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Velorex 562 Too Light for a Kawa Voyager XII?

Just got the sidecar (it had been attached to a Sportster, then a Buell blast) and I'm trading my little Suzuki for the Voyager. Tentative plan is to trade down for a smaller motorcycle something like a 750) to pull the Velorex-- but I kinda like the big bike. Would this marriage work, or should I follow through on my original plan to mate my sidecar to a middleweight bike? Been riding 50 years-- but this (?) will be my first sidecar rig.

The Velorex is a great little entry level sidecar for small bikes such as the blast, while the sportster is a bit larger engine size it is not all that heavy of a bike, that is why this sidecar worked on these bikes. On the Voyager not a good idea! If you do trade for a smaller bike I recommend going with a bike that bike specific mounts are made for as the Velorex "universal" mounts leave a lot to be desired. Also I would look for a bike that you can buy steering modifications for. Of course we and others do make both mounts and steering modifications. Here is a link to an article telling more about how we feel is the proper way to do things. http://www.dmcsidecars.com/the-result-of-improper-sidecar-mounting-and-the-proper-fix/
Jay G
DMC sidecars
http://www.dmcsidecars.com
866-638-1793

On to Plan B (since I'm already bonding with the Voyager, even though I can't ride it as a 2-wheeler): Have a chance to get a California Friendship (probably Friendship II-- top lifts to admit passenger) that's currently on an older Gold Wing: Does that sound like a better match?

The California sidecar is a much stronger sidecar, still you will want ballast. I would stay away from an early torsion bar suspension sidecar, if it is a latter sidecar with a shock under it, it would be work well for you.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
http://www.dmcsidecars.com
866-638-1793

UPDATE: Rig components coming together. The CSC Friendship II has settled into its new home, after a few weeks... The Honda Shadow Spirit 1100 is being delivered tomorrow... And (having confirmed the fit and availability with Jay) I'll be calling DMC tomorrow to order the bike-specific mounts. Have spoken with a firm in our area about the assembly and setup, my final challenge will be matching a black and brown sidecar to the red and black tug (I'm opting for the latter combination, by the way).