Automatic bikes are becoming an increasingly popular choice to power sidecar outfits.
Two automatic combinations that have recently rolled out of our Cotswold factory are a Suzuki Burgman 400 paired with a compact GP Manx and the distinctive Honda-DN-01 matched to a Monza sports touring sidecar.
“Automatic motorcycles and maxi scooters appeal to customers who might previously have chosen a touring bike or cruiser” says Watsonian Managing Director Ben Matthews. “They’re ideal for people who are looking for a more relaxed ride and those who may struggle with clutch and gears due to an injury or health issues.”
Fitting a sidecar to machines with modern frame technology and styling can be challenging. Typically, sidecars are attached using four steel arms, fixed onto the bike’s tubular frame. While the Burgman has a traditional cradle frame beneath its bodywork, the DN-01 doesn’t offer any obvious connection points, so our engineering team designed a special sub-frame, in order for the attachment arms to be connected in the optimal position for stability and security.
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