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Riders will also need to be aware of
the additional width of a three-wheeled
motorcycle. Allow for the additional width
when passing parked vehicles and turning.
   Note: When taking a road test using a
three-wheeled motorcycle, your Class 6
licence will be restricted to only being able
to operate three-wheeled motorcycles.

Riding with a sidecar

If you plan to operate a motorcycle with an
attached sidecar, you are encouraged to
research and learn how to do this before
actually driving on the road.

When driving a motorcycle with a sidecar
is new to you, begin cautiously. With a
sidecar attached, the motorcycle becomes
a three-wheeled vehicle. Practice is needed
to gain the skill and techniques to operate it
safely. Practice in a parking lot, and be sure
you have enough skill to drive the unit safely
before riding in more challenging conditions.
Steering a motorcycle with a sidecar is
somewhat similar to steering a car.

The following information is not meant to
provide instructions on driving with a sidecar.
The intent of it is to give you some idea of
how driving with a sidecar is different from
riding a motorcycle, and give you some
starting pointers that you can use when you
take lessons on driving with a sidecar.

General driving

• As a new driver of a motorcycle with a
   sidecar, you must overcome the urge
   to lean the motorcycle and push steer
   (counter-steer) that you learned for
   riding without a sidecar.
• A sidecar motorcycle unit must be
   steered. This is unlike a motorcycle 

   alone, which leans. The steering is
   direct steering, meaning you turn the
   handle bars to point the wheel in the
   direction you want to go.
• A motorcycle and sidecar unit should
   be centred in the lane like you would for 
   driving a car, to avoid striking objects on
   the right with the sidecar.
• When you must avoid a road hazard,
   such as a pothole, the motorcycle
   and sidecar will be more difficult to
   manoeuvre than a motorcycle alone.
   The movement will be similar to driving
   a vehicle. Remember the wheel of the
   sidecar as well as the motorcycle wheels
   when avoiding a hazard or pothole.

Increasing and
decreasing speed

• A motorcycle and sidecar unit may pull
   to the right during acceleration. Slowing
   may cause the unit to pull to the left.
   When increasing or decreasing speed,
   it is necessary to hold the hand grips
   firmly to keep the unit straight.


• Braking forces can cause the
   motorcycle and sidecar to pull to
   the side. Depending on your type of
   brakes, you may have to use more
   effort on the hand grips to keep the
   unit pointed in the direction you want to
   go. It is important to practice stopping
   to become familiar with how your
   motorcycle and sidecar respond.
• A brake on the sidecar wheel provides
   some extra braking force, and will
   help make a quicker, straighter stop,
   especially when the sidecar is carrying a

CHAPTER EIGHT                                                                  CARRYING A PASSENGER OR CARGO  55

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