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post #1 of 6 Old Nov 12th, 2006, 1:14 am Thread Starter
 
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Tell me about sidecars.

I'm not in the market for one, but have been thinking about one recently. I enjoy my motorcycle, and would like to share it with my wife, but she has a bad back, and I/we aren't sure if she would be comfortable riding on a bike. Plus, any kind of incident, even the most minor of falls, would put her in a lot of pain, and almost always ends up with a trip to the emergency room.

So I thought about a sidecar. I don't even know if one can be fitted to a K1200LT, or if I'd need another bike, if I ever decided to get one. I know that you ride/drive them differently than a regular motorcycle.

So. Anybody know anything about them and/or have experience with them?
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I'm not in the market for one, but have been thinking about one recently. I enjoy my motorcycle, and would like to share it with my wife, but she has a bad back, and I/we aren't sure if she would be comfortable riding on a bike. Plus, any kind of incident, even the most minor of falls, would put her in a lot of pain, and almost always ends up with a trip to the emergency room.

So I thought about a sidecar. I don't even know if one can be fitted to a K1200LT, or if I'd need another bike, if I ever decided to get one. I know that you ride/drive them differently than a regular motorcycle.

So. Anybody know anything about them and/or have experience with them?
I've owned 3 of them over the years,lots of fun but different.Check out Hannigan,they make them specifically for the LT as well as a terrific trike.
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post #3 of 6 Old Nov 12th, 2006, 6:12 am
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I would test drive one before even thinking any further.Putting a side car on a LT would be like putting an anchor on a race horse.I had a sidecar on my FLH Harley for a while and can't even begin to tell you how much I hated it.They take a lot more effort to drive,and handle like crap.I also found out most everything and everyone I put in the sidecar was exactly what I needed to get away from to enjoy riding.You will definitly need two bikes because the one with the side car is gonna collect a lot of dust .just my 2 cents

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Thanks for the replies. I just noticed there is a whole section here about them. (Duhhhhhhh)
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post #5 of 6 Old Nov 12th, 2006, 2:59 pm
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Hi Wayne , I have had 3 sidecar rigs so far . Right now we have a Hannigan 2+2 on our 2002 K1200LT ... Hannigan make a nice rig ,and if you want a sidecar that you can take off, or put on when you want . There's can be done in 1/2 hour or so .

But it won't handle as well as a as dedicated sidecar rig . the stock front end on an LT isn't the best set up for that kind of work . You can get Hannigan's heavy front spring & there steering right ( or what ever they call it ) for a LT . And you will have a real nice rig that will go , stop , & turn . But you will not be able to ride it as a 2 wheeler and more .

Most sidecar folks have more that one bike out in the shed . Usually there sidecar bike has had some kind of modification to the front end , so you can get the thing to turn easier . But like I said once you move the front wheel out , you really can't ride it as a two wheel anymore .

I hope that this is of some help ...patric ...

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See my new message about the Champion sidecars on the LT.
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