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squiffle

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squiffle says:

Attaching a Sidecar to my motorbike

As part of a course for my education I am required to design a product, the product I have decided upon is a Universal Sidecar Attachment, I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me, or even explain to me, the laws that I will have to comply with. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated as well.

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Lil125Guy

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Posts: 157

Lil125Guy says:

From what I have found...

It seems that (from my VERY limited knowledge) you can only have a sidecar on the left of the bike if it is registered after 1981 and it must have the left indicator on it (the left one on the bike will obviously need covering!) CBT passers can have one but not with a passenger in.



Lil

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Don't know

if it'll be relevant to your product development bit, but if you're trying to sell the thing I understand that only physically disabled riders can take the test on a bike/sidecar combination.

Hope it helps.

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steveb

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Posts: 809

steveb says:

It is not

possible to simply bolt a sidecar to a motorcycle. Without proper set up, the combination becomes a deathtrap. I had a lucky escape having tried the above and leaving the road after throttling off on a left hand bend because I was running wide.

Please seek experienced advise and get the combination checked properly before riding it.

Obviously all the above is only my opinion.

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sar02

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Posts: 57

sar02 says:

sidecar attatchment

its been many years since i last rode a combo,i do remember that during this era (up to the 60s) motorcycle frame design was very similar,just picture a standard pushbike with down tubes ,cross members and such,the side car fixes to the down tubes and at two points at the rear(cant remember where).modern bikes mostly dont have down tubes as the engine is used as a stressed member,there are so many designs today a universal fitting will be a headache,what may fit a jap will not fit a triumph and probably not some european bikes.:upset:

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CBRJGWRR

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CBRJGWRR says:

Sidecars

It would be difficult to make it universal, even restricting to a single manufacturer would be hard.

Regarding the legal side, these people import the Ural motorcycles, and would probably be able to help.

http://www.uralmotorbikes.info/

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