Saturday, 9 March 2019

Bike Show Bites - The Sidewinder

Today I went to the Scottish Bike Show at Ingliston (near Edinburgh) Thanks to Ron for giving me a lift in his car. It was variously wet, cold and very windy so biking there would have been no fun.

There were some interesting, rare and quirky bikes on show. I'll present them in a series of short posts.   

Firstly a Suzuki X7 250cc two stroke twin with something odd attached to it.  

In 1983 the law in the UK changed to reduce the size of motorcycle a learner could ride from 250cc to 125cc (a learner being someone who had not passed their motorcycle test) If the bike had a sidecar attached no capacity limit existed. This led to the Sidewinder that exploited this loophole.

The Sidewinder was a minimal sidecar - just a small platform with a wheel attached that banked with the bike. It was marketed for learners with 250cc bike that they could not ride after the law changed. A learner could also ride a bike of any capacity with the Sidewinder fitted.
 





4 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of the Sidewinder. Great way to get around the restriction. I bet it was cool to see in person.

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    1. I can't remember every seeing one back in the day. The motorcycle test was fairly simple and inexpensive so most people would just do that.

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  2. Only saw a couple of them - one was fitted to a Suzuki RG500! And yes, it had L plates! (Rider hadn't passed test).

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    1. It would seem a lot easier & cheaper just to pass the test.

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