INTERESTED IN SIDECAR RACING?
Sidecar Racing is a unique and exciting class of motorcycle racing. In W.A. there is a long & proud history of the category being well supported, and producing some exceptionally talented riders and passengers who have tasted success at both state and national level.
The sidecar teams here in the pits are a friendly, helpful group of people. We suggest talking to the riders, passengers and team members ask them questions, look at their bikes, you will be amazed at the subtle differences between each machine.
An Introduction to Passengering
Learn to passenger safely and have the buzz of your life at the same time. Each year the MCRC conducts a Sidecar Passenger "Come and Try Day" giving potential passengers the opportunity to learn the correct way to position yourself on a sidecar. The passenger's job is basically to assit with stability/braking/steering/traction. This is done by placing weight over/to the front of the back wheel during braking and to aid steering); over/to rear of the back wheel when traction is required (coming out of a right hand corner); over the chair wheel as stability is required (through a left hand corner). Passengers need to have moderate fitness and strength, with the "ideal" weight being 60 to 65 kg.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPETITIVE RIDERS AND PASSENGERS:
Each rider and passenger require a Motorcycling Australia Competition license. To hold an MA license, you need to be a member of an MA affiliated club, i.e. MCRCWA or HCMC. A general requirement is to participate in 3 tuning days prior to being tested by a "Registered Licence Tester" who will sign off on your First Time Licence testing form. You will then be required to answer 25 general racing questions, followed by completing the MA license application form. When submitting this paperwork to Motorcycling WA you will be required to provided a copy of Birth Certificate/ Passport (Proof of age), Ambulance Fund Name and Policy number.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
PASSENGER: Full or 2 piece leathers are required, helmet (full face), leather boots that cover bottom of pants (sidecar rider and passengers may wear ankle length boots), wrist length gloves that cover sleeves (Gloves need not be worn by passengers on sidecars but are recommended). Back protectors are recommended. Refer to www.ma.org.au / GCR's 15.4 Protective Clothing. When "trying out" as a passenger Leathers may be hired for the day. (Pending availability & sizing).
The Sidecar Driver and passenger need to be a team and work together to ensure the best result.
Some teams share expenses (from machine purchase to bike maintenance to entry fees, fuel and tyres) and some Drivers just expect the passenger to turn up on time.
There are three different styles of road-racing sidecars:
FORMULA 1 - LONG BIKES:
Any Formula 1 machine has a four-stroke engine up to 1000cc. Most long bikes have centre-hub front steering (similar to an F1 racing car), which allows the front tyre to stay flat on the racetrack as the handlebars are turned. Some long bikes have “conventional leading-link ” type front steering, where the tyre contact patch moves from the centre to the sides as the handlebars are turned. All F1 long bikes have the engine positioned behind the rider, in front of the rear (drive) wheel. A Formula 1 chassis may be either monocoque, or tubular steel construction.
FORMULA 1 - SHORT BIKES:
All short bikes have the engine located behind the front wheel, underneath the rider. Most F1 short bikes are constructed of a tubular steel chassis, with leading-link steering.
FORMULA 2 - SHORT BIKES:
All F2 machines have a four-stroke engine, up to 600cc for 4cylinders, and up to 1000cc for 2 cylinder engines.The chassis will be constructed of tubular steel. All F2’s have leading link steering.
HISTORIC - PERIOD 3 (1946-62), PERIOD 4 (1963-72), PERIOD 5 (1973-80)
All historic sidecars have a four-stroke engine capacity limit of 1300cc.
BUYING OR BUILDING A SIDECAR:
A race-ready sidecar can be purchased for as little as $5000. For any potential sidecar racer who is considering constructing their own machine, Motorcycling Australia produce a rulebook, the “Manual of Motorcycle Sport”, which states all the various requirements for any road-racing sidecar, see also Motorcycling Australia Rules.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR RIDERS AND PASSENGERS:
Each rider and passenger require a Motorcycling Australia license. To hold an MA license, you need to be a member of an MA affiliated club, i.e. MCRCWA or HCMC. A general requirement is to participate in 3 Racecraft / tuning days prior to your MA license application. MCRCWA run a Sidecar Passenger Racecraft day once a year, or more regularly if required. With prior arrangement, Sidecar Driver or Passenger racecraft may be arranged at other times throughout the year.
CONTACTS FOR FURTHER DETAILS:
CONTACTS FOR FURTHUR DETAILS:
For any further information on getting into sidecar racing, please contact;
Karen Dore – MCRC Sidecar Committee Rep (2017) – 0413 380 650