended that you take a sidecar training class
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bjjoondo
Posted 12/22/2017 11:16 PM (#95959 - in reply to #95957)
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jkmolt - 12/22/2017 6:57 PM

I rode solo bikes for 50 years and wondered if an old dog could learn new tricks. Sold my Gold Wing and bought a '99 BMW R1100RT w/ EZS sidecar. Had so much fun that for my 70th birthday, my suggested I hack my 09 Triumph T100 so had a Velorex attached. I've been having more fun that I've had in years! And, by the way, it's highly recommended that you take a sidecar training class


Thanks, sounds like the side car idea is a very good thing! I'll be looking into see if there are any "sidecar training classes" in our area, but I guess I'll have to get a hack first! Have a most excellent day!
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SwampFox
Posted 12/23/2017 6:54 AM (#95960 - in reply to #95954)
Subject: RE: Introduction



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bjjoondo - 12/22/2017 1:10 PM

... we tour on a 2014 H-D 883 Sportster Super Low ... decided to start saving and looking for a side car that would fit on our Sportster....


Hi BJ,

Good to hear of folks touring on a Sportster.  It's only in HD marketing and our preference for big things that a 900cc class motorcycle is considered a "small" motorcycle. We have a fellow sidecarist down here in East Texas that rode some 70,000 miles touring the Western USA on what is often referred to as an "entry level" motorcycle. He worked up a tag: Entry Level Motorcycle: For Entry into California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado.... Cool  Should be even better now with the isolated engine mounts.


Our first rig was a 2002 rigid-mount XL883R mated to a Texas Ranger sidecar. It was a good rig that became a great rig after two modifications: 1) geared it down with a one-tooth smaller aftermarket front pulley; and 2) modified triple trees to reduce trail - worth every penny, at least in my opinion.  This 883R/Texas combination is a fantastic rig within is limits - we could travel comfortably all day at a touring pace, say, speeds up into the low 60mph's.  We have since sold the rig to Paulau over in Texas, but here is pic from back in 2012 after both gearing & steering modifications:

Unfortunately, Texas sidecars are currently out of production.  Please let me know if we can assist in any manner.

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bjjoondo
Posted 12/23/2017 9:51 AM (#95961 - in reply to #95954)
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Hello, thanks for information, too bad that Texas Sidecars aren't made any more a nice looking car!! On your mods, was your Sporty a "chain" drive unit? ours is a belt drive and I'm not sure there'd be a "smaller" pulley set up. Will have to look into the "raked tripe tree", that was something the Frankenstein trike kit for Sportsters highly recommend. We will start looking and hopefully come up with a decent used sidecar to start with but our local Honda shop carries Veloex and has installed lot's of sidecars! Have a most excellent day!
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J.R.
Posted 12/23/2017 10:41 AM (#95962 - in reply to #95961)
Subject: Re: Introduction


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Check with Claude Stanley at Freedom sidecars. He has a alumnium bullet that should work with your sporty.
J.R.
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bjjoondo
Posted 12/23/2017 1:28 PM (#95964 - in reply to #95962)
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Thanks, I'll look into that, it's appreciated!
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VLAD
Posted 12/23/2017 4:01 PM (#95965 - in reply to #95964)
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Welcome. Here is some options:
https://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/d/vintage-1954-bmw-steib-s500/6417...

https://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/d/suzuki-gs850g-with-sidecar/64180...

https://denver.craigslist.org/mpo/d/motorcycle-sidecar/6413888495.ht...

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/mcy/d/cb-750-sidecar-bikeepic/64361...

They are not perfect, but if you keep looking some may come out.
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VLAD
Posted 12/23/2017 4:08 PM (#95966 - in reply to #95964)
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Trike is good but sidecar is better I think.
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wvsporty
Posted 12/28/2017 10:22 AM (#96005 - in reply to #95954)
Subject: Re: Introduction



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Welcome almost to the offset world of sidecars. As a few have mentioned sidecars are fun , more versatile than trikes and I have heard they have a smoother ride. The Velorex looks and works well on a Sporty BUT I would look into other units for easier access. I will absolutely recommend (with 2 adults) that you follow Swampfox's advice and do the gear down on the drive belt and the rake trees for ease of turning no matter what sidecar you buy. Never underestimate a used sidecar as their may be some Texas sidecars or something less expansive out there or may have been modified for easy access.
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jaydmc
Posted 12/28/2017 11:28 AM (#96007 - in reply to #95954)
Subject: Re: Introduction


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You might want to take a look at the Sputnik which we have on sale next month, details in the manufactures forum. What ever you do make sure that you have proper bike specific mounts. This link will explain why this is important http://www.dmcsidecars.com/news/
Let me know if we can be of help.
Jay G
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