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

1967 Yamaha Other 1967 yamaha 350 r1 with jawa sidecar

1967 Yamaha Other  1967 yamaha 350 r1 with jawa sidecar
Current price:
$3,550.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
30
Ends in:
4d 0h 47m
Seller: eBay

2003 Indian Spirit Indian Motorcycle with Sidecar

2003 Indian Spirit  Indian Motorcycle with Sidecar
Price:
$12,850.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 11h 35m
Seller: eBay

1995 Honda Gold Wing 1995 Honda Goldwing GL1500SE

1995 Honda Gold Wing  1995 Honda Goldwing  GL1500SE
Current price:
$3,650.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
3
Ends in:
5d 17h 41m
Seller: eBay

1965 Aprilia VESPA 150 CC Vintage VESPA SCOOTER 1965 With SIDECAR One of Kind

1965 Aprilia VESPA 150 CC  Vintage VESPA SCOOTER 1965 With SIDECAR One of Kind
Price:
$7,900.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
4d 16h 29m
Seller: eBay

2006 BMW R-Series 2006 BMW R1200GS with 2-seat EZS Sidecar

2006 BMW R-Series  2006 BMW R1200GS with 2-seat EZS Sidecar
Current price:
$15,600.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
3d 20h 14m
Seller: eBay

2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Electra Glide 2007 Ultra Classic w/handicap sidecar

2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Electra Glide  2007 Ultra Classic w/handicap sidecar
Price:
$15,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
28d 19h 59m
Seller: eBay

2003 Honda California Sidecar Trike 2003 Honda California Sidecar Trike

2003 Honda California Sidecar Trike  2003 Honda California Sidecar Trike
Price:
$17,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
23d 16h 46m
Seller: eBay

2009 Honda Goldwing California Sidecar Trike 2009 Honda Goldwing California Sidecar Trike Used

2009 Honda Goldwing California Sidecar Trike  2009 Honda Goldwing California Sidecar Trike Used
Price:
$10,305.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
15
Ends in:
0d 10h 46m
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.