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What is a sidecar?

It is a motorcycle fitted with a third wheel and a basket chair to take a third passenger along with the driver and the pillion behind the driver.

 

Are they safe?

Our sidecars are perfectly safe and stable for adults and children alike. They are all the latest models built to international safety standards. They have disc brakes on all three wheels that stop the bike very quickly. All of our riders have done many hours training specifically on sidecars and they hold a special licence for carrying public passengers.

 

Must I wear a helmet?

Yes, helmets are compulsory in Australia. We supply all our passengers with very comfortable helmets in various sizes. All our helmets are cleaned and sterilised every day and we can provide an under-helmet cap if desired. You have a choice of either attaching a clear flip-up visor so you can wear your own sunglasses during the ride, or you can go for the more authentic look and wear our googles.

 

How many people can ride on each bike?

Our Sidecars can comfortably carry three people including the rider. One person in the sidecar chair, one person on the pillion seat behind the rider and the rider. 

 

Is there enough room in the sidecar for a big person?

Our sidecars are bigger than you expect. We have had people as tall as 7’1” (2.2m) in our sidecars. However, by law, we are not permitted to carry people who weigh more than 280 lbs (127 kgs). Please note that your rider reserves the right to seat passengers in either pillion or sidecar to more evenly distribute weight.

 

Can animals travel in the sidecar?

Yes, we can take small animals in the sidecar. However they need to be securely attached to the sidecar in such a way that they are unable to jump out. All animals must be accompanied by their owner or carer.

 

Do you take group bookings?

Yes, if you have three or more wanting to take a tour together, you can book several bikes and travel together as a group. Filming your friends or family during group tours is a lot of fun.

 

Are there age restrictions for a sidecar tour?

The minimum legal age in Australia for the pillion passenger (behind the rider) is 8 years old and this person must be able to reach the foot pegs. This person must be able to understand and follow directions from the rider. There is no legal minimum age to travel in the sidecar. However, we don't allow children under the age of 5 to travel in the sidecar. We must have a parent or guardian’s consent for all passengers who are 15 years or younger.

 

What about insurance? Am I covered?

All our passengers are covered by our personal liability insurance. However, we are unable to insure against any personal items stolen during one of our tours. However, we assure you that our riders are all highly experienced and the bikes are fully maintained to our rigorous standards.

 

Can I drive the sidecar?

No, all our sidecar riders have many years experience riding motorcycles and have been specially trained to ride sidecars. Although they make it look easy, it’s actually quite challenging and very different from riding a two wheel motorcycle. We prefer you sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

 

Is there a commentary during the tour?

Yes, all our riders have a unique style. Some of them like to entertain their passengers with stories along the way as they share some of the more unusual facts about Sydney and the suburbs. 

 

Will we have time to stop and take photos?

Yes, you will have plenty of time to stop and take photos along the way. Our set tours have been planned to allow considerable time off the sidecar so our passengers can choose to sit in a cafe or restaurant, take photos of the scenery or just relax at one of the many beautiful vistas along the way.

 

What language do your riders speak?

Most of our tours are spoken in English, however some of our riders are multi-lingual and if you are not comfortable listening to our commentary in English, please let us know what language you prefer and we will do our best to accomodate you.

 

Are the set tours also flexible?

All our tours are flexible to an extent. However we have spent many hours carefully putting together a range of tours that highlight the things we love about Sydney and combining them into a variety of experiences to suit a wide range of customers. Please note that our rider must be able to drop you back to your drop-off destination by the agreed time.

 

What type of clothing should I wear?

We prefer not to advise people on fashion. However please consider that you are on a motorcycle so it’s advisable to wear long pants and shoes with closed toes. It’s a good idea to bring a jacket in case the weather changes. Sydney can often a cool change in the afternoon and temperatures can drop suddenly. 

 

Can I book a group tour?

Yes, we are very happy to take larger groups and it’s always fun for the passengers and our riders. It’s advisable to book well in advance for group bookings to ensure availability. 

 

Will my tour be cancelled if there is constant rain?

The weather in Sydney is beautiful for most of year, and rain is usually just a light drizzle. This type of rain will not impede your tour because all our sidecars are fully equipped for any unexpected wet weather including a windscreen, gloves, rain jackets, helmets, goggles, visors and blankets. For further details please see our cancellation policy.

 

What if it rains during the tour?

In the event of unexpected heavy rain, our riders will find shelter until it passes. If the heavy rain persists and the rider feels it is unsafe to proceed we will arrange a vehicle to pick you up and take you to your drop-off point. For further details please see our cancellation policy.

 

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