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Copyright 2020, R. Fleischer
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More information, especially on alignment and set-up, will be found in:

See also  for sources for nearly anything Airhead, and some K bike, but not all specifically sidecars.

There are manuals, etc., available from various sources, such as the USCA is called Driving a Sidecar Outfit ...often called the "Yellow Book".  There are also numerous articles on this Snowbum website, in the SC-x  (sidecar) section.

There is a large size booklet (translated from the German) that has a lot more technical information, called "Riding with a Sidecar".  It has a lot of quite detailed information on alignment.  That booklet's information was digitalized; and, together with other quite valuable additional materials, were made available from Dr. Hal Kendall before he passed away.  He had 4 manuals available on ONE CD he produced ...which UPDATES that manual ...or, better said, IS the updated manual.    This CD is entitled:   Sidecar Manual, Sidecar Operator Manual, Sidecar Catalog, Riding with a Sidecar.  Long before Dr. Kendall passed away, he made all these excellent items available for FREE ...all 4 of the books.  The website has changed, but the manual('s?)  may still be available at this free location:

Here is the website for the URAL version of the sidecar riders book ...similar to the 'yellow book':

I have some disagreements on a FEW points in most of the 'how-to-drive' books, and with the organization, Evergreen, and its policies. I get into this in my article:

National association for bikers with a disability:   Click on "Major Departments" and then click on Trikes Tech & News

These next 2 links have a lot of sidecar information.  Few seem to know of these websites. The first one was originally set up for disabled drivers, but has greatly expanded.
Here's the other one:
I suggest you spend some goodly time snooping around these two sites.

Titan Engine Works, sidecars, Ronald Campbell, 747 Gunnison Ave. #7; Grand Junction, CO
Ron is a representative of the USCA, and is at 225 S. 13th Place, Grand Junction, CO  81501, 970-241-1325.  Ron has been sidecaring, etc., for many decades.

Pingel Enterprises, who have been around for a lot of years,  have available electric up/down shifters, bolt-on affairs, kits to fit various makes and models.

Lowell Neff (Neff Design & Engineering)
Custom and stock fabrication, especially good at handicapped items and leading link forks, wheels, and subframes, etc.   Snowbum has used Lowell's subframe design for two of his own rigs.   Excellent quality and design ...some is quite innovative; and he does vastly more than just handicapped items:
4420 E. Sacred Rock Rd.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 475
Dragoon, AZ 85609-0475
BEST to telephone him.   Lowell is handicapped himself, lives in the middle of the desert at the southeast corner of Arizona, and is QUITE the craftsman, you would be astonished at his machine shop, etc., and his competence and quality of his products.

Sideffects (Steerite conversions).  They also do frames, wheels, hand conversions, hitches, rigs in general.   They are in Kamloops, B.C., Canada.  The following information comes from Al Olme:
The  "Steerite" modification that was available from Side Effects of Kamloops, BC. Side Effects has been absorbed into Metalmorphasis, a custom fabrication shop that belongs to the son of the guy who ran Side Effects. Here's the contact info...
Brock Smith
Kamloops, B.C.
V2B 4B9
Tel: 250-571-6146

Jay and Tara Giese
2328 Roosevelt Ave.; Enumclaw, WA 98022
(866) 638-1793 | (360) 825-4610 

Mr. Sidecar himself, with experience going back MANY decades in building, racing, etc... was Doug Bingham.  Dougie was VERY knowledgeable.   For ~30 years, Doug hosted the Griffith Park Sidecar Rally.   I, Snowbum, attended many of them.  I considered Dougie a personal friend, besides someone whom I raced against, sidecars off-road.
Doug's company was SideStrider, Inc., located in Van Nuys, California.  The website was  Doug died in early 2016.  The site is now gone.

WUMA Inc. "By Guenther", does all kinds of engine, transmission, final drive work on BMW'S and Guzzi's.  Guenther Wuest is a native of Germany and has Masters degrees in mechanics and electronics. He has over 25 years experience on BMWs. The company specializes in custom made transmissions (different ratios), customized engines and fuel injections systems. They also do complete restorations of BMW's and Guzzi's.   Guenther overhauls transmissions, HAS A CONVERSION TO THE BMW 5 SPEED TO GIVE A REVERSE GEAR.  It was about $2500 or so to do this, probably includes a full overhaul.  The reverse conversion is a full driveable gear, and uses an electromagnet for the shifting to prevent accidental engagement.  Neutral ends up between reverse and first, all forward gears are shifted UP.  A LOT of internal transmission parts are new, or are machined.  14 gears!  Shifting gears are undercut for easy shifting.  Changes are also made to the cover plate and housing, and a switch is put on the handlebar.  Ratios end up as 6 in reverse, 4.26 in first, 2.85 in second, 2.07 in third, 1.67 in fourth, and 1.50 in fifth.
6891 W  US Hy 150
Fredericksburg, IN 47120

Custom trailers, Ural wheels, accessories, ...sales and service on Ural and Royal Enfield, ETC.   Gene Langford, dba Holopaw Corvette, Inc., (407) 892-1901.

