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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-17-2016, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Leaning both ways with a sidecar

Didn't know this was ever even a thing:


The side car is hinged and linked to the main frame in a way that allows leans during cornering. This made for less stressful hard turns and allowed the motorcycle to lean and function like it should as opposed to a three wheeled car. The downside is that the sidecar leaned opposite to the motorcycle and made for an awkward ride on tight turns where the passenger could (like shown in the picture) get in the way of the operator. It's a shame that this design never stuck around. With a little tweaking of the linkage so that the side car leaned parallel to the main frame, I'd love to have grabbed one.

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I remember riding my uncle's 1958 Junak (Polish Motorcycle Brand) with a side-car, back in Poland about 4-5 years ago and it unbelievably weird. So much so that turning the motorcycle left or right felt like I never learned how to walk.
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Heh, yeah. There's an Ural dealership in Arlington somewhere, though it could very well be bust by now, that sold Urals. I did a test ride on the 2wd sidecar model and it was, well, odd... But I love the concept.

As a side, my grandfather let me ride his mid-late 60s Izh Jupiter 2 way back when on dirt roads. Back then, I was so damn happy that he let me that I didn't even notice the sidecar. That is until I learned to ride without the training wheels.

How are the gears in that Junak? The Jupiter chewed through second and third so that you HAD to rev it out in first and knock it into fourth to come back to a near idle. By the time the tranny went to sh!ts it was way out of production and we couldn't find replacement parts anywhere so we just lived with it like that for some time.

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