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Sidecars On Line Issue 52
The April 2021 issue of
Sidecars on Line is available to download, now with a direct link.
It is now also possible to download some previous issues directly.

A for Issue 52, Oscar's Odyssey reflects on a past motorcycle sporting event, the Baitings Dam Hill Climb.
SideLines reports on motorcycle manufacturers agreement to standardise batteries on electric motorcycles. A couple of articles concentrate on a popular talking point in sidecar circles. Leading link forks. Again, updates on ther never ending political work of the Motorcycle Action Group.

Electric Motorcycle Batteries
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have agreed a common approach to the specification of batteries for electric motorcycles. The agreement aims to make it viable for any of their relevant products to feature "swappable" batteries. and so provide an alternative to charging away from a home base.
It is presumed that this will mean a rider being able to stop and have their battery exchanged as opposed to charging. In principle providing a fully charged battery in a minimum time. However, the nature of such batteries suggests that the exchange will not be self service due to the inherent high voltage issues involved.

2022 TT Programme
The announcement of the Isle of Man TT schedule for 2022 really does highlight the negative effects of the worldwide pandemic. That the traditional June races have been abandoned for two years will have been an economic shock for the island and business interests so reliant on the annual event.
As for competitors, the situation will have presented its own traumas. In some cases the likelihood is that they will not return, either because of the financial implications, or that the habitual commitment will have disappeared. To what degree the extended absence will have long term consequences, only time will tell.

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.

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