Originally Posted by Boatzo
We sat on a Can AM and didn't really care for it, same for a trike but never rode either so I cannot be very objective. I made the decision some time back to try a sidecar and after a lot of research and help and advice from others, (particularly Loren), I decided not to connect it to the LT, it just didn't look like a good match.
A few random comments to various things noted in your post. I've owned one sidecar rig and am putting another together. I participate in an on line sidecar community, the Internet Sidecar Owners Klub, which is a yahoo group administered by Claude Stanley, a true genius in sidecaring. If you've not discovered them yet, check them out at: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/SCT/
, and if you wish, sign up for their on line email discussion group. There are a number old hands at assembling sidecar rigs there who are very generous with advice, as well as numerous owners of about any bike-car combination you can imagine. They're a wealth of knowledge on rigging and operating sidecars.
I'm currently assembling my rig using a GL1500 Wing because a) I got the Wing rather cheap and b) it doesn't require a subframe like the LT does. However, the LT does make an excellent chair hauler and numerous examples of superb rigs are out there. If my budget allowed for my rig to be professionally assembled, I'd build it around the LT. But the fun of any properly rigged sidecar is worth the effort, what ever the bike and car chosen. I hope you get your Triumph based unit together successfully and have a blast with it.
I have one friend, an older female experienced rider, who developed orthopedic issues that made it painful to support a two wheeled bike at stop signs. She bought a nice, used LT, had Hannigan do their trike conversion, and loves the resulting rig. Pricey, but quality workmanship indeed. LT based Hannigan trikes (and sidecars) are really quality setups. But they are not cheap.
I've ridden a standard CAN-AM Spyder. It's a well engineered unit but the riding position isn't comfortable for everyone. The newer touring version has a much more comfortable riding position for the operator and passenger. But the unit is somewhat expensive.
You're certainly not alone in needing to move away from a heavier two wheeled bike. LT's are fantastic motorcycles, but none of us can change the laws of physics, and as we all inevitably grow a bit older, gravity and age do what they do.