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Reply #45 - 27th Jan, 2017 at 7:56pm
 
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Reply #46 - 14th Apr, 2017 at 9:37pm
 
Getting the thread back on track...

I am sure your cousin is very proud of his creation and good for him for having a go, but there is no way he could ever convince me to travel in the sidecar or on the motorcycle! As you have correctly pointed out, motorcycles are not designed to carry sidecars or trailers and this is especially true for these little “toy” motorcycles that everyone rides in Laos and neighbouring countries. The additional stresses placed on the motorcycle frame can easily result in cracks and distortions that could cause the motorcycle frame to break without warning and the consequences of this event are potentially fatal.

Larger touring motorcycles that have a sidecar are professionally modified with appropriate strengthening of the frame and usually incorporate modifications to the suspension, braking, drive train ratios and steering geometry to allow for the additional weight and asymmetric drag of the sidecar. Also critical is the attachment itself, which is usually a ball and socket style of joint, which allows some flexibility between the sidecar and the attachment points on the motorcycle frame.

Your cousin’s sidecar is the perfect example of what NOT to do! Firstly, the photos show that his motorcycle is in very poor condition which obviously reflects on how well he maintains it... or not in this case. Secondly, the motorcycle is one of those awful mass-produced and poorly engineered copies of the Honda Wave that are produced with very thin steel frames. Considering the pitiable state of the already poor quality motorcycle, there is every chance that his frame may already have hairline cracks in the frame. Did he have the frame X-rayed for cracks in the weld beads before attaching the sidecar? Of course not. Then, he has used mostly one-inch box section steel with no trussing for tensile strength. At the rear, the sidecar is attached to the pillion grab handle, which is a most unsuitable location. I could go on and on, but please... if you value your cousin’s life, for goodness sake tell him to put his brain in gear before he puts the motorcycle in gear! If not, your cousin may consider himself a temporary citizen of Laos.
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Re: My cousin made this three-wheeled motorbike
Reply #47 - 15th Apr, 2017 at 7:07am
 
It's probably more of a side trailer because it's not really created to carry passengers but goods. However, it can support the weight of two or three people in there so it's very strong and there's no reason to worry about your safety.

Assuming it broke, you're not going to die as a result, the worst case scenario is that you're going to have to walk back home. This basic three-wheeled motorbike isn't designed to be ridden on a California Highway or a Sydney Freeway.

It is ridden at slow speeds on a dirt road in a Lao countryside for the convenience of carrying things short distance, which is why it looks old and dirty from the dust. I wouldn't say it's in very poor condition because it works perfectly fine. Not everybody is rich, you use what you have.

Any rural citizens in Laos would love to have one of these three-wheeled motorbike in a heartbeat because it's much better and safer than carrying things while riding. Thank you for your concern though.
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Reply #48 - 15th Apr, 2017 at 1:37pm
 
Very well written and answered Saovaluck 🙂🙂🙂
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Re: My cousin made this three-wheeled motorbike
Reply #49 - 18th Apr, 2017 at 5:28pm
 
Vongvichit999 wrote on 14th Apr, 2017 at 9:37pm:
Getting the thread back on track...

I am sure your cousin is very proud of his creation and good for him for having a go, but there is no way he could ever convince me to travel in the sidecar or on the motorcycle! As you have correctly pointed out, motorcycles are not designed to carry sidecars or trailers and this is especially true for these little “toy” motorcycles that everyone rides in Laos and neighbouring countries. The additional stresses placed on the motorcycle frame can easily result in cracks and distortions that could cause the motorcycle frame to break without warning and the consequences of this event are potentially fatal.

Larger touring motorcycles that have a sidecar are professionally modified with appropriate strengthening of the frame and usually incorporate modifications to the suspension, braking, drive train ratios and steering geometry to allow for the additional weight and asymmetric drag of the sidecar. Also critical is the attachment itself, which is usually a ball and socket style of joint, which allows some flexibility between the sidecar and the attachment points on the motorcycle frame.

