military motorcycling is a subject close to my heart but I still can't see any use for sidecars.
There are too many quadcycles and off road cars that can do the same job better.
Two wheelers can at least go places the four wheelers can't,a combination has no saving graces.
In the Second World War German sidecars cost a lot more than a kubelwagon I believe.
I have always wondered how well their sidecar units performed.
i picked up 10 of these a couple of months ago, the bloke said that the army had a couple to trial. he said they were really interested in the fact it was diesel and could tow a trailer with about 1/4 ton on it.
They have been in use for decades and a few years ago there was a dedicated military variant in development.
It is a long time since I read about that but I think it was being developed by the Jordanians and had a diesel engine.
I will see if I can find any information on the military version.
good points,I was thinking of following behind infantry in a support role,like a pack animal,it can tow a tonne and a half of ammunition or carry half a tonne (though I would not like to try keeping that sort of weight upright!).
There are not many other practical ways of hauling those sorts of weights in very tight terrain.
I would thoroughly agree that it would be a liability in a lot of combat situations.
On the other hand there are some circumstances where it would be usable in the scout role.
I often walk in wooded area where off road bikes are sometimes used,even though they have very loud competition exhausts I can only tell exactly where they are when they are very close,it would be much harder if they had quiet pipes.
Still,a motorcycle is very vulnerable and unable to return fire quickly,I would not want to use one where I was likely to bump in to anyone unfriendly in tight terrain.
For pack animals you want mules.
When you can't use them anymore you can eat them.
Orde Wingate liked his fresh,slaughtered his own.
I have a signed copy of "Shave Tails and Bell Sharps" somewhere,very good book on military mules.
I also understand that at least one British Logistics Brigade still maintains a mule capability?
Edited to add it was 102 Logistics Brigade I was thinking of and their site references "pack horses" not mules,see here:
The ROKON two wheel drive bike is a pretty amazing piece of kit. I had a look at one last week at DSEI, and all right, it looks like my son knocked it up out of lego and meccano, but as an ATV it certainly seems to be the mutt's nuts. the promo vid shows the bloody thing pottering up 45% slopes, over rocks and logs and generally going where it shouldn't. It's powered by a 6.6HP 172cc Kohler engine, with a three gear pre select box, giving you a max speed of 40MPH. and it can pull a quad or a trailer up steep inclines too. Bloody brilliant. And you can carry 800km worth of petrol in the wheels!