Has it really been 2 months?

I now have two months experience driving a sidecar, and I’m still getting used to it.  I took the S/TEP (Sidecar / Trike Education Program) in  Lufkin, Texas, the first weekend of July.  It is taught by Marcus Renfroe a very experienced sidecar driver, mechanic, and educator.  The class was great and I left there with more confidence and skill and much more respect for the machine I am trying to master.  I recommend this class for anyone who is considering  a sidecar (or trike).

Not only have I been driving my rig, but I have been doing a little maintenance and repairs.  Replaced the tire on the sidecar.  Put on a wide white wall which gave the rig a more vintage look.  I get a lot of compliments about how it looks.

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Also, replaced the front brake pads, but folks can see them to say, “great looking brakes”.  It does stop better. Took the tub off and had it repainted – now that looks nice.

The next thing I am considering is going through a complete realignment of the sidecar to motorcycle.  It might not need it, but it just doesn’t look correct.  The bike leans too much to the left.

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That is called “lean out” and the rig needs some for correct handling. I have heard and read that each rig has it’s own personality and must be aligned accordingly.  I’ll let you know if it was better before I “fixed” it.

Author: Bud Campbell

I consider myself an Adventure Motorcycle Traveler with over 50 years riding experience. Been to all four corners of North America, and always thinking about my next ride / adventure. I have a stable full of motorcycles and check the adds and forums regularly for another one; however, limited space keeps me in check, so I only have five right now. Just started a new adventure by buying a Sidecar rig. Man, (and ladies) this is totally different. So different I thought it needed a blog all to itself. Might have to change my handle from Lowrider Bud to Sidecar Bud. I'll let ya'll know how it goes. Later, Bud...

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