Motorcycle Sidecars

Once a common sight on Britain’s roads, the motorcycle sidecar was a popular choice of day-to-day transport for many families. First seen in the early 1900’s, many motorcycle manufacturers offered a sidecar option which enabled the carrying of a passenger comfortably and throughout both wars, motorcycle sidecars were employed by all sides as simple, relatively lightweight and maneuverable vehicles for carrying troops and small armaments.

 

Sidecars For Sale

1994 Ural IMZ-8103-10 Ural with Only 400km of mileage, sidecar and rear gear

1994 Ural IMZ-8103-10  Ural with Only 400km of mileage, sidecar and rear gear
Price:
$4,800.00
Type:
Fixed price
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24d 11h 55m
Seller: eBay

2003 Indian Spirit Indian Motorcycle with Sidecar

2003 Indian Spirit  Indian Motorcycle with Sidecar
Price:
$13,850.00
Type:
Fixed price
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0d 5h 31m
Seller: eBay

1991 Harley-Davidson Softail 1991 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with sidecar

1991 Harley-Davidson Softail  1991 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with sidecar
Current price:
$8,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
3d 21h 19m
Seller: eBay

2008 Honda Gold Wing 2008 HONDA GOLDWING Audio GL1800 TRIKE WITH RUNNING BOARDS

2008 Honda Gold Wing  2008 HONDA GOLDWING Audio GL1800 TRIKE WITH RUNNING BOARDS
Price:
$22,499.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
4d 7h 38m
Seller: eBay

Harley-Davidson: Touring Harley-Davidson Road King with Sidecar

Harley-Davidson: Touring Harley-Davidson Road King with Sidecar
Price:
$12,763.24
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 8h 30m
Seller: eBay

2008 BMW K-Series 2008 BMW K1200lt with Hannigan sport sidecar wow

2008 BMW K-Series  2008 BMW K1200lt with Hannigan sport sidecar wow
Price:
$10,870.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
23d 14h 3m
Seller: eBay

Harley-Davidson: Sportster harley davidson customized XL1200L HANDICAP CONTROLS

Harley-Davidson: Sportster harley davidson customized XL1200L  HANDICAP CONTROLS
Price:
$18,769.48
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
28d 5h 33m
Seller: eBay
 

Following the second world war, a shortage of cars (and the expense of owning one), meant that the sidecar combination became a practical and economical alternative to four wheels and numerous motorcycles (many ex-Army surplus) were converted with addition of sidecar units which were available from a variety of manufacturers. Right through until the early 1960’s motorcycle combos remained popular but by the end of the decade small cars had become more easily available and affordable and sidecar ownership soon became the domain of the enthusiast.

In the UK, famous manufacturers included Watsonian (established in 1912 and still going strong today), and the Swallow Sidecar Company (later to become Jaguar Cars). In Europe, Steib sidecars were renowned for their quality and many were fitted to BMW, NSU and Zundapp machines. Today they are considered a classic sidecar with original and carefully restored examples attracting premium prices.

Seemingly seeing a resurgence, sidecars can be fitted to all manner of machines and modern outfits are far more luxurious than traditional and classic examples. Requiring a totally different riding technique to a solo machine, learning to handle a motorcycle sidecar outfit can take some time, but once mastered can be great fun.