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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 09-28-2007, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of getting a sidecar for my Bonneville. Anyone out there put one on? How do you like it? How long did it take to get use to handling the rig?
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ditto on that one! I am wondering if any of the antique side cars would be adaptable for the modern bonnies....It would seem that any sidecar should be adaptable with some fitting or welding of brackets....
Any info would be appreciated along with some pics if you are able...
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did some research prior to purchasing the one pictured from Motorvation (www.motorvation.com) and the only other new one I liked, that had a vintage look to it, was the Cozy sidecar, which is popular with the Royal Enfields. I was advised to stay away from Cozy only because it was too light for a Bonneville.

Motorvation also sells their sidecar mounts that may be adaptable to other sidecars.

It's a lot different than riding solo but it doesn't take long to get used to. It pulss right when accelerating, left when stopping and has some handlebar vibration at the start. It cruises pretty good at 60. I would definitely carry some weight in the sidecar if you don't have a passenger because it WILL lift on right hand turns.

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Old 09-28-2007, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had a Yamaha Venture with a California Sidecar (kinda looked like a Batman pod) and I always had to carry sandbags in the car when I didn't have a passenger. That first time the hack lifts in right hand turn will ceratinly get your attention. Turns out a hack wasn't my cup o' tea although I could never quite shake the feeling it wasn't set up correctly before it came my way, oh-so-cool to look at and very hard (IMO) to drive.
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a Ural sidecar rig, & I got it from www.wagnerscycle.com and they know their stuff. You use to be able to buy "stand alone" new sidecars from Ural & I don't know why that would have changed. Look 'em up they will do you right!
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Might I suggest this sidecar option that UncleCharlie sent me!
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hedge that is GREAT! I want those handle bars on my bike, upside down of course! Its like the first moped powered wheelchair. Really, I would own one though.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I broached the idea of a sidecar to my better half. My lovely, middle-aged accountant wife poo-pooed the sidecar as dorky, comedic, and slapstick. And frankly I think she's right.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I broached the idea of a sidecar to my better half. My lovely, middle-aged accountant wife poo-pooed the sidecar as dorky, comedic, and slapstick. And frankly I think she's right.

Hey, I resemble that remark. Actually, I get compliments, waves, thumbs up etc., all the time. Handling is very different. Steering is no longer counter-steering, it's the reverse. Like steering a tricycle. You get used to it. Mine is '72 Hack, so I guess you can call it an antique. Any good sidecar builder can fabricate mounts for your bike. I had mine done at Dauntless in Seattle, although the work was top notch, they didn't follow my directions and refused to correct the problem, so I had to have a local welder fix it. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. That being said, the mounts are such that the hack can be removed in 15 minutes so I can ride solo. I love riding with the hack. My kids love it to. So does the Rottie. I also love riding without the hack. I have the best of both worlds. Dorky and Cool...







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