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.
• 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.
• 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