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Sidecars On Line Issue 41
The June 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 concludes his personal spectator lap of the Isle of Man TT course.
The regular feature of the Motorcycle Action Group's work is included and this time includes a tribute to the late Justine Travis, who worked tirelessly for several years as a dedicated volunteer. A sad loss for Steve, the family, MAG, and a multitude of friends.
So, why exactly does anyone choose a Vmax 1200 as a sidecar tug ?
Other stuff included, but perhaps best to take a look.

UK Pot Holes
That the roads of the UK are in an awful state is hardly news. Years of severe under funding by central government has created something of a nightmare for everyone. However, where the four plus wheelers - cars, vans and trucks - are only(?) prone to vehicle damage and the odd tooth filling, powered two wheelers, including riders and passengers are seriously affected. No, not affected, put at serious risk of serious injury, or worse.
Pleas to local councils to address the problem are routinely answered with the "no money" justification. Whatever else, it's a national scandal. However, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee has called for more funding for councils to be able to solve the pothole epidemic. The official comment reads;
“The fact that the English local road network has been allowed to decay to the point where it would take more than a decade to bring it up to a reasonable standard is a national scandal that shows dereliction of duty by successive governments and individual local councils. The government must act now to remedy this.”
It is to be hoped that something positive comes from this, although realistically, with all the political mess currently afflicting the UK, perhaps the best advice is "don't hold you breath".

Noisy Electric Cars
In all the hype about electric cars one of the lesser criticisms, beyond range and lengthy charging times, is their silence. Not that there's some demand for sounding like a racing car, at least not that anyone has seriously mentioned. No, it's all about making people aware of their presence.
The UK Department of Transport has proposed that moves will be made to ensure electric cars will emit a sound similar to a fossil fuel car’s engine when the vehicle is reversing or moving at low speed, although the paper also confirms that the sound can be ‘temporarily deactivated by the driver if judged necessary.’
However, no mention from the DoT regarding electric two wheelers as them producing a sound could be beneficial in preventing pedestrians from stepping off pavements in front of them. Somehow it could be that this proposal, like so many from the DoT, could be a long time in the realisation. Come the time though, could we have a choice of MotoGP bike sounds ?

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
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