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    New to sidecars

    Greetings,

    Are there any articles or advice for an experienced BMW rider that is considering a first sidecar rig?

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum!
    The most recommended book I know of is the “Yellow Book” by David Hough.

    Driving A Sidecar Outfit
    A Step by Step manual on learning to drive a motorcycle/sidecar combination These skills will also translate to Trike drivers too! A must have for any 3rd Wheel rider/driver
    This manual was created and published by volunteers from the USCA Sidecar Safety Program about driving a motorcycle/sidecar combination. When it was originally published, this manual was intended to serve as a complete do-it-yourself training guide, in the absence of a three-wheeler training course.
    Written by David L. Hough, under the direction of Ed Johnson, with production assistance by Hal Kendall, Ph.D.


    https://www.dmcsidecars.com/yellow-book/

    It’s been talked about many times here on the forum. Personally, it seems like you drive them more than “riding” them.
    Good luck.
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    In addition to the Yellow Book there is an online booklet authored by Hal Kendall, one of the co-founders of the United Sidecar Association. USCA runs a low-volume Forum on their site and someone there is always willing to answer a question.

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    Howdy and welcome. Depending on where you live there may be courses available that you can take to get a good introduction to riding a sidecar. Washington State and Virginia are known for their training courses. I’m sure there others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panzer View Post
    Greetings,

    Are there any articles or advice for an experienced BMW rider that is considering a first sidecar rig?

    Thanks!
    If you’ve never driven one I’d highly suggest going to a Ural dealer and taking one for a test drive. You may not like the brand or the lack of power, but Urals are properly setup from the factory and the experience will tell you what a dialed in hack feels like. Every other sidecar rig on the road is a custom or semi-custom job.

    Pete
    '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!
    http://travelswithbarley.com/

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    Panzer What kind of sidecar rig you have or thinking about, a touring or sport or high performance one.

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    Panzer What kind of sidecar rig you have or thinking about, a touring or sport or high performance one.
    Just like any motorcycle purchase, how you plan to use it is the first consideration.
    Mike Currin
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    There is a learning curve. Some of us take to it like a duck stuck on dry land and others don't. Take it slow, ask for help. Best to buy a cheap one, discover whether you like it or not then move up. If you like the ride, then expect to seriously invest. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by panzer View Post
    Greetings,

    Are there any articles or advice for an experienced BMW rider that is considering a first sidecar rig?

    Thanks!
    Where are you located? There maybe someone nearby who will work with you and maybe take a spin on it.

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