You could probably go as far back in year as to the point where HD started using Heim (ball-type) joints to mount the sidecar. This would include all of the years of sidecars for FL's that were rubber-mounted.Souper-Bee said:Thanks for the reply, yes I am aware of the HO belt. From what I have read the rake makes it like having power steering. But if you do that then you would have to change the rake when you wanted to ride without the sidecar.Not sure if you really need it. Hopefully someone can answer that question also
Archon said:Newultraclassic is right about the hook ups and that once Harley had raked trees. The steering damper thing is their solution today but if you want a better fix you can get raked trees from Liberty Sidecar (see their web site). Make sure the sidecar you fit is around 250 pounds or more or it'll be too light for the motorcycle and be a problem on corners. Also be aware that putting on a sidecar is a conversion. You really are creating an entirely new vehicle that has a completely different dynamic - different from automobiles and motorcycles. Also plan on spending about 500 very careful practice miles before you'll be able to take it out on the interstates. The first right turn will either scare the s h i t out of you or kill you. Better yet take a training course. I put a sidecar on my 2003 standard road king this past December and I've had a ball with it but it but I practiced a long, long time before I felt proficient. Your years of solo riding are good for understanding traffic situations and basic controls but you need to treat this as a brand new thing - like your sixteen years old again and just starting out. One thing that is kind of funny about sidecars is that you get noticed like nothing else. Its like your on a steam locomotive or something. Everyone wants to talk to you about it. Good luck in your hunt for a sidecar. Check out the United Sidecar Association's website. They have lots of second hand hacks for sale.
toybox99615 said:OK I like my hack as much as my other bikes. And true it will cost more as a hack will eat tires like the are free. But like everything else in life if you want that kind of toy you just have to pay the price.
Personally I'd never own a Harley sidecar unit. IMHO they bounce like a rubber ball when they go down the road because the suspension was designed back in the 20's. I'd look at some of the better units like the Motorvation. And as previously pointed out you have to be able to adjust the bike and sidecar for road camber and different loads. If you don't the rig will handle great for one set of conditions and scare you at other times. Harley simply does not offer that option.
Once you get a hack you'll love it. You might check out the web for the few good sites on sidecar operation before you jump on and freak out.
Three weeks ago I purchased a new Ural Retro w/ sidecar. Road it 1700 miles with the SO from Bellingham, Wa, to LosAngeles, right down the coast on route 1/101. Got home last saturday.Archon said:My outfit is a Road King with Liberty. They are excellent but pricey.... Hey isn't that the story with Harley Davidsons?
You state that you're riding an Ural with sidecar and then mention "ordering a SC for my Roadking" so I've got to ask the obvious.... what are you riding? A Ural or a Harley? Are you a troll?gbenner said:Three weeks ago I purchased a new Ural Retro w/ sidecar. Road it 1700 miles with the SO from Bellingham, Wa, to LosAngeles, right down the coast on route 1/101. Got home last saturday.
All the comments about how different it is to ride a hack are UNDERSTATED.-2$en#e-
Had the time of my life, in process of ordering a SC for my RoadKing from Liberty.
btw, the raked triple trees are "only" $750. You won't beleive this, but I have heard of guys spending this much on chrome:banmep:
Actually I ride quite a few bikes, Harley, BMW and Ducati the most. (I think Motorcycle Consumer News calls it "Multiple Bike Disorder".Archon said:You state that you're riding an Ural with sidecar and then mention "ordering a SC for my Roadking" so I've got to ask the obvious.... what are you riding? A Ural or a Harley? Are you a troll?