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Sidecars On Line Issue 29
The June issue of
Sidecars on Line is now available to view and download.

Riding time sometimes has to compete with other things, life is like that. As better weather and motorcycle events kick it affects the project to create another sidecar outfit. However, progress, although slower than planned, is being made.
Recalling past motorcycles continues with memories of a rather unusual special solo bike that was destined to even haul along a sidecar.
Oscar's latest tale features a particular "female" called Ada. Nice Yorkshire name, and involved in some memorable affairs.
Other stuff about a celebratory event related to 100 years of motoring, and thoughts about, amongst other things, the items that protect your feet.
Ther Vmax outfit has now been around for enough time to have its own short history considered. As ever with the various three wheel vehicles that have passed this way, about the changes, adaptations, and simply getting used to a very different vehiclke from what went before.

Nicky Hayden
US professional motorvcycle racer, Nicky Hayden, the "Kentucky Kid", passed away on 22nd May 2017 at the age of 35. An incident with a car whilst riding a pedal cycle had resulted in the 2006 MotoGP World Champion being severely injured from which this respected American could not recover.
Number 69 excelled in all the motorcycle sports he competed in from being a young child. Race wins and champioships were very much part of Nicky's racing career, yet as noteworthy is that he was well liked and p[opular amongst competitors, associates, and fans. The consequence of which has been a widespread sadness at his passing.
Nicky Hayden was part of a close family with his two brothers, two sisters, and the parental driving forces of Earl and Rose. Motorcycles are very much part of the Hayden family DNA.
It is ironic that in many thousands of miles riding motorcycles with incredible skill and style, at speeds way beyond the abilities of mere mortals, Nicky Hayden lost his life as a result of riding a pedal powered two wheeler. Tragic.
However, the positive thing is that he has left behind great memories of an outstanding career taking on the best, and winning with a smile.

Images and Contributions
Now and again an image, or other possible item of interest, is received. Some are clearly directed at a personal level. However, there are images and items, which might be seen as having wider appeal, even be appropriate to reach a wider audience.
With this in mind, if anyone would like to have something included on this website, or potentially in our online magazine,
Sidecars On Line , then do get in touch.
As a starter, and really taking a bit of a punt, this image was recently received with no explanation from the sender. The assumption is that it's worth sharing. If anyone can identify it would be appreciated.

Hedingham Sidecars ?
It is now old news that the manufacture of Hedingham sidecars has ceased. However, there have been suggestions that there might be moves to resurrect the brand by other parties.
How this also affects any possible relaunch of Unit leading fork production, probably a more significant question mark, is equally open to conjecture.
Maybe there are things going on in the background that might eventually provide answers. In the meantime we are all left to wonder if there is any scope for a Hedingham comeback.

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.

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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