Riding with a Sidecar

Different than riding standard two-wheeled motorcycles

Riding a motorcycle with a sidecar is a lot different than riding your standard two-wheeled motorcycle. The purpose of leaning is not as effective when riding with the mass of a sidecar. A motorcycle with a sidecar is safe as long as the bike is set up to ride correctly with one. Depending on the model, the side car may or may not have a drive wheel. Either way it will not really change the way the motorcycle is ridden. A side car with a drive wheel may tend to go in a straight line, where as one without the drive wheel will be unaffected.

If the sidecar is properly set up, the bike will track straight down the road. Lean against the turns. On right turns, the side car will want to rise off the ground. The rider will want to lean as if there was no sidecar attached. The best method of preventing this is to reduce your speed before coming into a right turn and do not panic or overcorrect when the sidecar begins to rise.

When making left turns, the sidecar can carry more speed. If going too fast the sidecar’s nose will begin to dip and cause the rear wheel of the motorcycle to rise off the ground. Unfortunately in some situations where speeding up or stopping aggressively is unavoidable, the sidecar will lift from the ground.

It is best to practice riding with a sidecar to actually get acquainted with lifting it off the ground. Practicing in closed courses, beginning slowly and going faster, will help the rider get used to the weight of the sidecar. When it lifts off the ground while riding on-road, the rider will be able to adjust on the fly without panicking. An experienced sidecar rider can hold the sidecar in the air with ease. Practicing with weight in the sidecar is a great way to get used to it with the weight of a person. Create a small obstacle course in a closed lot. Riding through and around cones will help prepare for real life situations.

Motorcycle with Sidecar

Once the rider has had enough practice and enough confidence, a passenger can join. Sidecars prove to be enjoyable for the passenger since they have a low center of balance and an unobstructed forward view. The passenger should have protective riding gear and know the rules of riding on a motorcycle. They must understand a sidecar can come off the ground and not to panic and overcompensate their weight. Enjoy these tips for a fun and safe ride for the both of you! Ride safely!