After wrecking the first rig I was all set to be without another sidecar. We lost over $9,000 and at least that much worth of self-confidence, self-pride, etc. Then Mary piped up saying that she missed riding in the sidecar. Another search was started, this time for a turn-key rig, preferably a BMW/Hannigan combo.
Soon I located a K75 with a Hannigan Sport sidecar in the Tallahassee, Florida area. A deal was struck and off we went in the dark-blue Audi A6 to fetch it. When I saw it, I was really disappointed. It was dirty, it had many knicks the pictures didn't show. The light-colored seat of the bike looked good from a distance but close-up showed the Florida mold all over it. When I took it for another ride I pulled over after a few hundred feet: It handled no better than our first rig. The old scary feelings of running off into the ditch or running into someone head-on returned and I told the owner I didn't want it and was ready to drive back. He kept trying to talk me into it and finally lowered the price enough that I got back on and kept driving until I was comfortable again.
After the transaction was over we headed back home. We ran into such a nasty downpour that I could barely see enough to navigate. At one red light we waited for the green in the right lane with a car next to me, Mary behind. The light changed and we all accelerated to the bottom of a little gully which looked like a puddle to me, so I thought nothing of it. We were all powering through it when we reached the bottom, which was about a foot of running water. The rig felt like it hit a wall. I lost sight of the car next me, my left boot immediately filled up with water and thoughts of the engine stalling and Mary running into me from behind entered my brain. Luckily it didn't happen but I still think the sidecar actually floated for a little bit.
Within the next half hour we were treated to a wonderful lightning and thunder show, which I would've enjoyed more, had it not been so close.
By the time we got home I felt totally comfortable with the rig but I wished I had that extra cylinder the first rig had.
We enjoyed that rig for many years and didn't experience many problems at all. The in June of 2007 Mary and I attended the Americade rally in Lake George. We were heading for Dave Hannigan's area when I saw a rig which grabbed me immediately. It was Hannigan's latest offering, something they called a High-Performance Sidecar (HPS). It was a Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 attached to a sidecar that stood a couple of feet shorter than the windshield of the bike. It had huge car-type tires at all three ends and it looked like it was moving at a hundred miles an hour.
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