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CypressKnee
12th May 2008, 04:26
I've wanted a sidecar for some 10 years now, and research proved a Sportster make a good tug for a sidecar, so, after several months of contemplation, I finally jumped into the world of sidecars. Attached is a photo of the Sportster with the new Texas Sidecars Ranger model. I'm still pondering on the finishing touches and slowly working on the skills necessary for such a rig. One thing I've found is the 883 has adequate power for sidecar use and is able to stay with traffic even with a passenger in sidecar, although I won't be passing many cars.

It's a new experience and thusfar a lot of fun. My wife has even ridden a couple of times with me.:D

Rascal
12th May 2008, 04:30
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=15084&d=1210559020

Looks really good! My dog would love it if I had one, he hates being left behind when I ride. (and I guess the wife could ride in it.......sometimes) :shhhh

cafe_dave
12th May 2008, 04:42
This looks great

Gone
12th May 2008, 04:46
I'd like to have a sidecar rig for the second bike.

There was a feature a few issues ago in American Iron of a fella who had a Texas Sidecars rig attatched to a Sporty. Looked like a fun ride! I imagine that it would give you a little more riding time in snowy climates too.

Moe47
12th May 2008, 04:47
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=15084&d=1210559020

Looks really good! My dog would love it if I had one, he hates being left behind when I ride. (and I guess the wife could ride in it.......sometimes) :shhhh

+1 man, our dogs would love it too!

I need to find a easy on and off sidecar. Then I need to find some $. :o



:tour

rottenralph
12th May 2008, 05:06
How much was the rig?

How hard is it to attach and detach?

What pieces stay on the bike when the rig is removed? My kids want to ride and a sidehack is the only way that is going to happen right now.

Sleeper
12th May 2008, 05:12
I'm a little surprised a side car on a Sportster looks so good, but it does.

I'd thought about getting one for my dogs too, they'd love it.

Bill2
12th May 2008, 05:58
It does look good with nice lines on the sidecar.

phmann
12th May 2008, 06:11
Looks good. It doesn't suprise me the 883 powers it no problem. I've seem them on 500's and alike. Although it's hard to convince the wife to ride behind you when there's that option...if you look like me.

PaulDM
12th May 2008, 06:19
One of the guys at work drives a small sidecar on a 350cc Honda!

thatbikerguy
12th May 2008, 06:25
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$????????
How much was the sidecar?

CypressKnee
12th May 2008, 13:43
My research in contemplating the sidecar installation revealed that in many parts of the world without super-hiways, such as USA and Western Europe, most sidecars are installed on 500cc-750cc bikes, and yes, even 350cc rigs and scooters in India. About 30% of Texas Sidecars business is scooters, from the Helix/Reflex to the Silverwing/Burgman. Visit their website at www.texassidecars.com for many pics and faqs, including prices. The car can be removed in 20 minutes or so with 4 bolts, with the bike side mounts remaing; the bike is ride-able, but it appears the lower rear mount might reduce right-hand cornering clearance a little.

Having concluded painting the sidecar orange would be too much orange, I plan to add some orange stripes to tie the two halves together. I'll post another pic after I figure it out.

Also, a little to my surprise, my wife has already ridden three separate times, each concluding with a smile on her face. :banana I plan to work on training my dog to ride, but she needs to mature past her 10-month-old puppy stage.

emzdogz
12th May 2008, 14:23
I love it!
:)
Looks great. Wishing you tons 'o fun.
I want one someday, too, so I can take my dog.

jasperpso
12th May 2008, 14:32
One of the guys at work drives a small sidecar on a 350cc Honda!

i know a guy with a honda 70 and a homeade side car..

garym
12th May 2008, 14:58
That thing looks like fun.

Desertfox
12th May 2008, 15:11
Totally cool!!!!! I'm a side car fan from way back. I used to have a BMW R-25 with a sidecar. It was only a 250 but it would pull a sidecar 60mph. Trust me, seventeen years old and in a side car, 60mph. was FAST. I would love to get one for my sporty, but then she would not fit in her little niche in the garrabge :)

Phaedrus
12th May 2008, 15:59
I'd like to see some more pics particularly of the connections.
Looks Great

thatbikerguy
12th May 2008, 16:11
Base Price
Texas Sidecar Ranger Model $3695.00
Packaging and Crating for surface shipment in the U.S. (not required for pickup at factory) $175.00

Shipping charges are "freight collect." Please call for Estimate.

