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Looking for starter sidecar

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I have been riding a solo bike for most of my life, and have heretofore been using my 883 sportster as my primary commuter vehicle. However, I now have two cousins who I take to work with me (I'm a teacher) and I was looking for a reasonably priced used hack that would be able to take a 25 mile each way trip so that I don't have to be ina cage. If anyone has anything along those lines that they are looking to let go, please let me know.

25 miles from where?

I live in Shenandoah, IA, but if anyone has something that's a ways away, I would be willing to pay for shipping.

sbaldwin_95 - 1/19/2017 2:52 PM

I have been riding a solo bike for most of my life, and have heretofore been using my 883 sportster as my primary commuter vehicle. However, I now have two cousins who I take to work with me (I'm a teacher) and I was looking for a reasonably priced used hack that would be able to take a 25 mile each way trip so that I don't have to be ina cage. If anyone has anything along those lines that they are looking to let go, please let me know.

sbalwin, welcome to the offset sidecar universe. My first rig, which still remains my, and my dog Maddie's, personal favorite, was a Texas Ranger mated to a 2002 XL883R Sportster. After mounting the car, two modifications to the bike made it a great rig: 1) geared it down a little with a 1-tooth smaller aftermarket front pulley; and 2) installed a 5-degree "raked" triple tree to reduce trail for lower steering effort and reduce input from road imperfections. Altho not the fastest nor the most sporty handling rig, this Sportster/Ranger rig is an excellent handling rig within its limits:

I sold this rig to a young lady over in Texas a couple years ago, but I admit I still miss it.

I don't have any leads for a sidecar suitable for a Sportster, but I think Roland still has his Suzuki 800cc/Velorex rig for sale down here Louisiana, which has served well as a primary commuter vehicle back-and-forth to school & work for Roland and family: https://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=14271&posts=9&start=1

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

I have a 2012 Velorex 563 with Gustafsson low windshield. Original tall windscreen, unused top, top struts, unused brake cable and canvas tonneau cover. Universal Velorex attachment fixtures, Superbright leds along with original incandescent lamps. Also includes a very new Avon 3.50X19 Sidecar duty front tire (can also be used as a rear).

A new Velorex 563 runs about $3100 without the extras mine has.

http://www.velorexusa.com/retailprice.shtml

I'd probably take $2300 for mine, which is in near new condition.

I'm close enough to you, St. Joseph, MO, for you to pick it up and save a bunch in shipping charges. I could deliver it to Shenandoah for a reasonable fee.

Excellent choice for a first rig combo. Good power, good match and bulletproof tug. Low maintenance, good parts and service availability.

Lonnie
NWSC, Ret'd.

Capuett, I may be interested in that. Could you possibly upload some photos? Would I need to get any additional hardware for it to be able to attach to my bike?

sbaldwin_95, the Velorex 563 looks just like the all black one in the Swampfox post above. I'm not really familiar with uploading pictures here. If you would send your mobile telephone number to me in a personal message I'd be happy to text some photos to you.

I have all the universal mounting brackets, hardware, etc. Should be all you need to mount the hack to your Sportster. Some people recommend using motorcycle make/model specific mounting brackets; some don't and do fine with the universal mounts.

I will send a PM to you with my cell number also.

Thanks for your interest.

I have a dark red, almost maroon bike, so a black hack should look just fine. That was all I was worried about.

It's black and very good condition.

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