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Sidecar for 1974 BMW R65/6 Wanted

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My wife and I are looking for a sidecar rig. I recognize the wisdom of finding a complete rig that was set up correctly and sorted out, and I’ve placed a notice in the Complete Rigs Wanted section with that in mind. On the other hand, it would be nice if we could find a sidecar to fit to my 1974 BMW R75/6. Generally, we are looking for a sidecar that has easy entrance and exit for my wife, comfortable seat and ride, and relatively higher ground clearance – wife doesn’t like the feeling of being too close to the road surface. We tend to prefer the more traditional looking rigs. Some sidecars that I’ve looked at that appeal to us are the Watsonian GP or GP Manx, and the Watsonian Monza. The Velorex 565 with the higher backed seat might work. We’ve also heard good things about Champion Escort sidecars, but I’ve been told that would be too big for my bike. The DMC 72x cars are also appealing. Not interested in Russian sidecars. We are not planning to take long highway trips and would use mostly secondary roads. Trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, around Lake Superior are likely. I can add that I do just about all of the maintenance on my bike myself, although I did send the transmission out for a rebuild. I know that one of the Watsonian cars bought new would be in the $8,000+ range so I'd say that is our upper limit. I'm hoping we can find something used for less. It would be nice if we could find something within about 5 hours of Chicago, but I'd be happy to travel anywhere in the U.S. for the right sidecar.

Mark

Chicago, IL

masegraves@gmail.com

I've decided to go the route of getting a full rig that is fully sorted out. Today I'm putting a deposit check in the mail for a rig that I'm going to see and hopefully ride home near the end of March. This rig was offered to me by someone that saw my note on this list. If all goes well, my wife and I will be new sidecar rig owners just in time for Spring here in the cold Midwest. Outside temp was 10F this morning, with wind chill of -8F.

Mark Segraves

Chicago, IL