WIth a sidecar there is the advantage of stability over the solo bike , but one mustn’t forget that unlike a solo bike a sidecar will not lean into bends.
Because of its asymmetrics a sidecar will not behave in the same way round right and left hand bends .
The outfit will most probably be heavier than the machine you are used to riding , and the braking will be less efficient. You will need to anticipate situations sooner than you are used to….
One of the most important things never to forget when riding a side car is TURN THE HANDLEBARS.
A sidecar outfit has a tendancy to pull towards the side of the sidecar during acceleration ( ie to the right of the bike if riding an outfit set up for driving on the right, as in France).
During braking there is a tendancy to be drawn to the left, though this can be compensated for to some degree by using front and back brakes together , particulaly with the Urals as there is a link from the back brake to a sidecar brake.
Because of this the rider must learn to compensate for these forces by applying pressure to the handlebars to ensure that the vehicule is kept in the correct direction. The very first exercise on our sidecar training is to follow a straightline , accelerating, braking and changing up and down the gears, to get the feel of the pull of the sidecar and to be able to control its direction.
The dynamics for a sidecar change when approaching right and left bends and so the rider must understand how to approach bends correctly in order to maintain control over the machine. Simply speaking , entering a left bend forces will push out towards the sidecar keeping all 3 wheels on the ground, however with a right hand bend , if the line or speed are incorrect then the sidecar may lift off the ground. If this happens it is extremely important to maintain control of the handlebars and direction as the natural tendancy of the vehicle will be to drift towards the opposing line of traffic.
The dynamics will also change depending on how you have loaded your outfit. The better the balance between the bike and the sidecar, the greater the stability in the turns.
Control will come with practise, and with knowledge of the behavioural characteristics of a sidecar outfit. Our sidecar school aims to inform you and put into practise the fundamentals of riding a sidecar safely on the public highway.
Remember , you should always ride within your capabalities.