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Question about driving Honda sidecar rig

Looks like a CSC Friendship 1.  Only challenge is if your riding partner has some mobility limitations - it could prove challenging to get in and out of for them.  Friendship 2 has a hydraulic cylinder lift for the front of the chair.

Beyond that - very nice looking rig.

I don't think the bike has triple trees.  Bike is in Illinois and I'm in NY.  I'm still in the thinking about it stage.  I'll try to find out if it has the belts changed.  Thanks

I went from a 2006 Ural Tourist to a 1994 GL1500SE with the same Friendship I sidecar. I found that the push/pull from the sidecar is almost non-existent with the much heavier Goldwing - it's still there, but not nearly as pronounced as with the Ural. When we bought this rig we drove our car from San Jose, Ca up to Eugene, Oregon to buy the rig - a distance of almost 700 miles. We checked it out, handed over a wad of cash, and hit the road for home. Going from a 750cc Ural to a 1500cc Goldwing was quite a change! But 700 miles later I felt that I could have kept going it was so comfortable to ride. My wife was following behind me in the car and she was more worn out than I was.

Sadly our rig is now up for sale because my wife can no longer climb out of the sidecar - she has 2 aftermarket knees and we're looking at installing aftermarket hips this year or next year. Along with her sciatica it's real hard for her to lift herself up out of the chair.

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Quote from Alan_Hepburn on April 2, 2020, 12:54 pm

I went from a 2006 Ural Tourist to a 1994 GL1500SE with the same Friendship I sidecar. I found that the push/pull from the sidecar is almost non-existent with the much heavier Goldwing - it's still there, but not nearly as pronounced as with the Ural. When we bought this rig we drove our car from San Jose, Ca up to Eugene, Oregon to buy the rig - a distance of almost 700 miles. We checked it out, handed over a wad of cash, and hit the road for home. Going from a 750cc Ural to a 1500cc Goldwing was quite a change! But 700 miles later I felt that I could have kept going it was so comfortable to ride. My wife was following behind me in the car and she was more worn out than I was.

Sadly our rig is now up for sale because my wife can no longer climb out of the sidecar - she has 2 aftermarket knees and we're looking at installing aftermarket hips this year or next year. Along with her sciatica it's real hard for her to lift herself up out of the chair.

Sorry you have to let the rig go.  What are you going to ask for it?  You are too far away for me.  Thanks for sharing your experience from Ural to Goldwing.

While we have not done any in years and do not want to do any currently, if you go to the Champion Escort or the California Friendship 2 SE (which many of the parts are the same on the SE, lifted off of the Champion) with the flip nose, you can add an electric seat lift making it much easier to get in and out of with mobility issues.

Jay G

DMC sidecars

866-638-1793

Jay G DMC sidecars www.dmcsidecars.com 15616 Carbonado South Prairie RD Buckley WA 98321 866-638-1793 Hours Monday - Thursday 6-4:30
Quote from sidecarrick on April 2, 2020, 1:00 pm

Sorry you have to let the rig go.  What are you going to ask for it?  You are too far away for me.  Thanks for sharing your experience from Ural to Goldwing.

Last month we put it on craigslist for $7500 OBO but then the whole country went into lockdown so we haven't received any responses - once we're free to go outside again we'll re-list it and see what happens.

Quote from sidecarrick on April 2, 2020, 1:00 pm
Quote from Alan_Hepburn on April 2, 2020, 12:54 pm

I went from a 2006 Ural Tourist to a 1994 GL1500SE with the same Friendship I sidecar. I found that the push/pull from the sidecar is almost non-existent with the much heavier Goldwing - it's still there, but not nearly as pronounced as with the Ural. When we bought this rig we drove our car from San Jose, Ca up to Eugene, Oregon to buy the rig - a distance of almost 700 miles. We checked it out, handed over a wad of cash, and hit the road for home. Going from a 750cc Ural to a 1500cc Goldwing was quite a change! But 700 miles later I felt that I could have kept going it was so comfortable to ride. My wife was following behind me in the car and she was more worn out than I was.

Sadly our rig is now up for sale because my wife can no longer climb out of the sidecar - she has 2 aftermarket knees and we're looking at installing aftermarket hips this year or next year. Along with her sciatica it's real hard for her to lift herself up out of the chair.

Sorry you have to let the rig go.  What are you going to ask for it?  You are too far away for me.  Thanks for sharing your experience from Ural to Goldwing.

Well worth the trip to pick it up , if you have time ! Our first sidecar rig we picked up in San Diego for the trip back to the Tampa FL area , and was my wifes first long trip on a bike and first for our at the time 18 month old son!

Alan, the real question is how much will your wife miss riding in the sidecar?

There are viable solutions out there to the challenge you mention, but they are not cheap. If your missus really enjoys playing monkey then it would be worth the cost to make her life a little more enjoyable after having to go through all those medical procedures. Having a conversation with Jay at DMC would be in order before you sell the Goldwing. 

Hope your wife recovers from the operations and wants to feel the wind again in a hack.

CCjon

 

Thanks CCjon - yeah, we agonized over the decision a lot! We finally decided that we would put it up for sale, but if we didn't get any serious offers it would be no big deal. I'm researching electric lift seats, and looking into modifying the car so the front will tilt forward to allow easier access. I've even thought about swapping out the car with a newer one that already has the tilt front on it. In the meantime I keep the bike exercised by taking it for a short ride every so often - it's just not much fun without my life partner!

Quote from Alan_Hepburn on April 25, 2020, 1:12 pm

Thanks CCjon - yeah, we agonized over the decision a lot! We finally decided that we would put it up for sale, but if we didn't get any serious offers it would be no big deal. I'm researching electric lift seats, and looking into modifying the car so the front will tilt forward to allow easier access. I've even thought about swapping out the car with a newer one that already has the tilt front on it. In the meantime I keep the bike exercised by taking it for a short ride every so often - it's just not much fun without my life partner!

The rig I just bought has am extra "door" under the tilt forward part , one I get it home , I can take a picture of it fully opened , if that might help your lady get in & out. Otherwise maybe get a new car that can fit on the existing frame that has a large opening for entry/exit. These are such fun rides , it would be a shame to stop , in my opinion.

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