The Sidecar is not directly aligned with the rear motorcycle wheel and is usually powered by the rear wheel only. This is different from the motortricycle whereas both rear wheels are powered and share one axle. These were a great success as early as in the 1930's.
The Russian manufacturer "Ural" currently produces several models with two-wheel drive. These can be engaged as desired. The Sidecar is typically mounted on the right side of the car and provides for one passenger.
A new Sidecar which was not rigidly fixed to the motorcycle was designed by Hugo Young, an American Inventor of Loudonville, Ohio in 1913. This was a much safer, flexible design which allowed the Sidecar to turn, raise and lower without affecting the balance of the motorcycle. Young opened up the "Flxible Sidecar Company" which became the largest Sidecar manufacturer in the world. Notice the first "e" was dropped in Flexible to allow trademarking the name. One of Britain's oldest Sidecar manufacturers, Watsonian was founded in 1912 and is still trading as Watsonian Squire.
In the 1920's, the motorcycle craze began to fade because of the availability of more affordable cars being marketed. Plus, the United States banished Sidecar racing. In its stead, the Flxible Sidecar Company began producing transit buses, ambulances and hearses. It was discovered that if the Sidecar and bike geometry is not coordinated the combination will be unstable, and will shimmy upon acceleration and deceleration.
Many BMW and Zundapp Sidecar motorcycles were used during WWII by German troops. The Sidecar was sometimes also driven using a differential gear to improve the vehicle's all-terrain ability by the German, French, Belgian and British military.
Sidecars raced in the World Championship known as Superside are all hub center long monocoque framed machines most being LCR, ART or Windle with 1000 cc four cylinder, four-stroke engines. The most popular is the Suzuki GSX-R1000. Since 1990 at the Isle Of Man TT, the Sidecar TT was solely contested by Formula Two Sidecars as Formula Ones were too fast, then lapping at 108 mph. By 2006 the F2's were faster lapping at 116 mph, the engines being 350 cc two-stroke or 600 cc four-stroke.
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