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Project by MNbuzzdust posted 03-28-2009 10:17 AM 3374 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is truly a project of “necessity is the Mother of all invention”.
We have been riding sidecars since our kids were little (now 14,14,15) We started out with 2 seaters because 3 small children could fit in a 2 seater…. When they grew bigger we were in trouble. There is really only one company in the world that makes a true 3-4 seat model and they only make about 3 a yr and run about $8000. I am way to cheap to buy one so after about a yr of planning and then 3 months of building we were rolling. I hate sidecars really as they feel like driving a big boat and you lose the “motorcycle feel” but I want our kids to be part of the fun and they love riding too. Wow they grow up fast. This one has been on the road 3 yrs now and we cant hardly stop for gas because someone almost always walks over and starts asking questions…. Well I added a second gas tank so we can stop less often for gas. Bike gets 40 mpg without the rig but only 20-25 with the car attached and If its really windy we take the car. LOL

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#1 posted 03-28-2009 10:39 AM

Like it! You should see some of the rigs they build here in the Philippines. I once counted 7 people and a chicken on one powered by a 125cc yamaha! Is that a vulcan its bolted to?

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 03-28-2009 11:14 AM

Thanks. Its an Intruder 1500. If our chickens that get near it they get they become next Sundays dinner. LOL

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#3 posted 03-28-2009 12:23 PM

That’s quite the rig…. I don’t know how you can put up with a side hack like that, but all is not lost..At your kids ages, it won’t be long before you are out buying them some Boulevard S40’s….. :-)

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 03-28-2009 03:01 PM

Ain’t that something! I use an ATV for hunting but never have been on a motorcycle in my life. I would ride with you anytime. You did a beautiful job building this unit. What makes it extra special is that your family is doing someting together. Way to go DAD! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-28-2009 03:13 PM

Wow…what a project. No wonder people stop you wherever you go.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-28-2009 06:23 PM

Really cool…

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#7 posted 03-28-2009 06:48 PM

thats really wild. I like looking at these old diy projects from the 30’s and 40’s and it reminds me of those tear drop trailers that people used to build to go on vacation. this is a really creative idea.

-- Got Wood?

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#8 posted 03-28-2009 08:47 PM

Thank you all for the kind words.
I didn’t mention our oldest some is handicaped and has a seizure disorder so he cannot even ride on the back of a motorcycle. So we will be using a sidecar forever unfortunately. But we can at least get it down to a smaller model in a few more years.

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#9 posted 03-28-2009 10:25 PM

Wow that’s the coolest. I want one and I don’t own a bike. Kinda looks like a mini RV connected to your
motorcycle. Great job what caring and loving parents.


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 03-28-2009 10:40 PM

Very, very nice. This is one of the most creative projects I’ve seen here!

How about some details on the construction?

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#11 posted 03-29-2009 12:31 AM

look there’s only one question really are you all having fun?So long as it’s safe what the heck.I remember klots of these around Scotland when I was a boy just ten years after the war good luck you did a great job.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 03-29-2009 03:35 AM

that’s cool…i bet you have some great stories being on the road…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 03-29-2009 10:39 AM

This amazing project prompted me to dig out this old pic (nothing to do with woodwork!) showing the last outfit I had on the road. Around 1963.
Square four

Somewhat different eh?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 03-29-2009 01:51 PM

That is very cool. Do they make you buy a seperate license tag for it? I’m sure they’re working on it if they don’t already…Lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 03-31-2009 06:43 AM

Very creative, and a wonderful job you did on it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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