Vespa GT300 with Texas Sidecar install
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2012 GTS300
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:03 am quote
I just got back from Houston where Texas Sidecar Co. installed a Via sidecar on to my GT300. A good experience overall.

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GTS 300
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Location: Nebraska
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:13 am quote
Sidecar
This looks like it would be fun. Does the sidecar disconnect easily.? I currently would not have room to store when attached. Enjoy your new venture.
Molto Verboso
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:32 am quote
Cool!

What made you want to add the sidecar?
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Piaggio BV-500, Yamaha Majesty, Honda Helix Sidecar Rig
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:44 pm quote
Looks great! I love my hack.

Howard
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:54 pm quote
Hope you rode it back to Wisconsiin!
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:19 pm quote
Looks awesome! Enjoy the hack and I hope you have a pooch to ride as the monkey .
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2012 GTS300
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:09 pm quote
berto wrote:
Cool!

What made you want to add the sidecar?
Old age.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:11 pm quote
Re: Sidecar
Polcat wrote:
This looks like it would be fun. Does the sidecar disconnect easily.? I currently would not have room to store when attached. Enjoy your new venture.
It detaches but loses the alignment.
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Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:01 am quote
nice looking setup. look like it belongs
Molto Verboso
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Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:19 am quote
djginwis wrote:
berto wrote:
Cool!

What made you want to add the sidecar?
Old age.
that's a good reason, I suppose!
Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
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Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:06 pm quote
that looks so cool. I have a 2012 300 super and my wife has been asking me to consider putting on a sidecar. I did a bit of research but it seemed expensive and hard to find someone to do it. So if you don't mind about what did it cost, and can you remove it easily to ride the vespa as a scooter?

thanks for any info


larry
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Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:30 am quote
LarryMK wrote:
that looks so cool. I have a 2012 300 super and my wife has been asking me to consider putting on a sidecar. I did a bit of research but it seemed expensive and hard to find someone to do it. So if you don't mind about what did it cost, and can you remove it easily to ride the vespa as a scooter?

thanks for any info


larry
I can't respond to the cost part, but I can say, as a sidecar owner, that you're better off having a dedicated rig and getting another bike to ride that doesn't have the car on it. Once the rig is aligned correctly, you don't want to mess with it. Poorly aligned sidecars are a nightmare to ride.

So, they are technically "detachable" (mine requires removing 8 bolts and disconnecting the wiring plug) but you probably shouldn't do it unless you live next door to they guy who mounted it.

My $.02

Howard
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Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:15 am quote
djginwis wrote:
I just got back from Houston where Texas Sidecar Co. installed a Via sidecar on to my GT300. A good experience overall.
The rig looks great. Are you pleased with the handling? Does Texas Sidecar now include a steering damper as part of the installation?
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Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:38 pm quote
Sidecar
We have built 3 and would NOT ride without a steering damper.
I strongly recommend installing!

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Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:34 am quote
Question ... Why put the sidecar on a Vespa or other scooter?
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:50 am quote
Probably cost prohibitive for most people, but I like it. Reminds me of my youth when motorcycle and sidecar rigs were a common sight. Generally the wife or girlfriend sat in the sidecar clutching onto the holiday suitcase with the husband or boyfriend astride the machine replete with goggles and gauntlets.
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:40 am quote
Re: Vespa GT300 with Texas Sidecar install
djginwis wrote:
I just got back from Houston where Texas Sidecar Co. installed a Via sidecar on to my GT300. A good experience overall.

Pics.
Gorgeous mod. Goes together like two peas in a pod.
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:41 am quote
Re: Vespa GT300 with Texas Sidecar install
djginwis wrote:
I just got back from Houston where Texas Sidecar Co. installed a Via sidecar on to my GT300. A good experience overall.

Pics.
Gorgeous mod. Goes together like two peas in a pod.

You'll be the talk of the town
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GTS 300
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:20 am quote
When you turn right does it lift off the ground? Trying to figure out the physics of that thing in my head.
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:59 am quote
joe register wrote:
When you turn right does it lift off the ground? Trying to figure out the physics of that thing in my head.
Yes, part of learning to pilot a sidecar rig is to learn to "fly" the sidecar. Mostly, you use your body and cornering technique to keep the car on the ground in those right handers.

Left hand corners are a blast!

Howard
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Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:40 pm quote
Won't lie: When I read the words "Texas Sidecar", I had no idea what to expect. This thing looks drop-dead gorgeous. Hope you enjoy it "lots!"
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Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:32 pm quote
Did they adjust the steering geometry to make it handle easier? Without reduced trail, a hack can be a tiring beast to ride any distance. I had a Motervation on an older Bare Wing Honda and 150 miles was a loooooong ride. The old Earles fork Beemers had adjustable trail built into the forks by moving the front swing arm to a different hole to secure it. Harley did it with an eccentric steering head.
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2012 GTS300
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Location: Wisconsin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:04 pm quote
LarryMK wrote:
that looks so cool. I have a 2012 300 super and my wife has been asking me to consider putting on a sidecar. I did a bit of research but it seemed expensive and hard to find someone to do it. So if you don't mind about what did it cost, and can you remove it easily to ride the vespa as a scooter?

thanks for any info


larry
Used 2012 Vespa GTS300ie, $4000.00

Texas Sidecar Co. Via sidecar complete paint and install, $6000.00

It is removeable.
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2012 GTS300
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Location: Wisconsin
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:05 pm quote
Attila wrote:
Question ... Why put the sidecar on a Vespa or other scooter?
If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand. (with apologies to HD owners).
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2012 GTS300
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Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:33 pm quote
Re: Sidecar
ApsevTorontoWest wrote:
We have built 3 and would NOT ride without a steering damper.
I strongly recommend installing!
I sent you a PM, at least I think I did.
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Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:01 am quote
Attila wrote:
Question ... Why put the sidecar on a Vespa or other scooter?
Take your dog with you!
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Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:28 am quote
David Ordaz wrote:
Attila wrote:
Question ... Why put the sidecar on a Vespa or other scooter?
Take your dog with you!
Like I do mine, or rather the neighbours dog and the grandchildren

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