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Flexible Sidecars


Here will be discussed attaching the sidecar to the motorcycle as a Flexible Sidecar.


Flexit Sidecar

Flexible, Parallel and Leaning sidecars have been around since 1903.
In the hands of a professional, they outperformed a conventional ridgid hack.


Advantages:
No need for Leading Link modifications or Steering Damper.
Safer cornering with counter steering.
Cannot accidentally "Fly the Chair".
Experienced solo riders can easily ride a flexible or leaner sidecar.
Disadvantages:
Drivers of "Hacks" will need to re-learn to ride a leaner sidecar (counter steering).
Following is presented an explanation of a Flexible Sidecar, links to manuals explaining the construction/attachment and past and present flexible sidecar manufacturers.

Flexible Sidecars

What makes Flexible Sidecars unique is the location of the sidecar wheel in the centre. This is also the reason we did not consider a Flexible Sidecar as a good option for wheelchair access. The occupant in the wheelchair would sit too high in the sidecar boat. The ramp would need to be too long to enable access, to ensure the ramp would not be too steep.

1. Equalean Sidecars
aqualean sidecars  Aqualean Sidecar
Wally Wallick, was the founder of the EQUALEAN sidecar business, a flexible sidecar built from 1975 until 1984.
Aqualean Sidecar Manual: Click Here

The video below shows a double flexible sidecar they have built.



2. Flexit Sidecars
Flexit Photo
Flexit Sidecar

Only aproximately 200 Flexit sidecars were built between 1981 and 2005.
There is a F
lexit Sidecar Owners Group (FSOG) dedicated to the promotion, preservation and perpetuation of all of the surviving Flexit sidecars: Click Here
Flexit Site: Click Here

Flexit and Aqualean Sidecars: Click Here
Flexit Construction: Click Here

Video: Click Here
The Water Doesn't Spill: Click Here
A Curious Attachment: Click Here

3. Fleximum Sidecars
Fleximum Leaner Sidecar  Fleximum
                      Leaner Sidecar
Fleximum Sidecars are located in Canada.
http://www.side-car-club-francais.com/panoramaside/fleximum/standard.htm


4. Homemade Flexible Sidecars

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgC_eQLuiks

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDFxL-ye1qI


Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utFr97TayLU

US Patent Flexible sidecar
http://www.google.com/patents/US4385770


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Disclaimer:  Videos and Manuals on the Haul N Ride website are a guide only and we recommend seeking qualified instruction. Some videos were made in the USA, therefore the advice given is relevant in Australia, and can improve your riding skills, providing you remember that we ride on the Left Hand Side of the Road. Instructions given on this website are given as a guide only. Engineering, safety and legal advice should be sought before modification begins. Images displayed are public domain, royalty free to the best of our knowledge. Images are not used for profit or resale and are used for educational purposes only. If you believe an image belongs to you, please let us know and we will remove it immediately. Thankyou.

  
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