OPTIONS
Seat (lap) belts $40.00

BODY FINISH OPTIONS
Gloss Black Gelcoat No Charge

Brad
13th May 2008, 02:39
Looks great! A lot of small (500cc) bikes have rocked sidecars for years. If I ever decide to go three wheeled, I think I'd do a hack over a trike.

phmann
13th May 2008, 03:56
If I had drove a dog in a sidecar, it'd be deaf.

CypressKnee
13th May 2008, 04:32
If I had drove a dog in a sidecar, it'd be deaf.

I did re-install the stock R two-into-one exhaust so my passenger wouldn't go deaf in the first 10 minutes of the ride.

Pete, there are 4 connections to the bike: The front two and the rear upper directly to the frame, and the lower on a bracket attached at an engine mount (if my memory is correct). The rigid mount Evo sportster permint such direct attachment. It was the strength of the Sportster frame that convinced me to go ahead with the purchase. Give me a few days to get past work responsibilities and get the rig out of its shed and I'll try to post a couple of pics.

Badgerpolice
14th May 2008, 17:45
My Dog saw the pics and is now nagging me...
I've put my foot down though and said NO, not unless she can behave when out...never gonna happen.

Bozinski
14th May 2008, 18:23
Having concluded painting the sidecar orange would be too much orange, I plan to add some orange stripes to tie the two halves together. I'll post another pic after I figure it out.

Oh, I don't know. Personally, I think if I had the same set-up, I'd paint it orange above the belt line, keep it black below like it already is, and then find a way to work an attractive checkerboard stripe onto it to play off your tank graphics. I think a scheme like that would tie it into your great looking stock 883R styling but give the whole rig a cool custom look.

Now my R is all black, so I'd keep the hack black and just do the checkerboard stripe for accent.

Anyway, it does look a lot better than I thought it might attached to a Sporty. I do think I would order an aftermarket alloy wheel for the hack...I'm not real big on the chrome steelie. Makes it look like a bass boat trailer.

CypressKnee
15th May 2008, 05:29
I do think I would order an aftermarket alloy wheel for the hack...I'm not real big on the chrome steelie. Makes it look like a bass boat trailer.

Yep, I've noticed that too. I've heard the 13 spoke 19 inch HD front alloy wheel might adapt as well, but I'm not sure.

Bozinski
15th May 2008, 18:00
Yep, I've noticed that too. I've heard the 13 spoke 19 inch HD front alloy wheel might adapt as well, but I'm not sure.

That would definitely look good, but if it would fit, a 13 spoke rear wheel might be more practical. You'd almost certainly have to run a bike tire on the 19" wheel, but the 16" might fit a very narrow car or trailer tire, or else a longer lasting touring tire off of a bagger. Longer tire life on that 3rd wheel would save you some bucks over the life of the rig.

V-XL
15th May 2008, 18:12
looks pretty cool! how is it trying to back up? cant be very easy with the extra weight and the mounts. keeping your feet on the pegs at red lights must be pretty weird.

scott494
15th May 2008, 18:23
Base Price
Texas Sidecar Ranger Model $3695.00
Packaging and Crating for surface shipment in the U.S. (not required for pickup at factory) $175.00

Shipping charges are "freight collect." Please call for Estimate.

OPTIONS
Seat (lap) belts $40.00

BODY FINISH OPTIONS
Gloss Black Gelcoat No Charge

for all that $$ i could buy the wife here own scoot lol

donniej
15th May 2008, 18:30
Me and a buddy had Ural's. He has a pet pig and it would *never* get in the sidecar!

We both got very good at riding around with the sidecars up in the air, AKA "flying the chair". I could ride it damn near vertical, on the tires sidewalls. Lots of fun...

