Trike & Sidecar

December 7, 2013

The Harley Cycle Tow – Precursor to the Servi-Car

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.


Harley-Davidson had been very successful in the commercial market with it’s Package Truck, but there was a need for a “towable” motorcycle that had not yet been filled.  An enterprising Californian company took it upon themselves to fill that gap with what they called the Cycle Tow.


First available in 1930, the Cycle Tow system could be added to a standard Harley-Davidson VL or DL motorcycle.  The two additional rear wheels were deployed when the motorcycle needed to be towed and then folded up and forward when the motorcycle needed to be ridden solo.  The system worked well for towing, but the motorcycle was awkward and unstable when ridden solo.  Although not a success financially, the Cycle Tow inspired Harley-Davidson to design the Servi-Car.  In 1932, the first Servi-Car went into production and they were continuously produced until 1973.

Filed under Classic Harley History, History, Panhead Jim's Blog, Trike & Sidecar by PanheadJim

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August 25, 2013

Griffith Park Motorcycle Sidecar Rally

Side Strider and the Sidecar Industry Council present the 42nd Anniversary Griffith Park Side Car Rally on September 15, 2013.  9 am to 3 pm at Parking Lot 2, Merry-Go-Round.

Learn all about sidecars and see some of the best and most unusual sidecars in the world.

The event is free to spectators and only $10 per sidecar. Meet AMA Hall of Famer and father of American Sidecars Doug Bingham, owner of Side Strider.

For more info call 818.780.5542 and ask for Doug Bingham or go to

Filed under Events, Trike & Sidecar by Staff Report

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June 29, 2012

Motorcycle Sidecar Serves As A Boat in 1934


Side Car Serves as Boat
A MOTORCYCLE side car which doubles as a canoe on trips to the beach or river bank has recently made its appearance in Germany. The car is fitted with small metal pontoons which keep it upright in the water. Future models will be fitted with rudders, completing the transformation from side car to a navigable boat.

Filed under Random Ideas, Trike & Sidecar by Staff Report

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