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Sidecars On Line Issue 38
The December issue of
Sidecars on Line is available to view and download.

End of another calendar year. In a world of uncertainty, has it ever truly been "certain", the diversion of the motorcycles and sidecars (yes, more than one) has been useful. Slow at times, but useful.
A trip to Germany to visit sidecar friends provided insight into their new venture, Kev's Hot Oven, after an impressive world tour. Deserved a write up.
Always been intriugued by the use of letters and numbers when identifying motorcycles. The fact that seemingly random chosen letters morph into words such as "Gixer" only adds to this facet of our petrol head world. Unless of course you're talking Harley . . .
Oscar's Odyssey has an international flavour arising from his contacts in the New Zealand Sidecar Register. Other side of the world and a common language of "Sidecar" as well as English !
Finally, our digital world has much to offer, but it isn't all sweetness and light as far as we can see. The modern concept of "Smart" certainly isn't always smart whatever the claims.

Harley Adventure Bike ?
The iconic, long lasting US motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson, has had a checkered history in terms of its popularity, commercial success, and product quality. Different ownership regimes, foreign competition, and financial constraints have all been factors over the years when it comes to staying in business. Even politicians have had a say in how the "Company" has been viewed, both positive and negative.
For many years the Harley image has been centred around a particular look around the familiar big bore vee twin engine. Variations have been successful in providing alternatives to fashionable trends offered by others. The formula has generally been successful, long pasting, as well as creating a loyal customer base. Harley is a lifestyle, probably more than any other associated with street motorcycling.
However, there has been the need to respond to more significant trends, which Harley has occassionally addressed, but now there appears to be a more significant effort in the release of the adventure bike styled Pan America. This mould breaker is a ticket into the most vibrant market in world motorcycling that began with the BMW GS in 1980. The descendants of the original are considered the benchmark, so it will be interesting to see how Harley's version shapes up to the GS and other manufacturers' interpretations of the breed.

Chaostours - Sidecar Couple's New Venture

Kerstin and Kevin Holford, our German based friends' spent three and a half years on world trip through Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Problems prevented carrying on into Central America, North America, and Africa, but the whole exercise still proved to be an epic, life changing experience.
On their return the pair have embarked on a business providing mobile catering based upon the culinary experiences gained whilst in many lands. The added ingredient is that the venture incorporates their love of motorcycles and sidecars.
We wish them well.

Watsonian 75 Years
OK we know that Watsonian reached a centenary in 2012, but what the heck.
The booklet produced for Watsonian Sidecars 75th anniversary is available via our
Download page.

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