Here is an awesome looking Harley Davidson Heritage with Sidecar. It is a 1991 Heritage Softail matched to a Champion sidecar. Mileage shows 34,000, has had 2 owners and comes with all receipts and service records since day one. The Harley is loaded with extras including reverse gear, has chrome galore, and the sidecar is very nicely fitted out. Imagine having this amount of leg room in a car today! Walking around the bike it appears wider than most other sidecar combinations, and looking at the way the sidecar is connected to the bike the top mountings are telescopic to allow the rider to lean the bike on corners. Few motorcyclists today have ever ridden a sidecar combination, and it does require a bit of learning and a different technique compared to riding solo.
Sidecars today have lost their popularity compared to what they were in 1910’s to late 30’s. Sidecars, or sidechairs depending which school you went to, were first designed in France during the 1890’s and their popularity grew from there. Automobiles were mostly beyond the reach of many families, so a motorcycle with a sidecar became good economical transport and became common on the roads in most countries. The American Ford Model T and the British Austin 7 did help in bridging the gap as affordable family transport but the sidecar remained popular especially with the British into the 1960’s.
Building sidecars also led to some companies becoming famous car manufacturers. An example is Jaguar which Bill Lyons started out as Swallow Sidecars in 1922, then became SS Cars building car bodies which Bill Lyons sold with the trade name SS, becoming famous with its pre war sports car the SS100, and SSMkIV saloon. Immediately after WW2 Jaguar became a registered company and rapidly grew from there.
Seldom do we see a sidecar combination on the road in the west today, and if we do it is generally due to a club meet, vintage or veteran rally. But they are out there and sidecars are still manufactured today in several countries, not just for road use but those specializing in sidecar racing as well.
If a viewer knows of or owns this Harley would love to hear from you.