V-XL
15th May 2008, 18:43
We both got very good at riding around with the sidecars up in the air, AKA "flying the chair". I could ride it damn near vertical, on the tires sidewalls. Lots of fun...

now i really want one!

steveb71
17th May 2008, 17:46
for all that $$ i could buy the wife here own scoot lol

Thats what I was thinking. It looks nice enough but to much cashola. If my dog ever wants to go I can stick him in a backpack of some sort with his head sticking out of it. It does look nice though...Congrats!

CypressKnee
18th May 2008, 05:02
I haven't progressed to flying the chair yet. I've only lifted the chair to experience the "up-oh" and practice letting it down. And yes, sidecars (as well as trikes, etc.) are quite expensive -- I pondered the purchase for a long time before finally taking the plunge. For example, I don't know the cost of HD TLE sidecar, but you can buy a new Sportster for the price of Spalding sidecar for an FLH (www.spaldingside.com).

grindbastard
6th September 2008, 23:47
Bump!

Who else has a sidecar? I'd jump at the chance if I found the right deal.

BWB75
6th September 2008, 23:59
Expensive, yes, but oh-so-cool. There be much need for a car any more, what with all the luggage that thing must hold. Plus, if you weren't already married it probably wouldn't take long to meet some girls...

Folkie
7th September 2008, 00:31
although I won't be passing many cars.I shouldn't think anyone with a sidecar passes many cars, do they?

grindbastard
7th September 2008, 01:47
Expensive, yes, but oh-so-cool. There be much need for a car any more, what with all the luggage that thing must hold. Plus, if you weren't already married it probably wouldn't take long to meet some girls...

I want one to haul around my two kids! My wife works weekends, so I have to drive the car when she's gone.

We can still LOOK at the girls! :shhhh

steve-o-
20th September 2008, 15:11
Just got Hack'd. Different, for sure. I got a '98 Ride-by-Side (bought by Texas sidecar co.) About 1600 bucks, on the road. Couldn't pass-up the chance to try it out. JUST RIDE!

BobWLR
20th September 2008, 22:57
I have been researching sidecars for about a year while saving for one.
A few things I found out:
You can flip one end over end if you ride a passenger behind you.
Mag wheels are better than spokes. Spokes loosen up from the side stress.
Raked trees and a steering damper are worth the purchase. Raked trees are really inexpensive for a Sporty compared to Hondas etc.
Your gas mileage is cut in half on the highway. That means stopping for gas every 50 miles or so on a Sporty without pushing your luck on finding a station.
You can carry a lot of crap in a sidecar (beer) and gas.
Hard for someone to steal your bike if you're sleeping in it.
You can drive in the snow and mud.
Cars can see you better.
It is an accessory not a modification to the insurance co.
More that I can't recall at the moment.

http://www.pashnit.com/bikes/sidecar.htm

BobWLR
26th September 2008, 19:28
That would definitely look good, but if it would fit, a 13 spoke rear wheel might be more practical. You'd almost certainly have to run a bike tire on the 19" wheel, but the 16" might fit a very narrow car or trailer tire, or else a longer lasting touring tire off of a bagger. Longer tire life on that 3rd wheel would save you some bucks over the life of the rig.

I believe Texas Sidecars use a 1" axle unless you ask for a 3/4" axle. Either way 16" or 19" wheel should work.

daggar rider
26th September 2008, 21:56
cool man, haven't seen that done to a sporty before. not my style but deffinetly cool

steve-o-
29th September 2008, 18:33
Got about 2000 miles on my sidecar now (photo in my gallery). I can haul a ton of stuff. I get about 135 miles on a tank of fuel. Right turns with an empty hack are scary. Everybody notices me and I get too many questions. My 883 works, but this winter's 1200 conversion will work better. JUST RIDE!!

Phracas
29th September 2008, 19:42
Got about 2000 miles on my sidecar now (photo in my gallery). I can haul a ton of stuff. I get about 135 miles on a tank of fuel. Right turns with an empty hack are scary. Everybody notices me and I get too many questions. My 883 works, but this winter's 1200 conversion will work better. JUST RIDE!!

That is just so cool! Well done Steve!

Wish I had the $ to do up another bike like that. My two boys would love it.

