Creating Custom Sidecars

The ultimate accessory to all automotive vehicles

Sidecars are built for extra storage and space, or even the old fashioned ones are built as a means of a cheaper way of transport. These days, many can be custom built, with materials that will benefit the motorcycle even more. Today’s materials such as fibreglass, is widely used amongst automotive vehicles, offer amazing impact resistance, high stability and UV fast colour, all whilst being lightweight and low maintenance.

Custom Builds: variable quality and require fitting

Custom built sidecars are normally constructed for a specific purpose – for a disabled passenger, numerous people or even a cargo box.

Others are made for extreme adventuring or to re-create a retro design to whatever style they like.

Saloon Side Cars: comfortable, large and old fashioned

Saloon sidecars were at peak popularity in the 30’s and 40’s, and are now considered to be vintage. They aren’t being made as much anymore, due to the increase of other types of sidecars and changes in technology to generate better sidecars – many saloon sidecars are from the war time, suggesting they need improvement.

The idea of these was to transport families cost effectively, one of the most popular choices, designed in the 1900’s was the Panther M120.

Saloon sidecars, by definition, had an enclosed passenger area and as a consequence they were quite large, even a single seat version being significantly tall to provide enough headroom and therefore a large front area is to be expected.

Sports Side Cars: small, light and more affordable

Sports sidecars are amongst the most popular side cars available today, especially the Volerex UK sport sidecar.

They are known to be single seated with open top chairs and are therefore lightweight, suitable for pulling by any medium sized motorcycle. Some are even designed for racing purposes.

Some designs incorporate a boot or behind seat storage and others have screens and fabric roofs for all weather motoring. The technical engineering of the sidecar, especially in sports sidecars is of one of the most advanced as it requires high speed and high durability.

Military Side Cars:  heavy and basic, but versatile and tough

Military sidecars are one of the toughest and well built sidecars, designed to withstand abuse.

The materials of military sidecars are all steel, making chairs and overall weight capacity, heavy.

Passenger comfort for these sidecars is not a priority. It is more about being rugged and tough, making the durability very worthwhile. With a long history of military sidecars, adaptations have ensured the best technology is used for the most versitile designs.

Accessories such as external fuel tanks, spare wheel, spotlights, ammo boxes and machine gun mountings make it useful for many purposes.

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Clutch Adjustments

Tighten each nut down until the underside of the head is 1/8″ away from the top of the spring cup. The final adjustment of individual spring pressure is best done with the engine back in the bike and with the clutch cable attached, as the pressure plate has to be lifted and the engine turned over to view the edge of the pressure plate.

Turn the engine over with the clutch lifted and look at the edge of the pressure plate to see if it wobbles as it rotates.

Tighten down the nut nearest to where it is highest by half a turn at a time and after each adjustment release and lift the pressure plate before rotating it again. Continue until the pressure plate lifts evenly.

Next check if the is any clutch slip when turning the engine over against compression. Tighten each of the four nuts by half a turn at a time until the slippage is stopped.

Technical Engineering

The oil in the engine serves various functions, it lubricates the moving parts, cools & transfers heat and cleans the engine. There are basically three types of oil available: Monograde, Multigrade and Synthetic, the former being the oldest. The first two are Mineral based oils with varying characteristics.

A measurement of the oils ability to flow is called viscosity, and this is shown on the can as a figure. This is measured at normal working temperatures, so a monograde will be a lot thicker when it is cold. To get around this thinner oils could be used in very cold climates or during winter periods. A modern Multigrade oil has additives that stop the oil thinning as quickly as a straight oil as it gets hot, so it gives better protection at all temperatures.

Technically, a modern Multigrade oil at 0 degrees Celsius the oil viscosity rating is compared to an equivalent straight oil’s viscosity and similarly, at 100 degrees Celsius, it is again compared to a straight oil’s viscosity at 100 C.

Kawaski – Voyager Customized

At the rear from the American craze to reduce huge custom made touring motorbikes in to ‘baggers’, Kawasaki has now released a Voyager Customized – which is a scaled edition from the Full spec Bike. Tougher, more streamlined as well as £1500 less expensive than the large Voyager, the enormous 1700cc powerplant stays, along with the inside panniers although much less “Shine” as well as chrome causes it to be more macho and provides the sense associated with a lighter weight much more workable motorcycle. It’s a great and sleek looking, less expensive substitute for the U . S . competitors although dissatisfied by large size and also the demand to shift lower to get speedy acceleration.

In the centre on the Voyager rests a grand, water-cooled 1700cc V-twin – even though originally looking o2-cooled. The enormous 8v engine punches away a commendable 70bhp having a massive 100ftlb of torque. Nonetheless, because of the enormous extra pounds as well as high main gear, overdrive, you’ll still must cog lower to get fast overtakes. Petrol usage with fast touring acceleration can also be reasonably inadequate, fewer than 35mpg when pressed quite hard.

Regardless of not necessarily becoming the size of an entire outfitted Voyager, with 382kg the newest Vintage is far from lightweight.It is near to 840 lbs. Clearly attempting to make this weight operate certainly won’t be straightforward and when you begin to experience enjoymentaided by the engine it is really simple to find the controlling restrictions from the huge machine: the actual feet panels will quickly begin to pull precariously. The actual braking system isnt poor, not even close to it, plus it is not really a problem, yet comparable motorbikes within this category handle much better than the large Kawasaki.

Despite the fact that this Classic is really a scaled-downward edition, its full of add-ons along with accessories. A dual 40w audio stereo system is available as standard, that includes an Ipod link. Within the right bar there is a cruise handle for many lengthier travels. In the back, you will find end storage, an LED back light as well as dual exhausts. There’s a little travel display to provide a bit of ease and comfort and also, designed for security, ABS as standard.