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Sidecars On Line Issue 43
The belated October issue of
Sidecars on Line is available to view and download.
The presentation is a little different. It is now a link to the host website rather than being embedded on our website. However, if preferred, a download facility via Google continues.

Oscar's Odyssey is about a literary account of one man's efforts at the 1950 Isle of Man TT races.
The Motorcycle Action Group has been very forthright in its view of bureaucratic and political emphasis on transport provision, particularly in respect of personal tranpsort choices. The preoccupation with technology is in denial about the benefits of owered two wheelers in terms of protcecting the environment, traffic congestion, and individual freedom.
Also, update on an ongoing sidecar project involving a Goldwing 1500 and a Squire QM sidecar. The emphasis this time being on the sidecar.
The influence of motorcycle magazines has been a key part in influencing over 55 years of a motorcycling life. How times have changed.

Marquez Double in MotoGP
Marc Marquez has once again secured the title of world champion in the premier class of MotoGP. This is the Spaniard's eighth title in world championship motorcycle racing and yet another title for the Repsol Honda team. The challenges from established riders and teams were as expected, especially from Ducati mounted Andrea Dovizioso, who finished in second place overall. However, a new breed has also shown its mettle, particularly the young French rider Fabio Quartararo, and Maverick Vinales. The anticipated challenge from Repsol team rider Jorge Lorenzo never materialised. Injury and failure to master the Honda suggests the former Yamaha champion will be moving on.
A Marquez "double" was achieved by the Moto2 championship being won by brother Alex. Speculation will no doubt occur on what may be the next step for the "other champ".
Perhaps the other big win has been the apparent success of the new adopted Moto2 engine, the Triumph three. Quite an achievement even if not much appears to have been said about it.

Harley Livewire Recall
Although it appears reasonably insignificant, the recall of Harley's electric motorcycle, the Livewire, might have created some doubts about the much publicised machine. Only time will tell on this one.
What remains interesting is the publicity in some quarters that follows the same line taken with electric automobiles, namely an emphasis on electricity running costs compared with fossil fuel. Whilst the attractive figures are tempting prospects, they are on the basis of current costs. In a world where taxation and fuel duties are an integral part of government incomes, it is hard to conceive that there is no possibility that national treasury departments will simply kiss goodbye to what they currently gain from taxing users of petrol and diesel vehicles. The very attractive proposition of lower energy costs is likely to be short lived as governments determine alternative strategies to raise income.

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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