BMW R75 Sidecar Racer at Mid-Ohio race course - CRAZY and FUN racing with guys hanging off at all angles 3 inches from the ground! (3:57)
The first time you see motorcycle sidecar racing you simply won't believe what these men and machines do on the track! Motorcycles with sidecars came into widespread use in World War I as reconnaissance and communication
vehicles to move around quickly on the battlefield. Indian and Harley-Davidson bikes were equipped with a single passenger buggy with a third wheel to carry a messenger, packages, ammunition, etc. and the passenger often
had a machine gun mount to defend himselfand the rider as they sped around. Today's sidecar racing occurs around the world by a die hard group of racing enthusiasts on asphalt, TT and dirt tracks. Their machines are
custom-built for the purpose to maximize speed around the track, and usually look nothing like their street touring counterparts. The most famous sidecar racing occurs at the Isle of Man TT through the dangerous rolling lanes
of the Atlantic island. Most sidecars use large-displacement motorcycle engines with high torque to move the additional weight of the sidecar and two riders. Street racing sidecars are low-slung and run on auto racing slicks
rather than motorcycle tires, which gives them massive straight line speed and cornering power. Off-road sidecars have long suspension travel and use motocross knobby dirt tires for maximum jumping and traction capability.
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