It may look like the evolution of the Golf Coaster, but I assure you it is not a product of random processes. I had to revert to intelligence, take out the old design board and come up with a heavy duty model that would meet the needs of my e-mail inquires.
Now to the subject at hand !
Thousands of you, (well maybe not quite that many) have expressed a desire for a bike that will carry more weight than the Golf Coaster. The Side-kick is the answer.
The 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 Golf coaster and Sun Coasters use 1″ tubing.
To the casual observer the most obvious change is the use of the manufactured bucket style seats. this feature allows the seats to be mounted at different distances from the pedals. 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.
Some of the more astute observers may have picked up the fact that the front and rear wheels are both twenty inch diameter, this is possible because the side-kick has a wider stance than it’s predecessors. I have also moved the seats back 2″ and increased leg clearance by the clever use of a handle bar steering system.
Yes, that is a fishing tackle box that serves as a glove compartment or tool box.
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.
Like the Golf Coaster the driver sets in side 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. The carrier on this model is made from 1″X 2″ hard wood strips.
A 48 or 36 volt electric wheel can be added. I have also been experimenting with a small gas motor. (More on that later.)
The bottom line the Sun Coaster and the Golf Coaster are both fine units. They are just lighter weight, which is good in the cycling world. I would say if you are 6′ or taller or want to carry 350lbs or more the side-kick is the right choice. The Side kick can also be built as a single passenger bike basically a heavy duty Sun Coaster. Of course all the American Speedster vehicles are environmentally friendly .
Our unique drive system is set up so both riders pedal and power is thru a 6-speed derailleur to the left rear wheel.
Electric wheel videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyUMzR3eiCY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1fd0C2eLEc
This leaves the right wheel free to be powered by gas or electric motors with out effecting the pedal drive system.
The cost to build a Side Kick with all new materials is about $800.00 , less if using used bike parts and constructing the hardware.