The first were little more than wicker chairs mounted to a chassis – sometimes by lone mechanics in their garages – but at the height of their popularity, sidecars were turned out by small, independent manufacturers up and down the country. Even today, federations of enthusiasts survive.
Their decline was precipitated by the closure of a loophole in the law which until the 1960s allowed a bike with any size of engine to be ridden on a provisional license, so long as it had a sidecar attached. Nevertheless, custom models are still available.
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