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Sidecars On Line Issue 35
The June issue of
Sidecars on Line is available to view and download.

Motorcycling in the UK, as elsewhere in the world, is constantly under threat as an activity. Regulation and bureaucracy is a minefield and would likely eliminate this form of transport overnight given the chance, In the UK the most active organisation in the fight to ride motorcycles is MAG, the Motorcycle Action Group. So, exactly what they do for us is revealed.
Running out of fuel may be rare, nay, is something that doesn't repeat too often after initial, probably irritating experiences. Yet, it can still occur, so read about a particular way of addressing the possibility.
Speaking of experience draws attention to the potential for what Brits might call a "numb bum" after a few hours in the saddle. Airhawk air cushions is a solution that we have found does a reasonable job of making lengthy rides viable.
Finally, Oscar reflects on his long term sidecar mate, Alf. Yet another example of old school, Yorkshire flavoured sidecarring.

MotoGP Rider Changes for 2019
Probably the biggest news out of the MotoGP paddock is that after two years riding the works Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo, a class champion with Yamaha, is moving to Repsol Honda. Intriguing in that this puts him alongside current champion, Marc Marquez, and that mid season Lorenzo has won races on the Ducati ahead of his fellow Spaniard, Marquez. For sure, the prospect of this top two battling for the big prize, already has fans contemplating another exciting season in 2019.
The consequence of Lorenzo's move has seen Dani Pedrosa leaving the works Honda outfit. Although detail is sparse as this is written, the suggestion is a ride with the Yamaha satellite team, which will back up the official works effort. This will be a new name on the MotoGP grid as the long running Yamaha arrangement with Herve Poncheral's Tech 3 (trois) ends this season. Tech 3 riders will be on KTM machinery.

Trade Wars and Harley Davidson
The 2017 change in the White House has many wonderung what comes next. Much of the time it can be ignored, unless fears about war and such like seem to be on the menu, but recent events with world trade has caused unrest on the motorcycling front.
Import tariffs, i.e. taxes on certain imported goods, are affecting European manufacturers and US motorcycle companies, not least, Harley Davidson. Large increases on the price of a Harley exported to Europe has resulted in the company saying that production will be moved elsewhere, i.e. existing Harley factories in Thailand. As well as Thailand, the Milwaukee company already has production lines outside the USA such as India. As this is written, this whole issue is a very hot topic.

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.
http://www.kk-chaostours.com/2016/05/11/patagonia-it-blew-us-away/

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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