Watsonian Sidecars are hosting a summer barbecue at their factory in the Cotswolds on Saturday 28th June.
The company has been making sidecars in the Heart of England for 102 years and this year is the 30th anniversary of their move to the current location, near the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh.
Attractions at the event include a barbecue serving freshly cooked local produce, (prices start at just £1 per item), an opportunity to see how a sidecar is made inside the historic factory and a chance to take a sidecar driving skills test on Watsonian’s specially created obstacle course, with a prize for the most talented driver.
Watsonian are also the franchised dealer for Royal Enfield motorcycles and Peugeot Scooters in the Cotswolds and there will be a selection of demonstrators to ride on the day (visitors will need to bring both parts of their driving licence and appropriate riding wear).
Free parking is available on site and prizes will be awarded for outfit and solo bike that have been ridden from the furthest distance. Visit Watsonian on Saturday 28th June between 10am-4pm. Click here for address and map.
Watsonian report increasing demand for sidecars from touring bike owners. The British manufacturer, now in its 102nd year, recently developed a fitting kit for the Triumph Trophy and now offers attachments for the Honda NT700V Deauville too.
Fitting sidecars to modern touring bikes is difficult, because lighter beam frames have replaced traditional steel tubing, so there are no mounting points for the arms that connect chair to the motorcycle. Therefore the design team at Watsonian created a bespoke sub frame for the Deauville to provide perfectly positioned attachment points for the sidecar.
The combination pictured features the Monza, colour-matched to the motorcycle and in DL trim with a 10” alloy wheel. First introduced in the 1960s, the Monza was originally conceived as a sports sidecar and has remained popular thanks to its excellent road holding and comfort. Prices for the Monza sidecar start at £4995 including VAT. With more than 100 years experience, Watsonian offer fittings for a wide range of both modern and classic motorcycles, a factory fitting service and tuition for novice drivers. Visit the Watsonian factory and see their range of sidecars at the company’s Summer BBQ on Saturday 28th June. For more information call O1386 7OO9O7 or visit www.watsonian-squire.com.
Watsonian Squire is delighted to announce the appointment of a specialist distributor for the USA.
Based in Ft Myers, Florida, Watsonian Squire USA will offer American customers access to the complete range of British-built sidecars, with full factory support, as well as expert guidance from Doug Bingham, of The Side Strider sidecar company.
Watsonian Squire USA is in the process of recruiting certified dealers throughout the territory, giving customers improved access to local service centres. If you are interested in becoming a stockist for Watsonian Squire, or simply would like to put a sidecar on your existing bike, please contact Christopher and Tina Kehl at Watsonian Squire USA, 16770 Link Ct Unit 101, Ft Myers FL 33912. Tel: 239-400-1289239-400-1289
Louise + Sprocket
Louise Hillier, her dog Sprocket and a Watsonian/Triumph sidecar have been out and about on a grand adventure tour, riding from Cornwall to Greece. Part one of their trip is in the current [Feb 2014] issue of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure.
Watsonian re-launched their Meteor sidecar at this Year’s Motorcycle Live show, more than sixty years after production of the original version ceased.
Only 601 of the initial Meteor were built by Watsonian, between 1946-’49, using a batch of RAF Mosquito bomber reserve fuel tanks that they had bought from the Air Ministry shortly after the end of the Second World War. Made from stretched and spun plywood, the tanks were were light and aerodynamic, so Watsonian adapted them to use as sidecar bodies.
The body shell of the modern Meteor is produced from glass fibre, using a mould taken from one of the original plywood bodies. It sits on a tubular steel chassis, manufactured in Watsonian’s Cotswold factory, which is uprated from the 1940’s design with addition of a shock-absorber and 16″ wheel. Measuring 2100mm x 1000mm, the Meteor has a 390mm wide seat. A fold-down screen is mounted on a cast aluminium bar in front of the cockpit and the seat tilts forward to provide access to storage space behind.
Priced at £3995 including VAT, the Meteor is available in a range of gel coat colours. With more than 100 years experience, Watsonian offer fittings for a wide range of both modern and classic motorcycles and can provide a factory fitting service.
For more information call 01386 700907, visit www.watsonian-squire.com
Demand for British-made sidecars is increasing. Watsonian, who have been making sidecars in the Heart of England since 1912, report that sales rose by 30% in the six months from March to August this year, compared to the same period in 2012.
Demand is coming from a wide range of customers; recent fitments include a 1950’s BSA Golden Flash, Harley Davidson Sportster, Triumph Bonneville and Thunderbird and Suzuki Burgman maxi scooter.
“We’ve recently experienced a resurgence of interest in our Monza sidecar” says Watsonian sales director Ben Matthews. “It’s been in continuous production since the 1950’s, when its was considered very modern, and seems to have come back into vogue”.
Although the majority of new business is coming from British customers, Watsonian are also benefiting from demand in emerging markets and have just established a distributor in Indonesia for the first time.
Watsonian will be unveiling a new sidecar model alongside updates to current lines on their large stand at Motorcycle Live this November.