Sidecar driving is different. At the motorcycle store there was a combination that looked like it had driven at full speed into a fairly mature ditch. And look at that: it was like that too. But there is a learning moment in the story. Sidecar driving is a branch that has just as much to do with motorcycling as Monsterboard and the Olympic Games have to do with changing lanes.
Driving a sidecar?
That is why a professional sidecar seller will always properly instruct his client in advance and tell him that the first thousand kilometers are the practice kilometers. In fact, it is even of vital importance to follow a training course with one of the few Dutch sidecar specialists. Because unprepared sidecar driving is just as dangerous as being pampered orally by a pit bull terrier.
Practice first. Then lessons. Then really drive. And then it only becomes dangerous because, as a new-born tricycle driver, you have the idea that you understand the situation. Then it goes wrong. Because if something unexpected happens in the wild between the 1000-5000 kilometer of public road in that phase, the newly-fired sidecar driver will react according to the old scratches on his hard drive. That has been proven. And whether you then react like a motorist would do or react like a motorcyclist would do; then it goes cold.
Practice makes perfect
For those reasons I once drove an adult refuge to death. But the warning applies to the entire width of the tricycle. The example of all misery covered with duckweed and hit fish was more than proof of that. Because the driver of that had not even arrived at the first 1000 km.
But it can go wrong
In fact, things went wrong after the first few meters. The man had ordered his "free house" tricycle. Despite all the insistence of the seller to first come and practice on the local industrial site. There is still plenty of room in Genemuiden. The brand new owner had explained that he was an experienced motorcyclist and that there was a garden associated with his Groningen property that was larger than the whole of Genemuiden. Enough space to learn the craft of tricycle pilot.
Starting the tricycle went smoothly. Putting it in first gear too. Then the brave tricycle made a rocket start in which the driver briefly forgot what he had to do. The combination rammed the real concrete garden ornament with water-spitting trumpet angel, broke through the white fences behind which the horses stood and dived into the adult wetlands for the gentlemen's farm. The first ride was a hundred meters long and 1 meters deep and the owner broke an arm and a wrist.
It argued for the man that his combination could be made. And then take some sidecar lessons.
But sidecars are fun!
The trumpet angel did not survive the blow. The horses were shocked but not injured. And because of all those horror stories, you shouldn't let yourself be sidelined. Riding sideways is fun. But very different.
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