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Honda sidecars?

  • 29 Oct 2013 4:33 PM
    Message # 1424058

    Was there ever a side car built for the 1974 Honda cb360. Is there any such thing available today??? If so, how much do you suppose one might cost???

  • 30 Oct 2013 9:54 AM
    Reply # 1424532 on 1424058
    A.
    Walt Lindgren wrote:

    Was there ever a side car built for the 1974 Honda cb360. Is there any such thing available today??? If so, how much do you suppose one might cost???

    No, not a specific Honda sidecar. I seem to remember that motorcycles by most manufacturers in the 1970s, and later, declared that their motorcycles were not designed to be fitted with sidecars,. Probably for warranty and legal liability reasons. Exceptions were Jawa, who made the Velorex sidecar for their 350cc twins, Dneiper and Ural who made ( still make in the case of Ural) specific sidecar models.

    Older British motorcycles, particularly the larger engined ones, would have built-in lugs to accept the usual sidecar fittings made at the time, if the bike was designed for sidecar use.

    "Universal" sidecar fitting kits are available from specialist sidecar dealers to allow the fitting of Cozy, Ural, Velorex and other brands of sidecars to different brands and sizes of new and old motorcycles. In some cases ( 1970-85 BMW twins for example) special sub-frames may be needed to stiffen the motorcycle frame and provide appropriate attachment points for a particular make and model of sidecar.

    My advice - for what it is worth - is that fitting a sidecar to a particular bike which was not intended or designed to pull a sidecar requires expert knowledge and experience. And the cost of this, plus the cost of the actual sidecar and components needed (or needed to be fabricated can make the purchase of a designed-motorcycle-plus-sidecar unit (eg a modern Ural unit) seem cheap by comparison.

    AFJ
  • 31 Oct 2013 4:23 PM
    Reply # 1425685 on 1424058

    Thank for your prompt reply.  I pretty much figured that would be the answer in the end.  But, it never hurts to inquire.... Anyway, maybe we will meet on the road some day.  I am in the Quinte section. I hope to have my little cb360 Honda on the road next year. till then, thanks. Yours in cycling, Walt.

  • 09 Mar 2014 7:38 PM
    Reply # 1514040 on 1424058
    Walt Lindgren wrote:

    Was there ever a side car built for the 1974 Honda cb360. Is there any such thing available today??? If so, how much do you suppose one might cost???


    Hi Walt,
    I don't think Honda ever built a sidecar for any of their bikes.
    Your best bet buying new is a Cozy, cost you $3,000+ plus install.
    A used lightweight sidecar (again, Cozy; Velorex; the several iterations of the Spirit Eagle etc.) although hard to find, can be had for far less.
    Trouble with buying used is that you have to DIY the install.
    Mind you, any fool with a stickwelder can build a sidecar frame from square tube and an Indispension wheel.
    Building a reasonable looking tub will involve serious sheetmetal &/or boatbuilding skills but a cargo box can be faked up from a fridge or deepfreeze shell or by using a pickup truck cargo box from Canadian Tire.
    Fred Hill, S'toon.


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