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AlL
Posted 12/20/2012 5:20 PM (#68760)
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Hi - anyone have an idea what make this sidecar is? Thanks, Al



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draperg1
Posted 12/20/2012 5:58 PM (#68761 - in reply to #68760)
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Looks like my old American Easy Rider also sold under name of Spirit Eagle and several other names as company sold several times before going out of business.
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Hack'n
Posted 12/21/2012 1:42 PM (#68773 - in reply to #68760)
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Pre-1989 California sidecar "Companion" model.
The wheel and suspension identify it.

Lonnie
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jaydmc
Posted 12/26/2012 11:21 AM (#68801 - in reply to #68760)
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Yes it is a companion. My wife ran one for years on a Moto Guzzi Eldorado. This sidecar has a few issues to be aware of. The wheel on the sidecar is known to fail at both ends of the spoke base. It will have a torrsion bar suspension that pivots on a bronze bushing that should be replaced about every 10,000 miles other wise the sidecar will not hold an aligment and tends to cause a front end shake. The 5 flat bar springs tend to break and should be instpected. This sidecar would have come with the California ball tuplip type lower mounts which are known to fail and should be up graded. If you have any of the original frame clamps for the bike these also are known to fail as they are not cross bolted and as such come apart. The windshield on this sidecar is not origianal as the origanal would have also mouted to the un-used holes in the body. A new windsheild can be purchased from www.bikescreen.com
It is a very light sidecar but on a strong frame. On my wifes bike we mounted 140lbs of ballist under the frame of the sidecar.
We can help with mounting hardware as well as the bushing for the suspension. There is also a tread going on where to get parts for California sidecars.
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AlL
Posted 12/29/2012 12:15 PM (#68836 - in reply to #68760)
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Thanks for the info and advice guys. Looks like it needs more work than i thought, but a worthwhile project. Hopefully the old adage "sometimes free isn't cheap enough" doesn't apply to this project! Al
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denim
Posted 1/13/2013 4:43 PM (#69026 - in reply to #68760)
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i've put quite a few miles on mine, the weakest link is the fender; attached to the fiberglass body, it won't support any weight, so it is not "easy access." my partner weighs about 225 lb. so i had to adjust the suspension a little. i haven't had serious issues with the lower mounts, but i would consider talking to Jay about what he has in mounting hardware, it would probably be safer. also "Florida Sidecar Products" has some parts for these sidecars.
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AlL
Posted 1/21/2013 2:47 PM (#69140 - in reply to #69026)
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Hi Denim - thanks for the reply to my sidecar ID post on sidecar.com. Wonder if you could send me a photo of your rig - the one on the thread is small and i can't see details as i restore this one. Also, would appreciate knowing what is the width and height of your windscreen? I want to get more of a stock windscreen. They come in 13" for Califronia Sidecar and 21" width for the California Companion Sprint, which i think is wider than the older companions. Thanks, Al
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denim
Posted 1/22/2013 8:06 AM (#69148 - in reply to #68760)
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okay Al, i'll try to get some pictures today
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superfragl
Posted 1/22/2013 9:44 AM (#69149 - in reply to #68801)
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jaydmc - 12/26/2012 11:21 AM

On my wifes bike we mounted 140lbs of ballist under the frame of the sidecar.

I was wondering why?
I have a light Johnny Sweet sidecar and the rig handles fine...
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wvsporty
Posted 1/22/2013 4:58 PM (#69154 - in reply to #68760)
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I have 50#s of ballast in my velorex which weighs in about 170#s and I only have a 30# passenger
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Hack'n
Posted 1/23/2013 1:30 PM (#69177 - in reply to #68760)
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If it is an OEM 562E your sidecar weighs in at 154# and only 1/2 of that weight is on the sidecar wheel. Jawa/Velorex recommended up to 100# ballast for this model. Ballast placement is important though. Less weight placed outboard (low and to the rear) will give better performance than than weight placed on the floor or seat by offering more resistance against whel lift.

Lonnie
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wvsporty
Posted 1/25/2013 8:20 AM (#69232 - in reply to #68760)
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You guys told me it was a late 70 early80 Velorex I have 50 #s behind the seat (including my tool box) and 25 #s against the front of the seat that Aiden uses like the floor of the sidecar since he is in a carseat. so actually I have 75 #s of ballast but I do have another 25#s I will put in then since you say that


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AlL
Posted 4/6/2013 2:35 PM (#70865 - in reply to #68760)
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Back in December i started this post looking for the ID of this sidecar. Thanks for all the responses and help. Here's a photo of the renovated pre-1989 California Companion. Took everyone's advice and replaced torsion arm bushing and torsion bars, checked the spokes for cracks and gave 'er a paint job. Thanks to Florida Sidecar Products and DMC Sidecars for parts and information, and Randy at Western Workboats LLC for sidecar mount adaptations. The Royal Enfield likes it better than the heavier one i'd been using. Al ;-)



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Reardan Tom
Posted 4/6/2013 8:32 PM (#70867 - in reply to #68760)
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Looks great Al. Enjoy!!
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XLerate
Posted 4/7/2013 11:37 AM (#70878 - in reply to #68760)
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Yes, looks fine. Just ask any 'vintage' lady what a huge difference a little makeup and a new bright red dress can make.
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Rustle
Posted 4/7/2013 3:16 PM (#70883 - in reply to #70878)
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A world of difference! She looks great, Al!
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newenglandjim
Posted 4/7/2013 8:21 PM (#70886 - in reply to #68760)
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Looks good Al.
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draperg1
Posted 4/7/2013 8:53 PM (#70889 - in reply to #68760)
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Looks like all it needs is riding. Well done! Enjoy.
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egarrett
Posted 4/9/2013 4:30 PM (#70926 - in reply to #68760)
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Good job Al, be seeing ya on the road....
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