Category Archives: Sidecars

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Watsonian Sidecars on BBC1

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in a Watsonian sidecar

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in a Watsonian sidecar

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the latest in a long line of celebrities to take a seat in a Watsonian sidecar.

The interior designer arrived at a building site in Gloucestershire in a Ducati Scrambler/Watsonian Manx outfit during filming for DIY SOS: The Big Build. The prime time television programme, now in its 28th series, is broadcast on BBC1 and this episode is due to appear early next year.

Watsonian Sidecars celebrate their 105th anniversary this year and are often called upon to provide transport for filming; last year Penelope Keith – star of The Good Life and To The Manor Born – took a trip in a Watsonian Grand Prix for her Hidden Villages series on Channel Four and in 2014 Ant & Dec drove a Watsonian outfit in the trailer for Britain’s Got Talent. Watsonian also supplied the sidecar outfits that appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Demand for sidecars has increased significantly this year and the Cotswold factory is running close to capacity, fulfilling orders from domestic and overseas customers.

“We’re currently making 50% more sidecars than last year, and that was our busiest since 2010” says Sales Director Ben Matthews. “Exports are up – we have a very enthusiastic distributor in the USA – and UK sales remain strong. Customers like the fact that their sidecar will be made to order by British craftsmen to their specification – it makes it that bit more special.”

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Ducati Scrambler Sidecar Concept

Scrambler-MCL16

We built this Ducati Scrambler sidecar concept for the Motorcycle Live show last November, to gauge public reaction to an outfit designed for the new wave of bobbers & street scramblers. It will be displayed at the prestigious Bike Shed London event on 27/28 May and after that it will be available for sale.

It features many pleasing details, like the seat, which is upholstered to match the bike’s saddle, and the indicator and tail light, incorporated into the mudguard mounting.

This one-off outfit is available to buy – brand new – for just ££12,995-. Full details are available HERE