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Old 04-22-2014, 01:14 PM   #1
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Swinging side car . . .

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Old 04-22-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

I am intrigued, what more do you have on this hack?
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Me likey.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

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I am intrigued, what more do you have on this hack?
This is not mine. I saw a post in the K1600Forum...
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

I don't know if it's just me, but does anyone else feel like this isn't necessarily the safest idea?

What I mean is, if the rider needs to go deeper into their right turn, wouldn't the side-car's body be blocking his potential safe zone?

I don't know - I could be wrong, but that's just what it looks like in the video. As a matter of fact, it looks like the body becomes a problem at 2:05.

Not only that, but if the rider needs to swerve to the right for whatever reason, and if there's a barrier or an object to the right, then isn't the passenger's life basically compromised?


I feel like these side cars aren't such a good idea lol
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:34 PM   #6
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

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What I mean is, if the rider needs to go deeper into their right turn, wouldn't the side-car's body be blocking his potential safe zone?
You just have to adjust your riding. With a conventional sidecar you can't lean at all - I would think this setup would be safe in corners up to a much higher speed than a regular sidecar rig (assuming the passenger is just a passenger and not actively participating like in a sidecar race). The safe corner speed would probably still be somewhat less than without a sidecar though.

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I don't know - I could be wrong, but that's just what it looks like in the video. As a matter of fact, it looks like the body becomes a problem at 2:05.
It does look like he may have lost traction on that corner, but that's from going in too hot. On the plus side, the sidecar may have saved him from a lowside crash.

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Not only that, but if the rider needs to swerve to the right for whatever reason, and if there's a barrier or an object to the right, then isn't the passenger's life basically compromised?
Isn't that the same in a four wheeled car? I know I don't want the driver to swerve the right half of the car into a concrete barrier when I'm in the passenger seat.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:01 PM   #7
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

I like it. I think that curve at 2:05 was him goosing it into a slide.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:05 PM   #8
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Pretty cool.

Reminds me of the Equilean I saw in Colorado years ago.

Anything that let's the motorcycle be a motorcycle is a plus in my book.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:50 PM   #9
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

The one I built for my Guzzi did not slow me down in right hand corners as I usually did not drag the floorboards. I could lean into the car to within a inch and a half of the board dragging. It was still as stable as solo at 105mph with a full load of camping gear.

In the pic you can see the lean stop that catches the crashbars just in front and to the right of the step beside of the car.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:58 PM   #10
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Unlike the Equilean, the Schwenker sidecar does not lean. Only the bike leans.

One thing I have to say in favor of sidecar outfits, it would let a precision sized rider like me wheel around on that long legged BMW HP2 I would not even consider otherwise. And my dog could come with me. She would love it.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:27 PM   #11
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

What would happen if the side car hit a Austin pot hole on a sirious lean and the M/C didn't?
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:33 AM   #12
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Something would, but it is one of the things a solo or rig rider tries to avoid. It is a lot harder to miss that hole on a trike.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:32 AM   #13
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Saw this new video, check how quick they disconnect the sidecar at the ~ 8:10 min mark

https://youtu.be/43z4Dm0xa-U
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:37 AM   #14
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

He is an excellent rider. A passenger almost has him sharing the car on hard right turns. I guess with him leaning there's less risk of unloading the car. It looks like a great rig for faster riders.
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

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One thing I have to say in favor of sidecar outfits, it would let a precision sized rider like me wheel around on that long legged BMW HP2 I would not even consider otherwise. And my dog could come with me. She would love it.
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:12 PM   #16
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

If I did not ride so much gravel, I would still have a leaner.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:03 AM   #17
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

pretty nice actually
seems like you'd never fly the chair with this leaner
would love to try one
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Old 07-16-2015, 05:12 PM   #18
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Hi,

it`s me - the owner of the orange K1600GT Swing.

My introduction

Driving a leaner is not more dangerous than driving a solo-bike -

but please consider : my friend Cowy with his HP2-Schwenker is more of a Stuntman than a regular Driver.


Any questions ?

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Old 07-24-2015, 10:33 AM   #19
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Re: Swinging side car . . .

Sorry, did not know where to post it...:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=58&v=ximbGh4Q48M
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