Category Archives: Sidecars

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Side order for Indian Chief

Chief-GP700-front_edited-1Watsonian’s range of British-built sidecars are now available to fit the current Indian Chief Vintage.

Big capacity American V-twins are a well-established favourite for sidecar use, thanks to their torquey motors, but until now the only fitting kits Watsonian has produced to attach its sidecars to American motorcycles are for Harley-Davidsons.

Delivering an incredible 150 Nm of torque, the Indian Chief’s 1811cc Thunderstroke V-twin engine has plenty of power to propel the largest sidecar that Watsonian produces – the wide-bodied GP700 – while its 46mm telescopic forks and 300mm floating discs (twin front, single rear) will easily manage the extra demands put on suspension and stopping power.

In order to ensure optimum load paths and triangulation for the sidecar, Watsonian designed a specially engineered tubular steel subframe, which bolts beneath the engine casing, providing a secure mount for the four attachment arms.

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Adapted sidecars are a ticket to ride

T214-KLIK3_edited-1Watsonian Sidecars offer a variety of modifications to allow riders with a disability to continue to enjoy the freedom and independence of motorcycling.

Fitting a sidecar holds a motorcycle upright, making it a practical proposition for riders experiencing mobility issues with their feet or legs. However, it is also possible to make significant changes to adapt the controls for motorcyclists with other disabilities.

“We build between one and two sidecars a week at our factory in the Cotswolds and, because each one is made to order, we can tailor it to suit the customer” explains Managing Director Ben Matthews. “All the guys in the workshop ride bikes, so they understand how to modify the controls and can add the riding aids when the fit the sidecar to the bike.”

Replacing the front brake lever with a K-Lever2 combines both front and rear brake levers on one side of the handlebar, while the thumb-operated Kliktronic electric gear shifter provides an alternative to the traditional hand-operated clutch and foot-operated gear lever.

Watsonian can also engineer a range of other additions for comfort and convenience, such as converting foot rests into foot plates or making a wheelchair carrier for the back of the sidecar.

The example pictured is a Watsonian wide-body GP700, colour matched to a limited edition Triumph Bonneville T100, fitted with Kliktronic and K-Lever2 controls.

Call 01386 700907 or email sidecars@watsonian-squire.com for more information.