Rudie8125
27th October 2008, 11:37
I'm also thinking about a sidecar for my Sportster. Has anyone ever looked into the "Cozy" sidecar? They're made for Enfields, but you can get one with a universal mount setup. The website says they're not for BT but OK for Sportys.

Folkie
27th October 2008, 14:03
Welcome to thte Forum.

'Cozy' sidecar? Have you got a link?

Rio Cat 53
27th October 2008, 14:59
Nice alternative to saddle bags....No kidding that looks like fun...

celtic
27th October 2008, 15:37
Welcome to thte Forum.

'Cozy' sidecar? Have you got a link?

http://cozyrider.com/
http://www.cozysidecar.ca/

shortcake
27th October 2008, 15:46
Love it..great looking.

celtic
27th October 2008, 15:49
THIS is the kind of rig that I want:


http://www.trans-moto.com/images/nov2006/TM401a.jpg
http://www.trans-moto.com/images/nov2006/16J-401-2.jpg

They take a 1200R and change it to look like a vintage bike.

They also sell all the parts.

Of course they're not cheap.


http://www.trans-moto.com/welcome.htm

Folkie
27th October 2008, 16:15
http://cozyrider.com/
http://www.cozysidecar.ca/Thanks Celtic.

They look very similar to Watsonian Squire (http://www.watsonian-squire.com/) sidecars in the UK.

Folkie
27th October 2008, 16:21
THIS is the kind of rig that I want:


http://www.trans-moto.com/images/nov2006/TM401a.jpg
http://www.trans-moto.com/images/nov2006/16J-401-2.jpg

They take a 1200R and change it to look like a vintage bike.

They also sell all the parts.

Of course they're not cheap.


http://www.trans-moto.com/welcome.htmDid you see the fake leading link forks (http://www.trans-moto.com/p180.htm) (or whatever they're supposed to be)? :wonderlan

http://www.trans-moto.com/images/fev2006/p180_03.jpg (http://www.trans-moto.com/p180.htm)

Carl-04XL
27th October 2008, 17:04
snipped... I plan to work on training my dog to ride, but she needs to mature past her 10-month-old puppy stage.

This got me thinking (sometimes a BAD thing :D ), how about using a dog seat belt harness (http://www.sitstay.com/dog/supplies/servlet/product_10001_10001_41041_-1_PetBuckle+Travel+Harness_13319_14012_)? That way, your dog won't jump out when that cute poodle drives by... :laugh:laugh:laugh

Carl-04XL
27th October 2008, 17:06
If I had drove a dog in a sidecar, it'd be deaf.

You could put the sidecar on the left side... it 'ud be quieter there, wouldn't it???

Carl-04XL
27th October 2008, 17:14
Me and a buddy had Ural's. He has a pet pig and it would *never* get in the sidecar!

We both got very good at riding around with the sidecars up in the air, AKA "flying the chair". I could ride it damn near vertical, on the tires sidewalls. Lots of fun...

Brings back memories of my first 'club' ride. We had gone to a field events meet and I had signed up for the slow ride. Well, so did a hack rig, and he 'flew the chair' for the length of the course (50 feet?). Only took him about 2 feet to get the 'chair' up and stable, and he had a respectable (but non-winning) time over the course.

luckyramu
23rd November 2008, 04:07
Very interesting thread. Food for thought. I liked the 1200r conversion, but 10K, you gotta be kidding me. Jammin scoot my friend. Enjoy the ride and try not to split lanes.

u8mymeat
23rd November 2008, 04:41
for all that $$ i could buy the wife here own scoot lol

For that price I could buy a hot Russian wife:smoke

perdiehm
23rd November 2008, 04:52
You could put the sidecar on the left side... it 'ud be quieter there, wouldn't it???

My buddy 1 Eye (lost his right eye when he was young) has been trying to find a good deal on a sidecar for some time now. He wants to mount it on the left side because he has no peripheral vision or vision on the right side. He rides on the out side line of the road always so he can see who ever is riding beside him. He had another good point when you put it on the right you cover up the best looking side of the bike.
By the way your bike looks killer with the sidecar.:clap:clap:clap

just_ee
4th December 2008, 01:31
Looks good! I would like to add a sidcar bike to my garage someday.

hd1918
15th April 2009, 01:05
I shouldn't think anyone with a sidecar passes many cars, do they?

