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    Question regarding a side car idea

    Hey Everyone,

    Looking for some opinions. I have a 2019tw200 that I ride around my town everywhere. I am considering getting a sidecar that is set up for ice cream as a small business idea.

    My only question really is will my bike be ok with a 275 lb sidecar as long as I am just cruising along. I have seen TW's with sidecars but just wanted to get some thoughts from this forum in the meantime.

    Keith

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    Personally, I would not do it. The bike is under powered and under braked on its own without adding 275# to the side of it, plus the weight of the ice cream. I'm sure if you are just putting around town it would be OK. I just wouldn't chance it myself.
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    I'd think you would want to regear it lower. Also put some stiffer fork and shock springs on it.
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    There are similar hacks hooked to Vespa's and other scooters for commercial use. There is such a Vespa rig parked not to far from where I work with the hack being a hipster coffee wagon.
    As long as it is set-up correctly (and it sounds like you are going to do it for a commercial endeavor) it should be fine. Riding such a beast on the highway might be prohibitive though so keep that in mind. There is a "Triangle of Safety" built around every purpose-built sidecar rig. It is what determines how I load mine for road or off-road with gear and bolt-on equipment... staying within that "Triangle". In the case of a TW which was not geared or designed to be a "TUG" it may limit its use as a regular street bike.

    I would contact a company like Dauntless to ask them for expert opinions and recommendations. They have done a number of KLR sidecar conversions for off-road use and are well versed with these questions. A regular bolt on frame by a good welder is fine but for continued use as a real motorcycle and safety's sake I'd contact the experts.
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    Thanks very much Stagewex. That is exactly the company and sidecar I was looking at!
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    Your welcome.
    This guy had a good idea:

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    Quote Originally Posted by stagewex View Post
    Your welcome.
    This guy had a good idea:

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    Wow, you just jarred a memory for me... Buster Brown shoes. Kinda looked like the Cracker-Jack guy but with a Dutch hat, not the Navy hat. And a wink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stagewex View Post
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    The ice cream sales from a TW sidecar might be a very good idea. The novelty of it might attract many a customer.
    If not there are other uses for a sidecar I'm sure you could discover.
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