There are a lot of companies doing sidecar work.  If you don't see what you want on my URL and in this article, ask me....or ask the SCT LIST!....huge amount of experience and knowledge on that LIST!!...see just below:

Sidecar group in the United Kingdom (England), they have been around a very long time:

For manufacturer's involved with sidecars and trikes in general, resources such as the above Sidecar LIST (SCT2) on Yahoo, and industry websites, are easily found. There are also well-known manufacturer's of trikes, such as Lehman Industries.

This site has a fabulous collection of hundreds of photos of old 3-wheelers....  Try clicking on the several galleries near the top.  This is a source for LOTS of photos of old time motorcycles AND sidecars, etc.  This is an excellent source for photos, etc., of sidecars listed by manufacturer's name; and, other things.

For hard-to-find antique sizes of car tires for sidecars and tugs:

CarShoez (check the internet).

Coker tire company:  Coker has, for decades, purchased old tire molds from various mostly famous tire makers. Coker makes their own tires using those original molds, & the tires are good.   Coker also has fairly modern to very modern tires; plus, Coker also has tires available just for "shows" purposes.

Join USCA, the United Sidecar Association.  The USCA publishes a very nice slick magazine, with color photographs, sidecar enthusiasts information in depth, travel stories, workshops, where to find things, events calendar, for sale/trade etc.  Yearly and monthly events, etc.   The USCA also has a Facebook site,

More Sidecar-related sources on the Internet:

Claude Stanley's very busy sidecar company is a very good source for work, builds sidecar rigs to order, does setup, and most anything.  They make and install swaybars, and have some unique other items.   Very experienced designers-builders.    
Previously Claude's business was called  C Stanley Motorsports Inc.
Claude Stanley
8183 Route 522 Suite 30 Middleburg, Pa. 17842
Shop: (570) 837-5120
After Hrs.: (570) 765-8310
Longitude: -77.01608    Latitude: 40.78997

The USCA (United Sidecar Association):
This is a big club, in the USA.   DO JOIN.   They have various rallies around the USA every year.  In 2009, Penny and Snowbum hosted the National Rally here at So. Lake Tahoe.  See the various advertisments in the United Sidecar Association's printed, in color, bi-monthly publication:  The Sidecarist.   USCA, Inc.  PO Box 4301, Salem, OR  97302   High performance sidecars


I have not yet used this product, but it sounds interesting.   I do not know if they still offer it.  Many a time we sidecarists put on car tires, or change tire sizes fairly radically.   This can effect speedometer and odometer readings considerably.   So can modifying drive ratios.   Those with mechanical speedometers/odometers have choices of  modifying them, or some other means of recalibration.  Those that are more or less electronic have such as toothed wheels and magnetic pickups ...or Hall devices pickups ...etc. ...either must modify the electronics of the speedometer-odometer (sometimes the speedometer can be adjusted by an internal control (the odometer is a fixed method, like on a BMW Classic K model bike)....or find another method...or accept the errors.  This Australian company made a digital, ADJUSTABLE electronic divider box, just for this purpose:   I did not see it on their website, when looking at it in early 2018 nor in Dec. 2020;'d have to ask.

05/29/2006:  Add section 12.
05/29/2006:  Edit section 12 slightly, and give acknowledgement to Claude Stanley.
11/03/2006:  Add link.
12/30/2006:  Update with a lot more information.
06/01/2007:  Add #13.
07/22/2007:  Add hyperlinks for Hal Kendall, etc.
01/09/2008:  Fix hyperlinks for
04/21/2010:  Remove one bad link.
04/26/2010:  Remove bad Ural link.
02/01/2011:  Add link for more of Hal's books.
06/28/2011:  Remove dead hyperlink.
10/14/2012:  Add QR code, add language button, update Google Ad-Sense code.
2013:           Remove language button and code due to interference problems.
10/04/2014:  Updating.
02/22/2015:  Add #13, and add reference from #1 to #13.
03/29/2016:  Revise article; layout; metacodes, etc.
11/18/2016:  Move large part to ADDENDUM in sidecartech article.   Minor other work on metas, scripts, layout, etc.
12/09/2016:  Add link to haulnride.
04/17/2018:  Add link; correct address for this article from SC3 to SC3A
04/25/2018:  Total article update.  Check all links ...many were NG, so deleted them; same for those that have been inactive for two many years.  Updated a number of links.  Reduce HTML, colors, fonts.  Clarify some details.  Improved layout.  Add 10 pxl margins.
10/11/2020:  Remove all references to Yahoo Groups.
10/12/2020:  Some updating....but have NOT checked all the links!
12/19/2020:  Most links checked and corrected.

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