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Sidecar or trike - why?

Okay, I thought I'd pose this question to see how you all think - if you had the choice of 2 identical bikes, one with a sidecar and one with a trike conversion, which one would you choose, and why? And to get more opinions, which one would you NOT choose, and why not?

Let's try and keep it somewhat technical, no personal attacks, okay?

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Sidecar, because you can go back to two wheels if you want.
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In days of old when knights were bold and road draft crankcase ventilation was the norm the sidecar made sense as you could keep the powered and steering tires to the side of the oil track.

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Sidecar, because a trike looks like you are getting old and can't keep a motorcycle up on your own. A side car looks like you are just making accommodations for someone else.

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both. and this is only proly my thoughts .keep your bike put a sidecar on it then trike your other bike. but i like doing stuff . my wife says i have, c l s a, and i do have ,cant leave stuff alone.i will not ever git over it .it is a life long illness . really get em both you will ride em both.

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Sidecar, because you can go back to two wheels if you want.
about twenty minutes to take off a side car. if you dont change the steering and brakes.you riding a two wheeler again.
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Sidecar,its cheaper,I had one on my 85 and it takes a bit to be able to operate it properly,espically in right turns at speed,I used a bag of cement in mine when no one was in it and it can be removed.
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Best of both? I have seen others where the side car tub leans with the bike. I like the BMW design. Looks like it handles most like a two wheeler than the others.
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Best of both? I have seen others where the side car tub leans with the bike. I like the BMW design. Looks like it handles most like a two wheeler than the others.

The Equalean sidecar has been around since the 70s and it wasn't the first.

http://improvelife.info/links/bikes/flexit.htm

There are leaning front end trikes, too.

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Good thoughts all! The reason we went with the sidecar was because of my wife - she used to ride pillion on my cruiser, but after having knee replacements she found it difficult to mount the bike. We tried a trike but she still had problems mounting and dismounting, and the seat ergonomics played hell with her hips. One day we stopped in at a local Ural dealer and she tried the hack seat and fell in love! We bought a Ural and rode it for 6 years until we got tired of its limitations and upgraded to our GL1500SE. The hack seat it came with was a fiberglass shell with an inch of foam padding and was not what one thinks of when the word "comfort" is mentioned! So I replaced it with a seat made for CJ5 Jeeps - fully padded, with the wire suspension underneath the padding - my wife is now completely comfortable and happy, which means I'm happy!

Anyway, that's our story - we prefer the sidecar due to the seating comfort. An added bonus is she has an unobstructed view forward instead of looking over my helmet!
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