She certainly enjoyed her first trip in a chair and the producers uncovered some fabulous vintage footage of Watsonian sidecars from the 1920s and 1950s.
Click here to see the programme on the Channel 4 website – we’re 21 minutes in, sandwiched between a silk mill and a brewery!
The torquey 67 HP twin is well suited to sidecar work and modern Bonnevilles are one of the most popular choices for Watsonian customers, both in the UK and overseas.
The GP700,is a wide-bodied sidecar with a 700 mm bench seat, suitable for an adult + child or two children. Its fibreglass body retains the traditional octagonal nose shape from the 1930s, trimmed with polished aluminium beading, and its 16” wheel with stainless spokes complements the Bonneville’s classic wire spoke wheels. Dual Sport Continental TKC70 tyres were fitted to the T100 and the GP700 gets a Bridgestone Trail Wing on/off road tyre.
Plenty of secure luggage space is provided in the lockable boot, which measures 60 x 610 x 400 mm.
Re-painted to the customer’s specifications, the design was inspired by motorcycle combinations from the 1940s, with the bike seat re-upholstered in tan with red piping, to match the chair in the sidecar.
Watsonian build sidecars in their factory in the North Cotswolds and are the UK’s largest and longest-established manufacturer (founded in 1912).