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Features of riding a motorcycle with a sidecar

There are usually two average reviews about driving motorcycles with a sidecar. Some claim that having a trailer is a big problem that always gets in the way and pulls the motorcycle to the side, or even overturns you at every turn. Others say, they say, from experience, the wheelchair is not even felt and the matter lies in habit, and so the wheelchair is a worthy unit, if you drive without unnecessary body movements, adjust the wheel alignment correctly.

To understand where many of the accusations against sidecar motorcycles come from, you should first read the previous article.

Features of the position on the road

Before talking about the corners that are intimidating to almost all new sidecar riders, you need to understand the situation on the road. The presence of a side trailer adds to your hassle, because your dimensions are now much wider, and you sit on your side and always worry if you will carry that poor Oka that you want to overtake with a stroller?

The side trailer should be on the side of the curb, and the motorcycle with the driver on the side of oncoming traffic in order to objectively assess the situation. In some countries where the principle of road traffic differs from ours, for example, in England, for example, a side trailer is attached on the left side, while in our country it is on the right.

In any case, the driver should have the maximum view of the road. Of course, you will have to forget about the aisle. From now on, you occupy yourself almost the entire strip. Look out for rolled tracks, protruding road edges and curbs.

If you are driving on a multi-lane road, try to occupy the extreme slow-moving lane so as not to make unnecessary changes.

Turns

The first rule when cornering on a wheelchair is smoothness – at high speed, a sharp turn will always equal a fall. The bottom line is that in motorcycles with a sidecar, the wheel does not tilt, but it turns. Therefore, where you might enter at an increased speed due to the tilt of the motorcycle, you will not fit into a turn until you crank the handlebars properly.

Stop braking before entering the corner and start accelerating after passing the apex. The fact is that the sidecar (without a drive or brake on it) begins to pull towards itself during acceleration or deceleration, since the motorcycle has no symmetry and the braking / acceleration of the sidecar differs from the same processes for a motorcycle.

Skidding during cornering from increased speed or braking can be used, but it’s an experience. The higher the speed at which you want to turn, the harder the steering wheel will turn.

Left turn

A case where the difference in braking between a trailer and a motorcycle can actually help you get into a corner. When you brake before a left turn or downshift, the motorcycle rests on the sidecar, which in turn takes a larger radius. The side trailer is trying to overtake the braking motorcycle and here the main thing is to catch the edge so that it does not take you off the trajectory.

When turning left, it is not recommended to use the front brake. And if the maneuver is too steep, you should align the trajectory as soon as the wheelchair begins to rise from the ground.

Right turn

In the right turn on the outside of the radius, the motorcycle itself is already moving, therefore, at the moment the sidecar runs forward (due to the difference in the braking / acceleration speed), it tries to overturn you if you press the motorcycle’s brakes at the time of maneuvering. The same thing happens when you do not have time to turn the steering wheel to the end. The correct decision would be to enter with slightly open throttle, because this motorcycle must have time to taxi in first and turn the trailer behind it, and not vice versa. The trajectory of the turn should be smooth; with a sharp turn, the wheelchair may again try to rebel.

By the way, with a loaded stroller, the right turn will be easier.

Braking

Balance, sidecar adjustment and loading, wheel traction and braking system determine the behavior of the motorcycle when braking. If the sidecar’s grip is worse than the motorcycle or the brakes are weaker, the sidecar will pull forward. When the sidecar is loaded, the motorcycle is more stable on the road. Sidecar motorcycles have a longer stopping distance. This should be borne in mind when choosing a distance in the stream.

If you make a mistake with the front brake and stop the bike too abruptly, then a highside, falling over the handlebars, can be a reality. On motorcycles with a trailer, engine braking with retrofit brakes is a safe bet.

Conclusion:

Motorcycles with a side trailer are much more stable in different weather conditions and road conditions, however, they have their own specifics of maneuvering, which you need to get used to. Almost all professional, experienced motorcyclists are advised to roll off public roads in order to feel to the smallest detail the peculiarities of left and right turns, as well as to understand the dimensions.

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