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

1993 Harley-Davidson Touring Harley Davidson Sidecar ONLY

1993 Harley-Davidson Touring  Harley Davidson Sidecar ONLY
Current price:
$5,499.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
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0d 19h 19m
Seller: eBay

2007 Harley-Davidson Touring 2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON POLICE ROAD KING WITH SIDECAR

2007 Harley-Davidson Touring  2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON POLICE ROAD KING WITH SIDECAR
Price:
$15,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
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3d 16h 7m
Seller: eBay

2003 Harley-Davidson Touring harley davidson 2003 Classic with factory sidecar

2003 Harley-Davidson Touring  harley davidson 2003 Classic with factory sidecar
Price:
$20,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
0
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8d 11h 36m
Seller: eBay

1965 BMW R-Series 1965 --1600CC- BMW / VMW WILLIS 4'S VW POWERED CONVERSION SIDECAR RIG

1965 BMW R-Series  1965 --1600CC- BMW / VMW WILLIS 4'S VW POWERED CONVERSION SIDECAR RIG
Current price:
$6,100.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
29
Ends in:
6d 18h 20m
Seller: eBay

1994 Ural IMZ-8103-10 Ural 450km of mileage, sidecar and rear gear

1994 Ural IMZ-8103-10  Ural 450km of mileage, sidecar and rear gear
Price:
$2,950.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
0
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0d 8h 47m
Seller: eBay

1967 BSA Royal Star 1967 BSA 500 ROYAL STAR WITH WOOD AND ALLOY BODIED VINTAGE STYLE SIDECAR

1967 BSA Royal Star  1967 BSA 500 ROYAL STAR WITH WOOD AND ALLOY BODIED VINTAGE STYLE SIDECAR
Current price:
$730.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
12
Ends in:
2d 12h 51m
Seller: eBay

1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1994 Harley Sportster with Liberty Sidecar

1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster  1994 Harley Sportster with Liberty Sidecar
Price:
$8,950.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 20h 47m
Seller: eBay

2012 Honda Gold Wing 2012 HONDA GOLDWING GL1800 CALIFORNIA SIDECAR

2012 Honda Gold Wing  2012 HONDA GOLDWING GL1800 CALIFORNIA SIDECAR
Price:
$24,900.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
4d 7h 4m
Seller: eBay

2003 Honda Gold Wing 2003 Honda Goldwing Trike

2003 Honda Gold Wing  2003 Honda Goldwing Trike
Price:
$15,750.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
25d 10h 30m
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.