Your cousin’s sidecar is the perfect example of what NOT to do! Firstly, the photos show that his motorcycle is in very poor condition which obviously reflects on how well he maintains it... or not in this case. Secondly, the motorcycle is one of those awful mass-produced and poorly engineered copies of the Honda Wave that are produced with very thin steel frames. Considering the pitiable state of the already poor quality motorcycle, there is every chance that his frame may already have hairline cracks in the frame. Did he have the frame X-rayed for cracks in the weld beads before attaching the sidecar? Of course not. Then, he has used mostly one-inch box section steel with no trussing for tensile strength. At the rear, the sidecar is attached to the pillion grab handle, which is a most unsuitable location. I could go on and on, but please... if you value your cousin’s life, for goodness sake tell him to put his brain in gear before he puts the motorcycle in gear! If not, your cousin may consider himself a temporary citizen of Laos.


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Reply #50 - 18th Apr, 2017 at 8:37pm
 
I am perfectly chilled, thanks. But because I have a background in both engineering and OHS, the OP's photos caught my attention and prompted a logical and sensible response. That said, I have lived in Laos long enough to know full well that most Lao folk have no sense of self preservation whatsoever and they routinely put themselves into extremely dangerous situations with little or no thought to their own safety, nor the safety of others. Saovaluck's response clearly demonstrates this casual attitude: commonsense will tell you that using this contraption on rough dirt roads does not make it any safer; if anything, it only amplifies the danger of a breakage and crash! I suppose the only saving grace is the relatively low speed at which it would normally travel. Nevertheless, the bike's owner clearly doesn't give a flying fudge about his safety or that of anyone travelling with him. Such is life in Laos. I'll open another Beer Lao, chill out some more and forget about it... 'Nuff said.
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Re: My cousin made this three-wheeled motorbike
Reply #51 - 19th Apr, 2017 at 4:08am
 
A background in this and that doesn't mean you can come up with a conclusion from photos.

There has never been any reports of anybody losing their life in Laos due to a side trailer breaking up. The trailer is made from steel and it is securely attached to the motorbike so it wouldn't just snap off, there would be some warning signs prior to a complete breakage.

What kind of transportation in Laos will make you 100% safe?

If you've lived in Laos long enough as you say, then you'll obviously understand that nobody wears a seat belt in a car or tuk tuk, sleeper buses with beds makes you vulnerable when there is a sudden break or accident, and people don't wear a helmet when riding a bike. Even if you're walking on a footpath in Vientiane, motorbikes regularly drive on it to take short cuts, putting your life in danger. Not to mention pot holes everywhere can make a car swerve into oncoming traffic.

You could hop onto any form of public transport in Laos, but you'll never know if they fully maintained their vehicles.

So clearly Laos isn't the place for you with your mentality.
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Re: My cousin made this three-wheeled motorbike
Reply #52 - 19th Apr, 2017 at 11:03am
 
Vongvichit999 wrote on 18th Apr, 2017 at 8:37pm:
I am perfectly chilled, thanks. But because I have a background in both engineering and OHS, the OP's photos caught my attention and prompted a logical and sensible response. That said, I have lived in Laos long enough to know full well that most Lao folk have no sense of self preservation whatsoever and they routinely put themselves into extremely dangerous situations with little or no thought to their own safety, nor the safety of others. Saovaluck's response clearly demonstrates this casual attitude: commonsense will tell you that using this contraption on rough dirt roads does not make it any safer; if anything, it only amplifies the danger of a breakage and crash! I suppose the only saving grace is the relatively low speed at which it would normally travel. Nevertheless, the bike's owner clearly doesn't give a flying fudge about his safety or that of anyone travelling with him. Such is life in Laos. I'll open another Beer Lao, chill out some more and forget about it... 'Nuff said.



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Re: My cousin made this three-wheeled motorbike
Reply #53 - 27th Jun, 2017 at 6:29pm
 
The same three-wheeled motorbike 5 months later without the headlights, broken front fender, and a new black and yellow seat cover. It still runs great, no one has died.



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Reply #54 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 1:40pm
 
Applause  your cousin is a MacGyver !! Good on him.
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Re: My cousin made this three-wheeled motorbike
Reply #55 - 1st Jul, 2017 at 7:28am
 
I would tootle about town any day on this three wheeler. It goes forward, steers, and comes to a halt. Perfect. Bonus: It hauls things too large to carry. Good Job Cousin
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