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  • 07 Feb 2012 3:25 PM
    Message # 818555
    This area is, as the name suggests, intended as a place for side car owners or enthusiasts to share information, sources, tips, tricks and stories.
  • 14 Feb 2012 12:46 PM
    Reply # 825305 on 818555
  • 05 Apr 2012 4:05 PM
    Reply # 882875 on 818555

    Can anyone help? I want to fit a Velorex to a 1979 Triumph T140. Any ideas on how to mount the lower rear coupling? I have to have room for the kickstart, so the mounting probably needs to be around the position of the RH footrest, but there seems to be no suitable space on the lower frome tube. Do I have to manufacture a bracket that fits in place of the footrest? If so, anyone done it?

    Regards

    Eric Pritchard   450 829 3593  eric@rocler.com

  • 06 Apr 2012 9:15 AM
    Reply # 883504 on 818555
    Eric,
    I am having a custom sidecar built by Trans Moto near Laval. I'll let you know how it turns out. This rig will carry my wife and she will be able to drive her handicapped scooter into it.

    They are working today and tomorrow!

    Should be sweet...Doug
  • 07 Apr 2012 9:38 AM
    Reply # 884231 on 818555
    Hi Eric, I have made such a bracket. Check your email.
  • 07 Aug 2012 11:31 AM
    Reply # 1041108 on 882875
    Eric Pritchard wrote:

    Can anyone help? I want to fit a Velorex to a 1979 Triumph T140. Any ideas on how to mount the lower rear coupling? I have to have room for the kickstart, so the mounting probably needs to be around the position of the RH footrest, but there seems to be no suitable space on the lower frome tube. Do I have to manufacture a bracket that fits in place of the footrest? If so, anyone done it?

    Regards

    Eric Pritchard   450 829 3593  eric@rocler.com


    Hi Eric,
    what worked on my XS650 Yamaha was to make an L-shaped subframe that plugged into the bike frame's centerstand mounts and extended backwards far enough that the sidecar rear mount clears the kickstart. This one was just for the rear mount and had an an anti-torque brace from the rear footpeg mount.
    Note that a footpeg mount is NOT sturdy enough to support the rear sidecar mount but is OK to mount an anti-torque brace.
    The second subframe (to a friend's XS650) was a 2 part bolt-up that integrated the front & rear lower mounts with a  front to back square tube welded in a T-shape that was drilled to fit both mounts.
    The third subframe (to my son's XS650) was a single weldment taking the square tube from a modified front engine mount to the centerstand mounts.
    BTW, best you ditch the stock Velorex frame clamps in favor of stuff that don't slip round under stress.
    Fred Hill, S'toon.
  • 08 Aug 2012 8:34 AM
    Reply # 1041830 on 818555
    Thanks for all the info, guys. Much appreciated. Thane Gilles came up with a very nicely made bracket and now the outfit is together and going well. Regards, Eric
  • 11 Aug 2012 9:51 PM
    Reply # 1044574 on 818555
    Hi Eric, I didn't see your name in the info from Bob Coy's Motogiro. How did you make out?
  • 14 Mar 2017 9:55 PM
    Reply # 4667123 on 818555

    Coming to Canada from St Petersburg Florida in early 60's on my 500cc Triton race bike with a home made chassis and tradsman's box on it went fairly well, except for emptying the water out of my "Wader" waterproof competition magneto at least twice as it rained most of the way. I ran that same bike at Daytona the following year to 10th in the FIM race. Within a couple of days I found employment at Derick Browns shop "Toronto Honda Ducati" on Bloor street. Derick seeing my penchant for 3 wheels offered a BSA Gold Star race rig which Bob Henry and I raced 1-2 years. We did quite well winning several races and at Nelson Ledges lapped the field, including Lue Herman who was the guy to beat at the time. however at the last round of the year held at Harwood Acres during the race the front forks collapsed in the fast right hander called Gunnery at the end of the straight. Bob and I stayed aboard as the rig slid along on the frame taking out several hay bails. From then on I built my own rigs preferring my own mistakes to some one else's. Derick 'silver tongue' Brown owned a ex police "Pie Wagon" which was known to tear around the down town area some times with John Edyvean aboard as monkey, who witnessed Derick talking his way out of a ticket once or twice.

    Derick convinced a judge in a speeding case that the radar picked up the wheel balance weight rather than the bike (Maybe original thought counts for some thing), the judge threw the case out. This same Pie Wagon I believe made it to Mosport with little success. Derick or John may have more details on that incident.       

    Last modified: 16 Mar 2017 6:48 PM | Paul
  • 26 Oct 2019 8:08 PM
    Reply # 8078560 on 818555

    I purchased a "barn find" a couple of years ago. A 1986 BMW K75c with a Velorex sidecar (1998). It was outside in the snow, uncovered, so it was really a rescue! Also, the bike was missing a few key parts (!!), but after scouring the UK, USA and BC for parts, I was able to get it started. A brief spin in my neighborhood revealed that the brakes need work! I'm currently in the process of refinishing the sidecar and, among items to do, am looking to have the rusted spokes and rim re-chromed. Any info on where to have this done would be appreciated. I live in the Montreal area.

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