The Classic Side Kick: our most popular side by side bike.
It is made from 1 1/4″ PVC and is capable of holding up to 400lbs. You can also mount an electric drive or even gas motor on this model.
The classic Side Kick is a two passenger four wheel bike with six speeds, that can support the addition of an electric or gas engine. The frame is built from 1-1/4″ PVC tubing reinforced with a steel tube or wood dowel in the lower rails, in comparison, the Baja and Sun Coasters use 1″ tubing. No welding is required to build any of our models.
The classic Side Kick uses individual bucket style seats, this feature allows the seats to be mounted at different distances from the pedals. Yes there are pedals for the passenger also. These seats are available at discount or marine stores or even Walmart . They can be found in various colors and are very light weight. Last but not least you don’t have to build them. I paid $60 for the pair.
A bench seat could also be used (in addition to a fishing tackle box or tool box that serves as a glove compartment — as seen pictured here).
Unlike the smaller bikes we offer that use 16″ front wheels, the SK uses twenty inch diameter front and rear wheels. Affording a more stable ride than a three wheeler. I have also moved the seats back 2″ and increased leg clearance by the clever use of a handle bar steering system.
The gear shift lever to control the 6-speed derailleur is mounted on the steering column. The hand brake levers are connected to inline brakes on both the rear wheels.
The driver sets inside the frame and the “Side Kick” straddles the right side rail. The reason is to keep the vehicle as narrow as possible for use on bike lanes and so it will fit inside van or truck bed. The carrier on this model is made from 1″X 2″ hard wood strips.
Side Kick or Sun Coaster?
The bottom line the Sun Coaster, is a single rider cycles and is lighter in weight, which is a good thing in the cycling world. But I would say if you are 6′ or taller or want to carry 400 lbs. the Side-kick classic ot Side Kick II is the right choice. The Side kick can also be built as a single passenger bike. By centering the handle bars and seat and changing the crank. Call me if you are interested.
Why You and not them?
Good Question, I think ours is better. It is lighter than many of our competitors and the top is easily removed, making it easier to pedal and transport. 42″ width, easy fit for pickup or van. Our ergonomic design places pedals in front of you, some are below your knees,( very poor design). Ours 6-speeds for a great workout, want to burn more calories let the air out of the tires. Our frame is PVC very easy to paint in the awesome color of your choice. PVC is not known to rust neither will the aluminum wheels or speciality parts in the kit . Build quality is up to you, so it would be perfect. Easily modify for passenger or family dog. Add a carrier for groceries or rear facing seat for young-ins. Construction takes about 20 hours, great family project. Cost is far below many other quads or exercise equipment and ours comes with the great outdoor’s., around 1,000 bucks should do it. So I really don’t know what you are waiting For?
Can this model use either electric or gas motors?
Both ideas have been explored in the past. We have built bikes with 48 volt electric wheel added., as well as 2 and 4 cycle small gas motors.
Our unique drive system is set up so both riders pedal and power is thru a 6-speed derailleur to the left rear wheel. This leaves the right wheel free to be powered by gas or electric motors with out effecting the pedal drive system. Some electric wheels can now be used on the right rear. Range for a 48 volt electric with 14 AH batteries will be about 17 miles on level ground.
For more information see the new Side Kick II page.
Here are some videos of this model run with electric power:
The cost to build a Side Kick with all new materials is about $1,000.00, costing less if using used bike parts and constructing the hardware.