I admit I do not know much about the California Side Car company (yes, the name is two words; “Side Car”). I know that they did play a significant roll in the 80’s and early 90’s American scooter scene, although they did not fair so well in European markets. (perhaps due to the availability of older sidecars and the Watson). They were light weight sidecars and readily available alternatives to increasingly hard to find original Vespa, Globe, Steib and other out of production rigs here in the States. I imagine that they were also very popular here in the states because they fit that pre-eBay niche market for hard to find items (God bless eBay!!!). If anyone knows the story of why they decided to give up on the scooter market, please let me know.
Here is some great information about the American sidecar legend. Note that the California Side Car for scooters is out of production, but they do have a website with Motorcycle sidecars. check it out: http://www.californiasidecar.com/
Many thanks to Dan Rickard for providing the scanned photo’s and flyers.
- Installation instructions - Mostly for the “Friendship” and “Companion” sidecars which are for motorcycles. Much of the concepts are the same for scooters. You can download the entire scanned pages in zipped format here. (5.7 mb)
- An article about the company - As ran in 1980 in “Touring Bike”
Original California Side Car flyers (click to view original size).
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Note the MOUNTING challenge: “We challenge you to find a scooter we can’t fit!”
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