Talk:Sidecar World Championship

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Added the list of World Champions Alcatrazhack 12:15, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Added the rules change history between 1979 to 1981. I consider this is important because the period 1977-1981 was the time when the racing sidecar changed from a road-going based outfit to the modern monocoque worm.

Also added a notes section. Alcatrazhack 21:04, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

The only part of the original article that still remains here is in part of the "today" section. Alcatrazhack 21:46, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Article name[edit]

If this racing series is called "Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship", why is the article called "Superside"? Is it the same as Superbike, which are used in many events, or is it a trademark name like IndyCar? --NaBUru38 (talk) 20:03, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Superside is still used as a promotion term by the FIM.Alcatrazhack (talk) 19:33, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Unsourced tag and disputed section[edit]

I have added 'Unsourced' general tag and 'disputed section'. The whole article needs reliable sources. I am surprised that it's not already been tagged by those regular editors who act as moderators. The 'transition section' is misleading, starting as "Prior to 1977, the racing sidecars were similar to road going sidecars."

This section is inaccurate, simplistic and confusing - it should read "Prior to 1960s", as it pays no attention to the transition from 1950s solo motorcycle with sidecars attached outfits, through the semi-kneeler, the lowered frames and shortened forks, to the full kneelers and semi-sitters with leading-link forks of the early 1960s onwards.

There were many deveplopments concerning chassis design and variation, front and rear suspension, engine types and placement, but were hampered by the tyre diameter/width and tyre technology of the time (as were solos with increasing power outputs, particularly the Hailwood Hondas)

Those responsible for this article must have based it on something but the initial source is either lacking itself or has been disregarded. If they're going to include the full results tables the descriptive should be included. 62.253.80.7 (talk) 01:00, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

That part of article was written by me, based on George O'Dell's book, and personal studies of a 30 years personal collections of "Motocourse". One can expand all the development from 1949 until now, but the middle point is 1977. Perhaps a better way to describe the difference is that prior to 1977, championships were won by sidecars that are frame type, while starting in 1981 championships were won by riveted monocoque type. In between we have situations that both type won championships due to back and forth rule changes.

The transition of semi-kneeler to full kneelers are hard to distinguish. Some champions prefer semi-kneeler while others were already winning using full kneelers. Max Deubel was the last champion to use a semi-kneeler, although it is hard to define what is a semi-kneeler, what is a full kneeler.

From 1949 to around 1952 the machines are true sidecars, from 1953 (the last of the Nortons and the early BMWs) the frames were merged, but if you unhooked the frames, the motorcycles could still run on their own. The FIM conveniently forgot to apply the fairing rule on sidecars, thus encouraging develop a single fairing for the entire outfit, which easily lead to merging of the frames. Starting from 1960s the sidecar were lowered in order to become semi or full kneelers, at this point it was impossible to separate the outfit. The BMW engine was also a big reason why the outfit became lower and lower. Scheidegger won with a Rudi Kurth built BMW outfit that practical had him laying flat, so it was beyond full kneelers. It was also around this time that the forks were drastically shortened.

The era from 1981 until today the sidecars are pretty much the same. Louis Christian once wrote me that every year there were some improvement. But the key to victories are mostly down to engine power. In 1994, Biland's machine nearly equaled the same time as a 500cc in Laguna Seca by hundreds of a second.

You are more than welcome to write the two eras of 1950, the two eras of 1960 up until 1974, then 1975-1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, and then 1981 until today. These are the major eras. I chose 1977 because it was the easiest for a layman to understand. To explain parallelogram front suspension on a 1985 Seymaz versus a later wishbone front suspension on a late 1990s LCR we will need an entire different article. The technical details can be found from "Motocourse" from 1982 to 1999. Also the evolution of tires, and engines, all from each Motocourse book, which lists every single engine used, and their evolutions. Modern sidecar front tires were originally borrowed from the front tyres of Tyrrell's 6 wheelers by Rudy Kurth, and put on the LCR. This was a time when the rules were changing back and forth, and Louis Christian could not figure out what to use as a front tyre, and Kurth, thanks to Ken Tyrell, solved the problem.

Steve Webster's book is helpful, but is only relevant from early 80s to 90s. It does not really provide any technical matters, but just personal recollections of events, testings, and other personalities, especially Biland. There are some basic technical details, such as what a Krauser and what an ADM really were. (Yamaha engine with Honda parts). Alcatrazhack (talk) 10:56, 21 September 2013 (UTC)