Whoa, hang on a minute, Gonzo, are you telling us that you travelled in a sidecar…
… Yep, that’s exactly what I’m telling you. First time ever. And it was, well, do you know what, I’m not going to tell you everything about it at this time, because I have yet to transcribe all my notes, upload my images and videos, to give you the full picture. But what I do want to do is give you a heads-up of the forthcoming feature.
I took a trip down to the beautiful Cotswolds to visit Watsonian Squire Ltd., where a team of craftsmen and engineers manufacture an exquisite range of sidecars built the traditional way. In fact, the fascinating company history dates back well over a hundred years, and today Watsonian supply to customers around the world.
After lunch enjoyed in a double decker school bus rather quaintly converted into an on-site café, Managing Director and ‘Chief Test Pilot’ Ben Matthews offered to take me out for a spin. Having never slid my legs into the cockpit (not sure if that’s what you call it… I’ll find out!) of a Watsonian GP Manx sidecar attached to a Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom, we trundled from the industrial estate and out into the lovely countryside. Three wheels on terra firma… oh hang on, I’m at a weird angle and there are only two now… down again and we are back to three. Bloody hell, this is extraordinarily thrilling, and heart-pounding, but somehow fun at the same time. I glance up at Ben and he is grinning back at me. Yep, very funny!
Watsonian make a wide range of sidecars, both classic and modern, suitable for tourers, cruisers, classic bikes or scooters. High-quality fibreglass (GRP) is used in the construction process, available in a wide range of gel-coat colours. Alternatively you can arrange for the sidecar to be painted to match your machine.
(Lots) more later…
- Images | courtesy Dan Sager
Watsonian Squire Ltd
72 Northwick Business Centre, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. GL56 9RF