Showing posts with label Sidecars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sidecars. Show all posts

Friday, December 04, 2009

An alternative to using a sidecar?

Want the stability of three wheels and more cargo space? Own a Goldwing or a Harley Davidson Electraglide type motorcycle? Then the folks at Tow-Pac Inc may be a place for you to visit.

I ran across this "side mounted trailer" for these specific motorcycles at Mike Werner's "Bikes in the Fast Lane" website. Being a budding sidecarist, the title of his posting intrigued me and drew me in: Motorcycle Trailer As Sidecar

source: Bikes in the Fast Lane

There's more information, not much more but some, at the manufacturer's website: LINK

Apparently, it's a simple to mount/dismount system requiring no changes to your motorcycle. You gain the stability of a third wheel and about 8 cubic feet of lockable storage space. I must confess the "automatic leveling system" it boasts seems interesting but not enough to write them for information.

Is it a replacement for a real sidecar? I doubt it, though I imagine that snowy streets will be more manageable with this kit mounted. You can't carry people or animals so it lacks the "monkey" factor in useability.

No idea how "supportive" that trailer is in terms of holding up the tug or motorcycle either, you'll have to ask the folks at tow-pac.

Still, an interesting concept, and if you just can't leave home without wanting to bring along more than your motorcycle's saddlebags can hold.....

I'd be curious to see what the cost is.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My new Hero: Hubert Kriegel

I'd never heard of the man till this month's edition of the BMW Motorcycle Owner's Association publication of Owner's News. I am very glad that they did a write up on this guy, nay on this adventurer!

Hubert Kriegel is his name, a sidecar rig rider, in his early 60's, and criss-crossing his way around the world on a ten year adventure! He basically sold everything he had, equipped himself at first with a R100GSPD Tug mated to Ural Sidecar and off he went.

He's now on his fifth year of traveling the world and apparently has switched to using a Ural Sidecar rig; at least while he's in Russia....which is his current location apparently.

I got the following photos from the BMWMOA online version of the magazine article: The Timeless Ride.



As you can see, neither heat nor cold stop this guy from exploring the remote corners of our planet while on his sidecar rig. This guy is my new Hero!

Here's Mr Kriegel's website: The Timeless Ride , there's tons of pictures there, of which I've seen just a small amount during my lunchtime break.

As I mentioned before, the pictures and initial info are from the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association's website: LINK