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Thread: Do I need reverse on Sidecar rig?

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    Larry xlarry's Avatar
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    Nov 2013
    Richardson, Texas

    Do I need reverse on Sidecar rig?

    I am almost 72 and as I have gotten older I am thinking sidecar. I have a 2013 RT and it would be my cheapest option to get a sidecar for it. (I assume.)

    It appears that reverse is not an easy option so my question is how hard is it to push a rig back out of the garage? Once out of the garage my driveway has a downward slope so it would be easier to go backwards. The driveway is a double car one, so would that be enough space to get the rig turned around?
    Midnight Blue 2013 BMW R1200RT (36,092 miles from 9/24/13 thru 9/23/2014)
    2010 Harley Road Glide (gone after 61,964 miles)
    2001 Harley Electra Glide (gone after 138,048 miles)

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    Jan 2009
    Craftsbury, Vermont
    I have a fully loaded GSA with a Hannigan hack. Extra fuel in rotopax. Five gallons of water for the dog. Never had a bit of trouble pushing it backwards. Backing out of the garage I just sit on it and use my left foot to push the rig backwards. On a slight uphill I brace my hip against the pannier and use my legs to push. Easy. Can't do that with my two wheeler. I think most of the effort goes into trying to keep the bike upright. With a sidecar that's not an issue.

    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!

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    Registered User 6322's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
    Riggins, ID
    As with a solo bike you learn to park using the natural slope to your advantage. When backing, gravity is your friend. Don't pull into a downslope parking spot. Pull past it and roll backward into it. On the flat, if you're set up properly, you shouldn't have any trouble pushing back. Regarding the width of your driveway turning around, making a 'T' turn around shouldn't be a problem. You'll just learn to use the slope and your momentum to your advantage.

    On a side note, you mentioned putting a sidecar on your existing bike. That's always an option, usually an expensive option. You might look at a hack already set up and dialed in. Also if you haven't ridden a hack, get some help or guidance from an experienced hacker, and take it easy. Nothing even remotely similar to riding a solo bike. Anyway, have a great 2016 riding season. Ride easy,
    Gary Phillips - #6322
    Wildland Firefighter, Retired, Riggins, ID
    Heartland Moto Locos BMW Riders
    '77 R100/7 Dirt Hack, '83 R80ST, '85 K100RS w/EML, '93 K1100LT, '00 R1100RS

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    Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat Omega Man's Avatar
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    I'm told David Hough's "yellow book" is a good place to start learning \|/ wheels.

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    When I was first shopping for a sidecar I asked that question and was told you'll only once park where you would need reverse to get out, twice if you aren't too bright.

    As noted already, gravity is your friend.
    Mike Currin
    2020 R1250RS
    93 K1100RS / EML Speed 2000 sidecar
    06 Ducati ST3, 67 Triumph 650 Chopper

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    Boxers uber alles sagerat's Avatar
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    Jul 2006
    Central Oregon
    I have a Ural and once you have reverse you are ruined. Although I love the quote about you only park head-in on a downslope once or twice. I agree it's cheaper to buy an existing sidecar outfit than hacking one's current ride.

    Careful, once you go hack you'll never go back. Sidecars are addicting.

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    Mar 2010
    Lethbridge Alberta
    Yes always cheaper to buy an existing rig, easy to push around on a hard surface and you will learn to park up hill or in a fashion that lets you get out easily.
    1995 R100Rt with Kenna Sidecar, 1986 K100RT

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    Registered User story's Avatar
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    Sep 2013
    Redding, Ca.
    I agree with what everyone has said so far. My K1200GT with a Hannigan wide seat car, is easy to push around.
    Where some extra strength comes in is turning the thing. The bike has the stock front end (something I need to look into changing),
    and is a bear to handle in the twisty's. It's like driving an old farm truck with steering by arm-strong.
    Enjoying life in the beautiful state of Jefferson
    2013 K1600GTL : 2004 VTX1800c : 2007 K1200GT with Hannigen sidecar

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