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June 26, 2009

It’s Friday: Oddball sidecar outfits redefine the word ‘hybrid’

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Vespa-based sidecar – Click above for high-res image gallery

There’s more than one way to attach a sidecar to a motorcycle. Proving that point are the three oddball machines you see here. We’re a bit partial to the Vespa you see above for the absolute potential of zero-emissions motoring provided by the pedal-powered two-wheeled sidecar, though there are other way to attack the problem of compromised passenger-carrying capabilities on a motorcycle.

François Knorreck of Italy spent some 10,000 hours of work over a ten-year period and 15,000 euros into a unique sidecar motorcycle called the Snaefell – likely named after the tallest peak on the famed Isle of Man (above left). Half the machine is based on the guts of a Laverda motorcycle, while the other half uses bits from a Volkswagen GTI, Audi 80 and a Citroen Xantia.

Equally as interesting is the sidecar outfit seen above right, which combines what appears to be an older British motorcycle with a cut-down Citroen 2CV sidecar. It seems both machines are in fully working order with the older 2CV still sporting what we assume is an inoperative a steering wheel. Check out all three machines in the gallery below.

Gallery: Oddball sidecar outfits

[Source: Bikes in the Fast Lane, The New Cafe Racer Society]

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