Want to carry a passenger in weather protected comfort? Want more stability? More Cargo space? We can add a sidecar for you!.
Want a sidecar on your Scooter?
We sell several models of sidecars, from ones suitable for a lighter weight scooter to ones suitable for a bigger bike. We can design mounts, install and align the sidecar, and make sure it drives properly. With years of experience in sidecar installation, we can do the job right.
Before seeing examples of the models of sidecars which we carry, please read our Sidecar FAQ below for more information on sidecar installation.
Sidecar Frequently Asked Questions
Want a sidecar on your motorcycle or scooter?
Adding a sidecar to your bike can be a very rewarding experience. At oVc we are committed to giving you the best value for your money and there are several factors you should be aware of with regards to sidecar installation and operation.
If you are seriously considering a sidecar, we suggest you read this page first before contacting us so that you will have a better idea about what we can do and what you should know. Here are some of the most common questions and answers we get from potential sidecar owners…
"How much does it cost to install a sidecar?"
This varies widely with the type of sidecar chosen and the make/model of bike, but an average installation costs around $5k. The cost of the sidecar itself can be anywhere from $3k to $10k; most of the installations we’ve done involve the Cozy brand of sidecars, which retail for around $3,500. A mounting kit is required to adapt the sidecar to your bike, these usually cost around $500-$700. The installation fee is an additional $600-$800, depending upon any custom fabrication work that may need to be done.
"What sidecar is best for my needs?"
We will be happy to discuss to sidecar selections with you. We are an authourised dealer for the Sportmax and Cozy brands, but can obtain many other makes and models to suit your needs. We prefer to meet you in person, with your bike, at our shop so that we can give you a better idea of what we feel would work best for you, but we can also answer your questions over the phone or via email.
"How long does it take for an installation?"
Again, this varies with the type of sidecar and make/model of bike, but a typical installation will take around one month to complete. We are a small shop and most of the custom painting, metal fabrication and welding needs to be sent out to local specialist shops, which can add to the overall time frame. Also, it may take several attempts to get the installation right, as we refuse to give the project back to the owner until it fully meets our standards for quality and safety. We do NOT rush ANY installation job – regardless of the reason and you must be aware that we cannot always commit to a specific completion date, but we will try our best to meet it.
"Will a sidecar void my bike’s warranty?"
This is best answered by the dealer you purchased your bike from. Most motorcycle manufacturers have a clause in their warranty that allows for sidecar installation if it is performed by a qualified installation shop (such as ours), but the onus is on you to verify this prior to booking an installation.
"Can the sidecar be removed once it’s installed?"
There are a few sidecar companies that make so called “quick disconnect” mounting hardware so that a sidecar can be removed and installed in less than an hour. At oVc, however, we discourage this practice for safety reasons. Operating a sidecar rig requires a skill set that is quite different from that of a two-wheeled motorcycle and we prefer that our customers acknowledge and abide by this. Simply put, if you don’t want to give up the “freedom” of two wheeled transport, you should not get a sidecar. Alternately, you might consider keeping your two wheeler and purchasing a second bike for sidecar duty.
"Are sidecars more dangerous than trikes?"
It all depends on your perspective. There are pros and cons to both, but we at oVc feel that a sidecar rig is a safer and far more useful way to experience the joys of the three-wheeled world.
"Where can I get driving lessons specific to sidecar operation?"
One of the included features in any oVc sidecar installation is a comprehensive, hands-on training session given at our shop prior to your riding off with your new sidecar. We will not consider the installation completed until you are confident enough to ride it. For a very reasonable fee we can also arrange delivery of the rig to your home. We recommend you read the excellent “Driving A Sidecar Outfit” manual by David L Hough, as we base our training sessions on his methods.
"When can I drop off my bike?"
Due to limited storage space, we will not take your bike in until the sidecar and the mounting kit have arrived and are ready to be installed. We will notify you when we are ready to start and then we’ll book a time/date for you to drop it off.
"Can I come to the shop and look at your selection of sidecars?"
Due to their size and the many different models available, we do not keep many sidecars in stock. We may have a few units on the premises at any given time, though, depending upon the number of installation projects that are in progress. We can direct you towards the different manufacturer’s websites so that you can choose one best suited to your needs and liking and in some cases we can provide photos of our completed projects to give you a better idea of what is out there. You are always welcome to drop in for a chat, though!
"I've heard it isn't legal to have a passenger in a sidecar in Ontario, is this true?"
Rest assured, this isn't true at all. Unfortunately some people have taken a vague entry in the MTO FAQ that refers to trikes and have started spreading around that because of that FAQ entry, it is not legal to have a passenger in the sidecar. This is not supported by anything in the highway traffic act, and it has been confirmed with the MTO that sidecars are fully legal in Ontario. See the below email.
