From:Doug Strange
Subject:RE: Sidecar lesson Date:Sun Sep 1 11:17:15 2013
Response to:4819
Besides your need to show off, I think the main problem with sidecars is not properly aligning them, and making them beasts to ride.
Bill Patt's old 1941 Chief with a NYPD sidecar was recently wrecked by it's new owner. This bike was the very first Indian I ever rode back in the 1970's. Bill let me loose on his Chief and as soon as I took my hand off the grip to shift, it went into a serious head shake and I ended up in a field...with everyone laughing at me. It appears they knew the bike. When Bill took me for a ride, he shifted with his elbow, not taking his hand off the grips. When it was eventually sold and restored, the guy never rode it. Then it was sold recently to a neophyte who didn't know how to ride an Indian. He didn't even know how to start it up, asking where's the starter button. Eventually he got it started and his intial ride was tragic for both the bike and himself. He went into a ditch. My belief was that the rig was never trued up properly. So I remind everyone with sidecars to do your work on them so you can safely enjoy them.

I have learned it is wise to have some weight in the car as the wheel came up and I was headed for my old truck. The observers thought I was showing off, you can see the brake lights are on . It's a lot different from riding solo.