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The Amazing Side Car

I have been fascinated with Sidecars on Motorcycles forever. One of my uncles (Jentu T) had a Scooter with a sidecar and he use to take us on rides to Chowpatty (beach in South Mumbai).

As you know, we recently bought a Motorbike; we were very keen on getting one with a sidecar but on doing some R&D found that sidecars are illegal. Absolutely no idea when and why this happened! I still see a lot of scooters and motorbikes with these amazing, retro-looking sidecars. I asked around and some folks mentioned that you need special permission from the Mumbai RTO to get sidecars; others say the bikes you see on the road are old or illegal; new bikes are just not given permission to attach a sidecar to their bikes. Pity! Would have loved to own one.

Even if we can’t own one, we can definitely share some interesting facts and images of amazing looking sidecars 🙂 . A sidecar motorcycle is a three-wheeled vehicle with the side wheel not directly aligned with the rear motorcycle wheel, and is usually powered by the rear wheel only. This is different from a motor tricycle (trike), where both rear wheels are powered and share a common axle. P.V. Mokharov of the Soviet Union or H.P. Baughn of Great Britain seems to have to been the first to employ a driven sidecar wheel in 1929. In India, the sidecars got really popular in the early 70’s; the primary reason for this was it was a cheap way for a small family to travel. As we moved decades, cars started getting cheaper and sidecars moved out.

Over the years, sidecars were quite popular; they have also been used by armed forces, police and the Army. During WWII, German troops used many BMW and Zundapp sidecar motorcycles. They are hugely popular in sports where multiple disciplines of Motorcycle racing have used them and still use them.; Motocross, Enduro, Grasstrack, Trial, road racing and Speedway with sidecar classes. The sport has followers in Europe, United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The races are categorized as Formula One sidecars.

If you enjoy a good sidecar check our gallery below. Also Motorcycle shows and rallies are a great way to catch glimpses of sidecars; the Legendary Sturgis rally sees insane sidecars on display. Personally, I do hope sidecars come back in style – for one I can’t wait to get one on my Motorcycle and take the lovely Mrs for a long ride……….

The Amazing SIde Car Show

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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Your Bike is You

The kind of bike you own dictates your personallity. So how does this work? Let’s take a step back to understand the basics – categories & owners – to put things into perspective.

Bike Types

Bike Types –

1) Racer 2) Cruisers 3) Dirt / Off Road 4) Custom

Racer

Category 1 clearly is for the adrenaline junkie who craves the rush. Speed is what drives this animals… Most often the kind of bikes you see people in this category riding through crowded & open streets are the Kawasaki Ninjas, Repsol Honda’s, KTM Duke, Aprilla, etc. These bikes more often than not, are in the over 300, 500 and above cc category & are clearly marketed with a “need for speed” message considering you will see them in Moto Gp’s, Super bike categories etc

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The Cruiser

Laid back, enjoying life, chilling with friends, not really a thrill seeker but more of the kind who appreciates the sweetness of doing nothing is the defination for the community which falls into category 2. Harley Davidson, some versions of BMW, Triumph, Bajaj Avenger, etc. are bikes which appeal to psyche of these people. Clearly the agenda for these riders is to go on long rides alone or with friends, have comfortable machines, take things slow and steady which is also defined by their ride.

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The Dirt Bike

Living life on the edge, the thrill of speed and the adreniline rush of living life by the second is what drives people who own Scramblers. These guys will be seen navigating through congested traffic at high speeds, doing wheelies, etc. across open roads, trying to pickup their bikes on full throttle as soon as the signal lights turn green. Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, etc. are companies producing these bikes

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The Custom Bike

Clearly a combination of all of the above and add to that the need to personalize, style and stand out amongst the crowd is what gets people to opt for these bikes. You know the guys wants people to  believe that the bike is an extention of his / her personallity… an ordinary bike has a custom, paint job, multiple accesories, tweaks, etc. Chop Shops & Bike Builders across the world build these customs, some popular ones being Orange County, Jesse James, Choppers Inc, Paul Junior Design, Rajputhana Customs to name a few.

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We personally believe we fall into category 2 and a bit in 4 and the proof for the same is our customized Cruiser  Bajaj Avenger 🙂

What category do you fall into?

Our Bike

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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The Chop Shop

Now the interesting stuff, as you guys must have read we got the bike a “Bajaj Avenger” after decent amount of effort and drama.

Action Time!!!

To make it look cool we got a very cool retro looking visor added to it J also the same made us feel severely cool!!!

Post all this & going through multiple online sites and watching every possible Biker Build Off show on Youtube Mihir & I decided to get our bike accessorized… For the same we went through probably every online site like ebay, mouthshut, bikezdotcom, xkmphdotcom etc, though all of them had loads to offer but without touch and feel of the product we weren’t too sure about next steps.

Love Handles!!!

This is when we stumbled upon the Diagonalley for bikes the same happened accidently when one day I had gone to meet the bike dealer for my registration papers and while walking out of his shop I happened to see shops lined up in a lane selling bike accessories. Immediately I walked through the lane quickly browsed shops and told Mihir about the same, post 24 hours of contemplation we decided to go put our bike under the screwdriver.

Went to the lane with Mihir the next day evening and scouted the whole place (will be previewing “the diagonalley of bikes in articles to come) post visiting multiple stores and checking out accessories we zeroed in on “Jayesh Scooters” where in Mr. Jayesh Shah the owner showed us some sick products for the bike at a decently reasonable price.

At this point we were like kids in a candy store where in we went and bought –

Put your best foot forward...

1) Steel Chrome Handle Grips

2) Dragon Claw Side Stand

3) Front & Back Foot Rests

4) Saddle Bags

5) Chrome Covers for Indicator Lights

Paid Rs 5000/- for all of this which was a steal, Mr Jayesh Shah then got a mechanic to fix the bike up!!! 2 Mechanics Guddu & Azgar suddenly to my shock started opening the bike apart & quite brutally at which point Mr Shah assured me they know what they are doing and i shouldn’t worry J

Took 3 full hours though post that the bike looked totally awesome!!!

Black Beauty!!!

Also to check out more amazing photo’s of the bike being customized check out the “Photos” section on the blog 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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