Motorcycles have been increasing in popularity for quite some time now. Many people are starting to adopt vehicles as their daily means of transportation. This is good from an environmental standpoint since motorcycles are much more fuel efficient than cars. While bikes today are safer, faster and more reliable than motorcycles of the past, in gaining so many things, they lost some things too. Bikes no longer come with the iconic sidecars that they once used to. In fact, sidecars aren’t even available as an option for most bikes anymore. This is a real shame since sidecars used to be very useful. They could be used to seat an additional person and allow them to travel along with the individual who was riding the motorcycle. In the first Batman and Robin series, Batman used to ride the bike while Robin was seated in the sidecar. The only way to experience the joy of riding in a sidecar now is either by buying an old bike or making a DIY sidecar for your motorcycle.
The latter is a better option since you don’t have to make the compromise of having to use an old, unreliable bike. Plus, making your sidecar is a very satisfying experience. The satisfaction comes from overcoming the challenge of making something on your own. Manufacturing a sidecar will test your skill as a craftsman.
The main exterior shell of the sidecar needs to be made from metal. While it’s entirely possible to shape the metal yourself from sheet metal, finding an old sidecar from a scrapyard to use as a starting point will make your job a lot easier. Once you procure the wheel as well, all that’s left for you is to make the internal cabin of the sidecar. The best material to make the interior fittings out of is wood. Wood is easy to shape and cut, yet strong and durable. Working with wood will require some carpentry skills and some reliable tools. You’ll need wood lathes for carpentry to manufacture some of the pieces. You’ll also need table saws and circular saws for cutting the wood. It’s better if you use the benchtop versions of these tools since those are easier to work with.
Once you’ve procured a metal shell, a wheel, the machines required to work with wood and have learned how to operate them, you’re ready to start working on your sidecar. Before starting, you’ll want to have a clear idea of what you want the sidecar to look like and chart out the steps you’ll need to carry out to achieve it. If you have sufficient experience of working with cars and shaping wood with power tools, then you can try and plan out what do yourself. The vast majority of us, however, aren’t very skilled in these regards. For people with limited technical experience, following someone else’s schematics and instructions would prove more fruitful. There are many well-published guides online that take you through the process step by step. They explain which tools you’ll need to use and how to use them. They always feature pictures along every step to help you see how it’s done. If you want a more visual guide, you can search for tutorial videos which show you the entire process on YouTube.