Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycles
Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycles is a catch–all category that, according to guides, includes machines that have styling, controls and seating positions like those found on motorcycles, but are different in important ways. Reviews of the Sidecars category include motorcycles with an affixed sidecar rig, also known as a “sidehack,” that adds a third wheel and a car that can be used to carry a passenger or cargo. Scooters have a step–through design that offers a chair–like seating position with the rider’s knees close together, as well as a twist–and–go transmission (usually a CVT) that doesn’t require a rider to change gears manually. Trikes are typically conversions–motorcycles with the rear wheel replaced by an axle and two car–like wheels/tires.
October 24, 2007
[This 2007 Kymco Xciting 500 Road Test was originally published in the May 2006 issue of Rider magazine] The Kymco Xciting 500 weighs 529 pounds fully fueled and carries its weight low. Scooters were big back in the 1960s when I was in high school, and began making a comeback in the ’90s. Today,... Read more »
May 1, 2004
Even Huell Howser, the host of PBS-affiliate KCET TV’s popular “California Gold,” showed up for the weekend event that brought sidecar rigs trundling into L.A.’s Griffith Park from all points of the compass. After all, this is the mother lode for rare, unusual and very high-tech sidehacks and... Read more »