"Dear Mr. L., Thank you for your e-mail regarding motorcycle sidecars. The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation, has asked me to respond on his behalf. In Ontario, sidecars are permitted to be used on 2-wheeled motorcycles. They are not, however, permitted to be use on 3-wheeled motorcycles, also known as motor tricycles. By adding a sidecar to a motor tricycle, the vehicle would have four wheels and would have to meet passenger car standards. The information you referred to in question #9 of the Ministry of Transportation’s FAQs regarding the number of permitted passengers and footrests, is related only to passengers riding on the back of a motor tricycle behind the driver and is not applicable to a 2-wheeled motorcycle with a sidecar. That being said, footrests are required for each seating position on the back of a 2-wheeled motorcycle, however, are not required in a sidecar. The number of passengers riding on the back of a motorcycle is limited to the number of seating positions and their corresponding footrest. One passenger is permitted in a sidecar. Thank you for sending your question. It was my pleasure to respond. Karl Groskopf Team Leader, Special Projects Road Safety Policy Office Safety Policy and Education Branch"
Now that you've read our FAQ...
If you’re still interested in getting a sidecar feel free to stop by for a chat during business hours. We prefer to meet you and your bike in person, but if that is not possible, or if you want more info before making a decision, please call us at 519-855-9445 or use the form on our Contact us page to get your answers.
Looking for a disabled access sidecar? Need something customized to make your machine easier to use?
oVc is now installing and customizing disabled sidecars for our customers who want to take along a passenger who isn't able to ride easily in a regular sidecar (For example we recently installed a wheelchair accessible sidecar on a HD motorcycle). Find out what we can do for you, just call us at 519-855-9445 or use the form on our Contact us page to send us an email and let us know what your requirements are - we'll get you setup safely, setup properly, and out on the road again.
At oVc, it isn't about what you can't do. It's about what we can help you to do again.
Check out some of our latest sidecar installation projects
This is just about the ultimate family touring rig.
A gorgeous rig, a true classic.
As usual, George has insisted on personally inspecting this install, and has given it his official "Two Paws up" seal of approval.
It's a gorgeous bike with a classic sidecar - this rig will get some attention!
Sidecar Information and Forums
Sidecar Models Available
OVC is now an official dealer for the Trans-Moto brand of sidecars, enabling us to order their various models and any parts you require.
Want more info on their models? Check out the Trans-Moto Sidecars page and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Sportmax Sidecars are distributors for variety of sidecar models, suitable for many motorcycles and scooters. OVC is an official Sportmax Dealer.
Want more info on their models? Check out the Sportmax Sidecars page and feel free to contact us with any questions.
oVc is proud to be the newest Hannigan Sidecar dealer in Ontario! As an authorized Hannigan dealer we can sell, service and provide needed parts for Hannigan Sidecars.
Want more info on their models? Check out the Hannigan Sidecar page and feel free to contact us with any questions.
As a Champion sidecar dealer, we can now source their sidecars, parts, and service their products.
Want more info on their models? Check out the Champion Sidecar page and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Texas Sidecar Co. Sidecars
As a Texas sidecar company dealer, we can now provide their sidecars, parts and service.
Want more info on their models? Check out the Texas Sidecar Company page and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Universal Mounting Kit
We carry universal mounting kits and can help you through installing a sidecar on almost any machine.
Want more info on what we can do towards putting a sidecar on your motorcycle? Check out our Contact page and just ask us for details on what we can do for you!
"We chose Old Village Cranks for our Honda/Hannigan sidecar dream based on the reputation of the business and the people; Ken and Mike proved to be excellent partners in assisting us in making this a reality.
Unlike “buying” a vehicle off the showroom floor, the decision to enter the world of hacks is a complicated path involving many decisions and steps that are best done under the guidance of experienced professionals. They walked and coached us through every critical decision and then literally, put all the pieces of the puzzle together to make something amazing that was far greater than the sum of the parts.
Without that expertise, it would be far too easy to waste a lot of money and end up with a disappointing result. We came through this process as the proud owners of a rig that we hope will carry us many enjoyable miles during our retirement years.
O.V.C. will help you understand if a sidecar is what you really want or need, but if that is the case, they are going to make sure everything is done right.
I recommend them highly."
Kathy & Bruce
Sidecar Installation Examples
Want to see what oVc can do? See a sampling of recent customer sidecar setups below.
OVC Info and FAQ pages
OVC is a Motorcycle, ATV, Sidecar and Scooter dealer located in Hillsburgh, ON.
We have years of experience in Motorcycle and ATV service, sidecar installation, and carry a variety of ATV and motorcycle accessories in our showroom. Come by today to take a look!