(Newbie) I pass a lot of cars with my Sporty/hack outfit.:tour

CelticWarrior47
15th April 2009, 02:10
(Newbie) I pass a lot of cars with my Sporty/hack outfit.:tour
I dont think he's refering to PARKED CARS!:p

and for those who are thinkin' about taking the puppy along...
http://inlinethumb31.webshots.com/39454/2396408740100948521S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2396408740100948521wHCdUZ)

hd1918
15th April 2009, 04:44
[QUOTE=CelticWarrior47;1868662]I don't think he's referring to PARKED CARS!:p

Neither was I.Photo radar'd at 147kph .To be tested at the Edmonton Speedway in July to attain 165kph. Unfortunately it has cost me $27,000.00 to get this far.
:wonderlan:caflag:

mjbogrand
15th April 2009, 05:38
Base Price
Texas Sidecar Ranger Model $3695.00
Packaging and Crating for surface shipment in the U.S. (not required for pickup at factory) $175.00

Shipping charges are "freight collect." Please call for Estimate.

OPTIONS
Seat (lap) belts $40.00

BODY FINISH OPTIONS
Gloss Black Gelcoat No Charge

That's half as much as a Ural with a side car.I think I would go that direction.
As the dog owners have said,well 1 would love it and the other would sh!t herself.

CelticWarrior47
15th April 2009, 14:08
[QUOTE= I.Photo radar'd at 147kph .To be tested at the Edmonton Speedway in July to attain 165kph. Unfortunately it has cost me $27,000.00 to get this far.
:wonderlan:caflag:[/QUOTE]

147KPH is 91MPH for the USA audience, 165KPH is a more respectable 102.5 MPH. Looks like your gonna have to spend another $3300 to make it.:laugh My resprocketed 650cc rig, the one with the dog in it would do 93MPH alot cheaper. Incidently the LSR for <650cc nonstreamlined is appx 118MPH. Get your wallet out for an 883 or 1200cc. Good luck at Edmonton:clap

Ed

bigjnsa
15th April 2009, 15:00
That's half as much as a Ural with a side car.I think I would go that direction.
As the dog owners have said,well 1 would love it and the other would sh!t herself.

When I work at another campus, there is always a Ural with sidecar. I have never seen who rides it, but man, it looks totally cool. He (or she) has a desert themed military paint job. Oh, I found it!

http://www.imz-ural.com/gearup/

Folkie
15th April 2009, 15:08
You can get those with two wheeled drive. Unfortunately we're not allowed them over here. :frownthre

Erik
15th April 2009, 16:02
I think the sidecar looks beautifull on your 883R. Really, like it's made for it.
Have fun !!

mjbogrand
15th April 2009, 18:56
When I work at another campus, there is always a Ural with sidecar. I have never seen who rides it, but man, it looks totally cool. He (or she) has a desert themed military paint job. Oh, I found it!

http://www.imz-ural.com/gearup/

Damn those have really gone up in price!
OK so I haven't looked for a couple years.
But the 2WD gives you year 'round riding.

kccos
18th May 2009, 17:16
very cool!!

hoggy
29th September 2009, 12:36
sidecars are cool. can you "fly" it yet? call me crazy, but i've always wanted to have one set up to drive from the sidecar, and freak people out.

hd1918
30th September 2009, 02:02
sidecars are cool. can you "fly" it yet? call me crazy, but i've always wanted to have one set up to drive from the sidecar, and freak people out.

Kinda like this one?
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p26/beemerwhacked/sidecaryoucandrive-1.jpg
:banana

Loner
5th October 2009, 05:27
To make some extra cash you could get a "taxi" permit and haul drunks home on Fri-Sat nights and if they feel the need to expel you already got an open door for them and if they got too problematic one good shove with your foot and out they go:rolleyes:
Talk about getting the boot (sorry:D)

joesporty
5th October 2009, 05:47
thats awesome...ive always wanted to ride in a sidecar.....ive seen one attached to a goldwind...had heat/air and a few speakers...in a fully enclosed capsule.....but i like yours alot better....take me for a ride...