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2017 RGU sidecar next project

For wife and I to continue to enjoy our trips the time is coming for change. Trikes do no appeal to us ,so another sidecar is the way to go. In May we are going though Murry Ky and stop in at Hannigan motorsports. We want to see a couple hacks we are interested in and check out Hannigan motorsports. They are only 530 miles away so that makes them number one on the list. Not new to sidecars I have some idea of what I want and don't want. I don't want short cuts so taking time to do this right. As of now the Classic Twin appears to meet our needs. The flip open was number one on wife list.
Wife will still ride on the bike, the Sidecar is mainly for storage and stability . The right setup like this with Quick disconnect will allow the removal of the side car with little effort. This will be my first Sidecar on a touring bike so there is a bit more to it.
The Sidecar is not that expensive , but when you add up everything else it does get to around $12,000. Below is a list of option we are looking at. Some may not be needed , that will all get figured out as we work with Hannigan. Plan is to have it on for next years trips. here is a list of options . If you have experience and something to suggest I am listening.

Disc Brake with Quick-Disconnect Hydraulics (Mandatory on Certain Bikes)
$695
ECC (electric camber control) (HIGHLY Recommended for ALL Bikes)
$595
Mag Wheel Upgrade (5 spoke brushed aluminum)
$65
Spoiler Trunk Lighted specify Red or Clear lens
$295
Cup Holder (Tri-Fold fixed)
$35
Plug 12 volt Accessory + Dual USB
$50
Seat Belt (Lap Belt Only)
$55
Steering Damper Kit (necessary for some bike applications)
$125
Convertible Top (includes all hardware)
$495

Steer-Lite All others (consult HMS representative for availability & necessity)
$995

Cover-medium weight nylon (silver only)
$135
Springs Heavy Front Fork (where applicable by make, model, and availabilty)

Paint - One Color Black hills Gold
$1,095
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I've never ridden with a side car or even rode a trike. But I am approaching that point in life. What are your thoughts/experiences, and why choose a side car over a trike.

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hacks are cooler than trikes .. Where in Murray is it , we go to the area every year for our RG run in September

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hacks are cooler than trikes .. Where in Murray is it , we go to the area every year for our RG run in September
We will be there the some time last two week ,last week of May. Heading to Gatlinburg.


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Those are great options that you have chosen, especially the Steer-rite if available. I have an older Hannigan double on a Gold Wing with a Leading Link conversion. Best thing I ever did, its like power steering. I don't know anything about Harley trikes; but, more than likely they have a trail reducing set-up that would work for a sidecar application.

Your wife thinks just like mine. She far prefers to ride on the bike and haul everything in the sidecar. You will be surprised how much they will carry.

Good luck with your project. Sidecars are a whole other world.

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I've never ridden with a side car or even rode a trike. But I am approaching that point in life. What are your thoughts/experiences, and why choose a side car over a trike.

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Trike bore me. They are to limited IMO. Hack set up right offers a lot more options . Sidecar is fun to ride. like a trike there is a learning curve. Had my sidecar out this morning for a nice 46 degree ride.
Pick Granddaughter up from school yesterday with it went for a ride and dinner the took her home .
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Decided on front end. I am going with HD Trike parts. Tree, the 2 inch longer tubes used on HD trike and trike damper. Adds a little cost but will give mea set up that keeps bike height the same with car on or off. Really what it amounts to is putting a trike front end on a RGU. Ordered the parts today.
Will get the front end installed when we get back for our trip in May. Then ride the bike a while with no sidecar attached and get use to the trike front end. We may need to shim the RG faring out just a little for clearance.


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The looks of the Heritage Sidecar catch my eye. But function seems to rule more as I age. The Classic Twin still appears to be the right one for us. Pretty sure the Trike front end will not get installed until we return from our planned ride the end of May. Like all new changes I am curious about the Trike front end . I have not found anyone that has done it on a bike with no sidecar yet.
I do know some do it when going with the 21-and over front tires. But that is not my reason for it.
I have had a chance to go over a 2014 Ultra limited done this way with a HD side car. It it as close to prefect as it gets. Owner however never removes the sidecar.


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Go to United Sidecar Association website. There's a ton of info on it. There is multiple discussions on removing vs leaving on the sidecar.
Almost every one I've spoken to with a Harley has decided to leave it on, because once you change the triple trees, the handling solo gets squirrelly. Good luck, Hannigan classic twin is an excellent hack
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