Fun fact: bikers either love or hate sidecars. There is no in between. That is, until you see the extravagant collection of sidecars that we've prepared for you today.
We find it easily to believe that a tastefully made sidecar can complement any unique and interesting bike (besides, you can always take this sidecar off, if you wish). Throughout automotive history and today, there exists an incredible variety of styles and shapes of sidecars - thanks to inspired enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.
(top image: BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) motorcycle with a sidecar, 1922, via NMSI Museums)
Here is a beautiful vintage sidecar built by Art Deco Motorcycling from Hungary (more info and images here):
If your motorcycle or your car broke down, the UK’s Automobile Association will be promptly on their way with an entire collection of handy tools to get you safely on your way again. This is BSA M-20 Automobile Association patrol bike from 1951:
Motorsport sidecars are a topic in itself. There were many fascinating streamlined shapes, built specifically for racing, and one day we will feature them on DRB. Here is the one that looks more like a rocket on wheels than a motorcycle and sidecar combination:
You've probably already seen the Airplane Sidecar, made by the Hungarian biker Henrik Toth (the sidecar is based on Messerschmitt ME109); it was featured in our Biscotti as well, but here is another look:
The Snaefell sidecar, by Francois Knorreck: it tool him ten years to make this engineering marvel from parts of a Volkswagen GTI and an Audio 80, with taillights from a Citroen Xantia. Snaefell is named after the Iceland volcano -
Jason Dyer of Resto-Tec out of the UK built this great Lambretta scooter / VW Mini Van combo back in 2007 (featured in July 2007 issue of "Scootering" magazine). Apparently, some other variations of this mini VW van have wheels and can travel on their own (right image below):
Piano on a sidecar? Why not! After all "those Russians" already put a drummer with his drum kit on a sidecar in this infamous video and drove with the whole band on a highway; the piano, then, would seem like a more solid and stable object... and sure enough, there is a sidecar with a piano on the Isle of Man:
Other weird (and sometimes quite silly) sidecars of various origin:
Drinks, BBQ and leisure boats - all included!
This thing is characterized by some as “the sickest, baddest thing in the world"; although I’m pretty sure the BBQ wouldn’t be operating while the machine’s in motion (the bike is not really street-legal nin this configuration). It also costs as much as a Bentley (more info at Grub Street):
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