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

2012 Royal Enfield C5 BULLET 500 W/ COZY SIDECAR 2012 ROYAL ENFIELD C5 BULLET W/SIDECAR

2012 Royal Enfield C5 BULLET 500 W/ COZY SIDECAR  2012 ROYAL ENFIELD C5 BULLET W/SIDECAR
Current price:
$3,951.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
9
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Seller: eBay

1971 Honda CB 1971 Honda CB750 K1 with Sidecar

1971 Honda CB  1971 Honda CB750 K1 with Sidecar
Price:
$9,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
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Seller: eBay

2001 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Harley Davidson W/sidecar

2001 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic  Harley Davidson W/sidecar
Price:
$10,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
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0
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1997 Honda Valkyrie honda valkyrie motorcycle with Wheelchair sidecar

1997 Honda Valkyrie  honda valkyrie motorcycle with Wheelchair sidecar
Price:
$14,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
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1939 Harley-Davidson EL 1939 Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead WITH Sidecar

1939 Harley-Davidson EL  1939 Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead WITH Sidecar
Price:
$57,000.00
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Fixed price
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2014 Honda Gold Wing 2014 HONDA GL 1800 / CALIFORNIA SIDECAR VIPER TRIKE

2014 Honda Gold Wing  2014 HONDA GL 1800 / CALIFORNIA SIDECAR VIPER TRIKE
Price:
$28,900.00
Type:
Fixed price
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Seller: eBay

Harley-Davidson: Sportster harley davidson customized XL1200L HANDICAP CONTROLS

Harley-Davidson: Sportster harley davidson customized XL1200L  HANDICAP CONTROLS
Price:
$18,981.10
Type:
Fixed price
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Seller: eBay

2010 K1300GT Sidecar 2010 BMW K1300GT Sidecar

2010 K1300GT Sidecar 2010 BMW K1300GT Sidecar
Price:
$10,988.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
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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.