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Sidecars On Line Issue 42
The September 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 involves recent ventures in to the UK classic motorcycle scene, something that has been a constant for many years.
The Motorcycle Action Group has concerned itself recently with the long term problem of motorcycle theft. A survey of UK police forces highlights two major issues. One of its magnitude, the other being the lack of police resources to satisfactorily find solutions. More about life with a Vmax. This time centred on the bike itself, specifically the clutch. Thankfully, easily resolved.
Finally, thoughts about how the unitiated, i.e. Joe public view the humble sidecar. Derision, humour, puzzled, curious, or some such.

Robbie Rhind Tutt
It is sad to report the passing of Robbie, the man and engineer behind Wasp Motorcycles. It was our pleasure to know and have dealings with him in the early 1980s when he was persuaded to produce his benchmark leading link forks for street sidecar outfits.

Whilst an apprentice Robbie bought a 350cc Velocette, and developed a passion for grass track, mainly interested in these specialist bikes engineering. With the machining and welding skills he acquired as an apprentice, he created winning designs, leading to demands for replicas.
Initially, Rob was still working during the day and building frames at night. More sales meant more success and led to setting up Wasp as his full time business in the late 60s. Within 15 years, Wasp sidecar outfits won multiple European and World Championships. Sidecar motocross and grass track machines were being sold worldwide. By the late 1970ís Wasp frames were being ridden faster than Norton or Yamaha engines could propel and it was time for a Wasp engine, so Rob came up with a Wasp 1000cc air cooled twin engine.
Around the same time Robbie began to produce leading link forks for road going sidecar outfits, plus a couple of versions of a road sidecar.
Well over 50 years and 5000 frames later, Wasp is now the most successful, longest surviving British motorcycle manufacturer - still making bikes to order, using the same methods in the same jigs. Rob Rhind-Tutt passed away peacefully on September 4th and sadly missed by all who knew him.

Another Long Ride - Electrifying ?
News from the Americas suggests that Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are setting out on another long-distance motorcycle trip for a TV series. This time using Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycles and electric pickup trucks for support. They plan to ride from Ushuaia, Argentina to Los Angeles.
McGregor and Boorman are to ride the new Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle, which is equipped with an electric motor rated at 78 kW (105 hp). It has a top speed of 110 mph (177 kph) and a city range of 146 miles (235 km). The range is expected to go down significantly when riding at highway speeds.
It is also reported that Rivian R1T pickup trucks are to be part of the trip as support vehicles. Two pre-production prototypes have been seen in Argentina doing winter testing.
and instead of being shipped back to the US, it is suggested the electric pickup trucks will make the journey with the Long Way Up documentary team.

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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