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Sidecars On Line Issue 33
The February issue of
Sidecars on Line is now available to view and download.

Riding what bis described as an "adventure" style sidecar outfit has not featured as part of our sidecar experience. This changed with a test ride of a Triumph Tiger triple based special on our 2017 trip to Colorado. Suffice to say that it was as good as the images we had seen months previously. Correction, it was better, notably for SidecarPat, who described the ride in the elevated sidecar position as better than any previously experienced.
Oscar's Odyssey recall past trips to road care meetings at Oliver's Mount race circuit in North Yorkshire. Good times made memorable because our popular scribe recorded so much with his trusty cameras.
The limitations of an old school, sports style UK sidecar were not apparent when you're a couple, or indeed when two children are small enough. However, needs must, so a solution was to hand by altering the Palma. And so, it came to pass that our 8 year old sidecar was sawn in half . . .
Other features, adjusting Vmax carburettors amongst others, and thoughts about change in two aspects of our existence. Read on.

Biggest Recall for Harley ?
Mass produced items are generally, reliable, and safe. However, the very nature of rapid assembly allied to the nature of bought in components; potentially marginally skilled assembly workers; and possible material defects, can mean problems.
Vehicle design and complexity, especially with large volume production, means issues will arise from time to time. Issues are generally minimal and easily resolved. Trouble is that every now and again a defect can become a headline grabber.
Harley Davidson is not alone with the recalls it has undertaken, but its latest voluntary recall to deal with a brake problem is significant. The projected cost to the company is estimated at $29.4 million and affects 251,000 bikes made between 2008 and 2011, the vast majority in the USA.
Harley's response follows 43 complaints, 3 crashes, and 2 injuries. Whilst even a single issue is of concern, particularly with a serious safety system such as the braking, not exactly an epidemic. In Harley's favour is that they have acted even though the brake failure problem is said to relate to the lack of undertaking a 2 year brake fluid service requirement.

London Charge for Motorcycles
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has decided to amend the daily charging to enter central London, so that entering the area will cost 12.50. The Ultra Low Emmission Zone (ULEZ) charge will apply for vehicles deemed to contribute to the UK capital's severe air quality problem. Certain vehicles are exempt such as electric vehicles, but curiously non electric powered two wheelers, the most efficient powered vehicle for actually moving around the metropolis, will also have to pay 12.50 per day !
Of course, there must be scientific evidence to justify that small, economic powered two wheeler vehicles are significantly polluting, environment threatening modes of transport. Surely, Transport for London have the evidence somewhere ? Ah yes, but no it can't be that the existing congestion charge raised 250 million for Transport for London in 2014/15.

Chaostours - Sidecar Couple conclude travels

Kerstin and Kevin Holford, our German based friends' kept up with their online blog whilst in South America with a detailed posting, plus images of their travels dated 11th May 2016.

Kerstin and Kevin have been in contact to report they have indeed returned home following conclusion of their epic journey. Totally understandable circumstances justified calling it a day when in South America. They might have curtailed their memorable adventure, and so not fulfilled the original plan, but this hardly detracts from the experience, the pleasure and admiration gained from reading their blog, plus a collection of truly amazing images. In our mind, total heroes.
The challenge now is to settle back into being home, which, although understandbly not easy, is something with which they will eventually handle.
If you haven't yet had a visit to the blog it's well worth a look. The experiences are something else, whilst the images are stunning.

Photo courtesy of Chaostours

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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