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Little break in the weather today. So I picked it up. While it was there I had the 190/60-R16 Car tire installed also. Soon as I rode it out of the shop Stopped and tried the Reverse. Worked prefect.
Then headed home. The Car tire felt great it handled well. I was surprised that it rode right up my Ice and snow covered drive way.
 

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It has been a journey installing a sidecar on the RGU. No regrets all the home work paid off and things went well and on budget. As with all projects always something that could have been done different. While the sidecar was being installed I had a new Motorcycle tire installed on the rear of the bike. Should have just went with the Car tire right away. In defense I was was not finished collecting the information I needed and had I done it then it would have been the wrong size.
The budget gave us a complete rig that did everything it should do right and made the setup one I could remove the sidecar if I wanted. After about 4,000 mile of getting to know the rig it was clear.
It is staying on all the time. Also decided to spend a little more on it and added a reverse. I have plans for some lights for the inside of the bags next and a radio for the Grandchildren in the sidecar.
In the big picture small stuff. Some of the cost maybe should not be figured in like tires you need them any way but I did include them. The Tuner was not necessary , something I wanted so it is in the numbers.
Unlike some peoples point of view the local HD dealer I go to was a big help. Their life times of experience with bikes was a big help and helped avoid mistakes. Shipping the sidecar to them and having them install it was the right call. The work to the bike front end was just right, Contrary to all the HD can't do it right crap I got. However do not have a shop not experienced with sidecars do it.
Cost, this was never intended to be a cheap venture. My other one is a budget job. This one had to be right and have everything. As of now including the bike at trip to Murry KY to visit Hannigan the cash spend is at $47,000. Sounds like a lot but when you go over the list of every detail not that bad. Heck a new trike is at $37,000 and we all know you spend more on it. Also a trike would never have met the reason this was done.
Sidecar is not for everyone, not every build needs to be as costly. If it is something you are considering. Do your home work. Listen to proven pro's not back alley frauds. Ignore the "they say" talk.
Some things are black and white others have more than one approach. If you shop right you can some times find a complete rig used at a great deal. But don't settle for less than your heart calls out for.
Pretty much done with the thread for now. Spring will come soon and some adventures are planned. About 5 weeks from now TN here it comes and ride over the missing Link bridge among other things. If you have question about anything that was done just ask.
Thanks to Mischler's HD/ BMW
Hannigan Motor Sports
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RoadGlide. org
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Well Spring is here. Not the best one we have had but winter is over. Payton and I made good use of the new RGU rig this winter. Her trips to school 25 miles one way and rides to doctors appointments were many. We put on just under 5,000 miles on the rig and it has preformed great. Putting a Car tire on the bike rear proved to be a good move so far. End of May TN trip two weeks just wife and I.
First time we have taken one of the sidecar rigs on trip longer than over night. Ride while you can "the years keep coming and they don't stop coming."
 

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Arriving in Gatlinburg TN Friday out us at just over 7,000 miles on the rig. It is working great. Rode deals Gap with it just because we can, and it was a blast with the sidecar. We pushed it hard and it did great. We rode the new section of the Foot Hills parkway and the missing link Bridge twice the view is amazing. I am not giving up two wheels for a long time but the sidecars adds to the riding experience.
 

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Update on the project. 9,700 miles on the rig as of yesterday. The change to a car tire on the bike rear was a good move, handles great and with 5,300 miles on the tire it still looks new.

The Hannigan Twin classic has been flawless and met all our needs. Other than the tire change and adding reverse no additional costs to the rig.

A 3,000 mile trip two up and loaded involving some hard Mountain riding was nothing but fun and a pleasure with it. The snap on covert-able top has proven to be water tight even in some hard rain. The EEC has shown it was worth the cost to added it to the sidecar. No doubt this is a big rig. Harley RGU and a twin classic. My choice on doing the front end was a HD trike setup.

My plan was I wanted to ride the bike with or with out the sidecar. The idea worked great but require explaining the results. The bike without the sidecar handles prefect in all riding conditions. It does have a 4 inch longer wheel base. So takes a little more to turn it around. With sidecar it steers well at normal riding speeds on normal roads. If you are at Speed limit it steers well. When you start pushing it hard in tight hair pin turns , aggressive riding the steering is a bit stiffer but nothing I can not handle. Riding it hard never pushed me to a point I felt it was not with in my limits or the bikes.

The they say crowd out there, said my 107 M8 engine would not pull the car. They are so wrong and uninformed. It will run at highway speeds anywhere and roll on the throttle you will get moving fast. We were in traffic at highway speeds of 70-85 mph for long distance and had no problems with power. I have had it to 105 Mph.
Only mod to the bike is a Powervision with an improved tune.

