Sidecar racing, known as Sidecarcross has
been around since the 1950’s but has declined in popularity recently. This variant is common in Europe, with a
few followers in USA, New Zealand and Australia.
Motocross sidecars are purpose built frames that resemble an ordinary
motocross-cycle with a flat platform to stand on attached to either side and a handlebar at waist height to hold on
to. The side of the "chair" (slang for the platform) usually follows the side of the road the nation in question
drives upon, but not always. The passenger balances the bike by being a counterweight, especially in corners and on
jumps. It’s driven on ordinary crosstracks.
It is very physically demanding, especially for the passenger. This is reflected
in most in the Swedish term for passenger - "burkslav", roughly translated as trunk/body/barrel-slave. This name
comes from the early sidecars where the platform looked like a real road-sidecar and not today's
The major frame builders today are VMC, BSU, AYR, EML and Woodenleg. Ordinary
engines can be used, but size matters and two engines purpose built for sidecars exist, Zabel (Germany) and MTH
(Austria) are most common. Fourstrokes are getting more common, usually KTM(Austria).see also trunk
Often they have 3 wheels.
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