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Flexible Sidecar Combination – Both the Bike and Sidecar Lean

Flexible Sidecar

Flexible Sidecars – Counter Steering at its Best


You will find on this web page a discussion regarding the attachment of a sidecar to a motorcycle as a Flexible Sidecar Combination.

In this combination, the sidecar leans in the same direction as the motorcycle.

Aqualean Sidecar Motorcycle Combination

We will investigate the problems with other sidecar combinations and look at the benefits this combination can offer.

Flexible, Parallel and Leaning sidecars have been around since 1903.
In the hands of a professional, they outperformed a conventional Rigid Hack.

Pros:

  • Experienced solo riders can easily ride a Flexible, Parallel or Leaner sidecar
  • Minimal Modification: No need for Leading Link modifications or Steering Damper
  • Safer cornering with counter steering
  • Cannot accidentally “Fly the Chair”
  • Can be mounted closer to the motorcycle, reducing width, when compared to a Leaner Sidecar or Parallel Sidecar

Cons:

  • Drivers of “Hacks” will need to re-learn to ride a leaner sidecar (counter steering)
  • Centrally located sidecar wheel make it unsuitable for wheelchair access
  • Requires complex attachment in comparison to a Leaner Sidecar
  • Cannot be easily disconnected from the motorcycle to allow solo riding as is possible with a Leaner Sidecar

 

Now we will look at examples of Flexible Sidecars, from the past to the present, built by various manufacturers and the construction and attachment of flexible sidecars.

Flexible Sidecar Manufacturers


What makes Flexible Sidecars unique is the location of the sidecar wheel in the centre of the boat.

This is the reason I did not consider a Flexible Sidecar as a good option for wheelchair access. The occupant in the wheelchair would sit too high in the sidecar boat. Also, to ensure the ramp would not be too steep, would require a long ramp to enable access.

 

Past Manufacturers of Flexible Sidecars

 

EQUALEAN Flexible Sidecars


Wally Wallick and his son Ghraydon Wallick were the founders of the EQUALEAN sidecar business, a flexible sidecar built from 1975 until 1984.

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

EQUALEAN sidecars built about 270 units before going out of business in the recession of the 1980’s.

Shark Aqualean Flexible Sidecar
Ghraydon with his Shark/EQUALEAN rig and 9’6″ long board on Maui, 1990.

Ghraydon has kept his dad’s personal sidecar, as well as the original passenger prototype in storage ever since, believing it would one day enjoy a renaissance.

Aqualean Flexible Sidecar frame

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Mike Corbin in Hollister, Ca. and Ghraydon have signed an agreement and Mike will bring EQUALEAN into the 21st century.

Anyone familiar with Mike’s products knows they’re first class. EQUALEAN never had a better opportunity to succeed than with Mike Corbin on board.

 

 

Aqualean Motorcycle Flexible Sidecar

Read the Full Story of where Aqualean Sidecars are Today! Full Story Here

 

Flexit Flexible Sidecars


Only approximately 200 Flexit sidecars were built between 1981 and 2005.

Flexit Sidecar Combination

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

Flexit Sidecar Site: Click Here

Flexit Construction: Click Here

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

The Water Doesn’t Spill

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

Flexible Flexit Sidecar

EquaLean & Flexit – Flexible Sidecar Combinations

Fleximum Sidecars


A Past Manufacturer of Flexible Sidecars

Fleximum Flexible Sidecar Motorcycle Combination

Fleximum Sidecars were built in Canada.

Fleximum Flexible Motorcycle Sidecar Combination

Fleximum Flexible Motorcycle Sidecar Combination

Fleximum Flexible Motorcycle Sidecar Combination

Fleximum Flexible Motorcycle Sidecar Combination

Fleximum Flexible Motorcycle Sidecar Combination

Fleximum Flexible Motorcycle Sidecar Combination

Fleximum – Motorcycle Flexible Sidecars

Homemade Flexible Sidecars


US Patent Flexible sidecar
http://www.google.com/patents/US4385770

Flexible Sidecars are Awesome


Flexible Sidecars lean in the same direction as the motorbike and therefore are a very safe method to attach a sidecar/motorcycle combination.

Yvon’s Flexible Sidecar Gallery


Click image to visit gallery…

Flexit Flexible Sidecar Combination

Summary of the Problems with a Rigid Hack Sidecar Combination


  • The need to convert the front end to Leading Link and add a Steering Damper (expensive and requires an engineer and modification approval)
  • The danger of Flying the chair on a bend will steer you in a straight line until you can return the sidecar to the ground to regain steering control which could collide you with oncoming traffic (You would have to steer toward the oncoming vehicle to lower the chair)
  • More effort to steer, I know because I steer my 650kg Rigid Hack (in comparison counter steering is effortless)
  • Turning scrubs the sidecar tire (the sidecar tire does not steer)

The Flexible Sidecar Provides Solutions


  • Effortless Counter Steering
  • Sidecar tire counter steers with the motorbike
  • No Leading Link or Steering Damper modification necessary
  • Flying the chair is not possible
  • Tow-in and Wheel Lead only needs to be setup once. Lean Out is not necessary

Share Your Ride


Do you own a Flexible Sidecar Combination or beginning a Flexible Sidecar build? Help and inspire others with their projects, as you share on Haul N Ride.

Motorcycle Leaner Flexible Parallel Sidecars – Homemade Projects

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Thank you for visiting Haul N Ride. Dave

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3 thoughts on “Flexible Sidecar Combination – Both the Bike and Sidecar Lean

  1. Looking for a Fleximum owner willing to sell their rig. Anyone out there know anyone? Thanks in advance.

  2. Nice site. Here’s the latest generation of the EQUALEAN. Best regards, G Wallick
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsJolwfhQAQ&feature=share

    1. Hi Ghraydon, thank you for visiting Haul N Ride. Wally and yourself have inspired all of us. I absolutely love the double Aqualean sidecar, however I am certain you would not be able to ride it on Australian roads. LOL Thank you for sharing the video and I welcome you to share as many photos or details as you like on Haul N Ride: https://www.haulnride.com/contact-haul-n-ride
      Is Mike Corbin still working with you to bring the Aqulean onto the market? Keep us posted with your progress. Have an awesome day. Dave

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