Motorcycle Sidecars: More Uses Than You’d Think
Hitting the open road alone and experiencing the sense of freedom and adventure of riding a motorcycle is what it’s all about for most riders. But for some, they want to share that experience and bring someone along. That desire to share the fun is certainly not new, as the sidecar was invented around the turn of the 20th Century, according to Rider magazine.
While the details are spotty, in 1893, a French newspaper created a contest that offered a prize for the best way tic array a passenger, says Rider magazine. The final solutions presented were the forecar (passenger in the front), trailer-car (passenger in the back), and the sidecar – the design that is the basis for today’s models.
StorageTaking your motorcycle to the grocery store? Your grocery purchases wouldn’t pose a problem if you have a motorcycle sidecar. Using a sidecar for storage allows you to use your motorcycle for more than just individual transportation.So, don’t shy away from packing a really large picnic basket. Photo courtesy of Les Chatfield via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Friends and FamilyIf there’s not enough room on your motorcycle for another person; think again. Motorcycle sidecars allow you to bring more passengers along for the ride in style and comfort. Best part of all, is that they don’t have to side behind you, but can sit next to you. Photo courtesy of Michael Pereckas, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Don't Forget About Your PetsAlthough you may want to consider keeping Fido in a safety harness while riding, a motorcycle sidecar ride can be extended to your pets as well. Dogs love sticking their heads out of the window, so being on a sidecar means life just couldn’t get much better for them. Photo courtesy of Bob Haarmans, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
From Road to RacetrackMotorcycles, even those with sidecars, aren’t just for scenic rides around town. In some places, you can head to the racetrack to see sidecar racing competitions, either on dirt tracks or pavement. There you’ll see the sidecar ‘passenger’ doing maneuvers to shift the center of gravity of the vehicle…maneuvers that are obviously not advisable for real-world riding. But fun to watch, nonetheless. Photo courtesy of Peter Shanks, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
A Business On WheelsA business on the move can create marketing depth by hand-delivering products or promotional items to your consumers. Could investing in a motorcycle sidecar be right for your small business? Photo courtesy of Emack and Bolio’s
Eye-CatchingRiding down the street with a motorcycle sidecar next to your stylish bike is sure to capture some attention. Sidecars are frequently bought for no other reason than for pleasure. With diverse colors, decal and customization that motorcycle sidecars offer, your sidecar can truly be one of a kind. Photo courtesy of Big-Ashb, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
These days, there are a number of reasons a rider might want a sidecar: to bring along a friend or spouse; to share the road with a canine friend; or simply for the fun of having an unusual vehicle with an eye-catching paint job or design.
Take a look at some of the interesting sidecar designs and uses in our slideshow below:
*Note: Like with motorcycles, safety laws for sidecars may vary by state, so make sure to consult your state’s regulations regarding safety gear and safe riding practices.