What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

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What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by Waffl6 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:45 am

I'm considering going to look at a not so close to me GL1500 with a Hannigan sidecar. This could end up being a replacement for the Ural, but I'm not dead set on anything. I am rapidly running out of space and money for motorcycles but I'm honestly getting fed up with my rig at this point and I just want something I can count on.

Do you think a GL1500 is an appropriate tug bike? From what I've read online, these sidecars are only about 300 pounds so I don't feel like it is really any different from a Ural tub.
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by Tomcatfixer » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:10 am

It's probably the ultimate tug. Plenty examples of this combination roam the highways:
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by rivers » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:53 am

Quality, comfort, expensive. A GW would make a great hwy tug if you can live with the gas mileage. A guy in the S/TEP class I took had a Wing w/a Hanigan tub, beautiful but he complained fuel consumption was 18mpg's. If you're considering it makes sure the Wing has the electric reverse unit. It's a "heavy" combo!
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by wooden nickel » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:56 am

I am no expert but the Hannigan sidecars I have seen seemed to be well made. Most of the ones I saw were hooked to Goldwings.
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Post by Desantnik-VDV » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:57 am

Is it a Goldwing or Valkyrie?
Both are freeway tourers/cruisers. You can do 70 mph nonstop for hours and hours...watercooled too...
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by aduthie » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:57 am

This biggest problems I’ve seen with GL1500s have been from people who parked them for too long. Cleaning the carbs is about a $1000 job at this point, so neglect is expensive. Beyond that they seem to be very reliable beasts, with power to spare, and a sidecar certainly fixes the problem of them being very heavy and tricky to push around the garage in fear of a tipover.

Also, owning a non-vintage Gold Wing before you’re 40 is a pretty big deal, but doing it before you’re 30 will forever make you an outlier (as if having a sidecar weren’t enough). But I think you’ve already embraced that. :D Hell, I rented a GL1800 right before my 30th birthday as a sort of joke. It was fun! But I’ve never really wanted to own one...
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Post by Desantnik-VDV » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:03 pm

One more thing...
Handling is very heavy in serpentine if the triple tree is stock. You need good upper torso muscles to push and pull.
I was getting 20-23 MPG on 1998 Valk with Champion Escort sidecar. Pusher and sidecar had car tires.

Hannigan Astro is a 2 seater. In hot weather with the top cover on can be hot for pax.
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Post by 54vintage » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:41 pm

Just to add another point of view. I switched from my 2014 GU to a 2002 1150 GSA and hung a Ural frame and tub on it. I get 37 to 40 mpg and it runs down the road idling at 65 mph with lots of revs to go. It doesn't know what a hill is....just twist the throttle a bit more and on you go. All it took was a sub frame from Dmc sidecars and some weld on parts to adapt the Ural tub.

Good luck finding what you want :cheers:

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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by tgtrotter » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:39 pm

Prior to my first ever sidecar purchase in March 2015. a 2000 Tourist, my wife and I relied on little gatherings at a few Doug Binghams Rallys lurking on this SS site and ADVrider and a visits to his shop and others. We knew We wanted a sidecar rig. We ended up with the Ural because (1) she said so (2) affordable entry..

However gathering info I took it as Hannigans are the creme de la creme. And a large displacement tug is the way to go. Kind of my taste too. I have heard GWs are very reliable but may encounter a 100k mile lower bearing or trans failure in the $2-3k range.

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Post by chaos2 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:05 pm

at some point a small convertible makes more sense :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by Snakeoil » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:31 pm

General rule of thumb for GWs is if you buy one used, change the timing belt immediately. Don't take the seller's word unless you know the seller well.
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by RiverRat » Fri May 08, 2020 4:17 pm

Just for comparison my Goldwing 1500 trike gets about 31 mpg. I will also emphasize Snakeoil's warning CHANGE the TIMING BELT. Those things deteriorate over time as well as miles.
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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by Happytrails » Mon May 11, 2020 9:31 am

Sound advice for the timing belts. A Goldwing 1500 or 1800 could definitely pull a Hannigan. They pull like a freight train with a lot of torque down low for riding 2 up with luggage and hauling a trailer. I've been thinking about adding one to my 1500 but just haven't run across the right deal yet. Used ones usually come already attached to something.

Hannigan Astro is pretty huge. If you go to look at one definitely ask if it has the EZsteer rake kit upgrade. Some of them have the electric tilt which is cool and some even have AC (its more of an ice cooler you fill up and the blower moves the air around inside the hack). The Astro really surrounds the passenger and has that dark tinted windshield. Its probably great but just seems closed in. I talked to a couple people who have them and they really love them. The ultimate in sidecar luxury. I think they still make them and new they are around $14-15k installed and paint matched.

GL1500 w/ Hannigan I considered buying and right in front a GL1800 also with Hannigan at ride for kids last year

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Another 1500 w/ Champion Escort that was for sale at a great price
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A Goldwing can be very reliable, bulletproof really if maintained. I commuted to work on my 91 a lot :) but just tryin to keep in mind a 1500 could be 20yrs or older. Most parts you can still buy from Honda but some stuff is just gone. Rubber parts deteriorate and need replacin. :)

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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by Happytrails » Mon May 11, 2020 12:44 pm

Seller says this one gets 46mpg :)

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Re: What do we know about Hannigan sidecars?

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Wed May 13, 2020 2:00 am

1998 Honda Valkyrie GL1500../Champion Escort sidecar I use to get only 21-23 MPG.
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