They say crowd, said you would get tired of it and it would sit. Wrong it is so much fun I am not taking it off the RGU. I have other bikes to ride if I want two wheels.

Wife made it clear that she was riding on the bike with me not in the sidecar. Well she has changed that . She rode 90% of this trip in the sidecar and loved it.

So can wife ride on the bike with the sidecar. Yes, Hannigan made the mounts so it works. It does handle different when she does at highway speeds. Best advice is to Transfer bags from bike to the sidecar when you ride two up on the bike.

The bike must be a strange one. It has not Transferred one drop from trans to primary, nor does it sump. Half way through this trip I opened the primary to check. I had changed the lube a bit before we left. Right at the point it was filled to.

Sidecar view of a fun road.

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Any problems noticed at all with the bike/sidecar together? I've never ridden with a sidecar but am thinking about getting a sidecar to travel with the dogs in the future. Any advice or pointers would be awesome.

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Any problems noticed at all with the bike/sidecar together? I've never ridden with a sidecar but am thinking about getting a sidecar to travel with the dogs in the future. Any advice or pointers would be awesome.

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Like most thing it is yes and no. Each case in different. I am not new to sidecars and have two. They are entirely different Rigs.
Yes sidecars are different, you ride bike drive a sidecar. How they handle depends on the work that goes into them.
All dogs love sidecars.
You must first know like most mods money spent is not coming back in full nor will it be flipped for profit when done.
Are you adding one to a bike you have or purchasing a bike for the rig.
Are you a person not worried about trying new things and can deal with bumps along the way as you step out into a new ride.
The RGU is a no short cut no cost spared rig. compare that to my 750 Street budget nothing but fun rig. Different world and a huge difference in cost. I will be happy to try and answer any question you have and point you to resources that can help you decide.


 

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Probably adding to my bike later down the road. I dont mind trying new things and can deal with problems as they come. This bike will probably stay with me for a long time I dont plan on getting rid of it unless it gives me a ton of issues which I'm hoping not and has *knock on wood* not giving me any problem yet

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Probably adding to my bike later down the road. I dont mind trying new things and can deal with problems as they come. This bike will probably stay with me for a long time I dont plan on getting rid of it unless it gives me a ton of issues which I'm hoping not and has *knock on wood* not giving me any problem yet

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Then the first question would be what do you ride and how much and far do you ride?
 

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Smitty Ole Bean........Plain and Simple.......you rock amigo, congrats - LOVE seeing stuff like this
Then you may like this Put a 155/60R15 car tire on the 750 Street with sidecar to replace factory 140/75R15 . And it ricks so far. I did ride the bike a bit with the sidecar removed it work well also.

 

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I dont get much time to ride right now due to having 2 jobs and farm work. But once the second job is done I'll have my weekends back. I ride an 18 road glide. I would possibly buy another bike for the sidecar is funds are there. When I do ride I like 300 to 500 mile days mostly 2 lane roads and scenic routes.

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I dont get much time to ride right now due to having 2 jobs and farm work. But once the second job is done I'll have my weekends back. I ride an 18 road glide. I would possibly buy another bike for the sidecar is funds are there. When I do ride I like 300 to 500 mile days mostly 2 lane roads and scenic routes.

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On some thing like a RG or RGU you going to want a heftier car. The lower coast ones are a bit light for the bike. Sidecar setup right is great for 300-500 mile day on scenic roads.
Budget is a big issue to figure out. Setting one and find out of you desires and needs can be met with in it.
Example: The sidecar on my 750 Street has $4,000 tied up in it. That would be every last penny. The one on the RGU would come out to about $15,000 . Yours falls some where between those two numbers. There is a Brand of lighter sidecar That is not junk you can get the Hack for under 3 grand. You may want to look them over.
Red Wolf.
https://redwolfsidecars.com/about-us-1

The two best places IMO are Hannigan and DMC. You will see statements like this from many manufactures, don't bet on it there may still need to be a little to a lot of fab work to make the mounts work.

MOUNTING HARDWARE: - The Universal Mounting Kit makes it possible to attach the sidecar to virtually any current motorcycle with round tube frame, custom fabrication may or may not require depends on model and year of your bike.
 

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The hankook 426 car tire served me well on the rear of the bike with sidecar. Traction was great dry , wet and snow, wear was 4 times a motorcycle tire. the 426 is a cheaper tire so this time trying a better rated tire. Michelin Premier A/S this time. 195/60R16 do not offer a lot of options . Goes on Friday.
 
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