BaT Auction Success Story: 1996 BMW R850R w/ Sidecar A Joy To Ride

This is from the site Bring a Trailer (https://bringatrailer.com/) ...

This just in from the buyer of the 1996 BMW R850R w/ Sidecar that was purchased via BaT Auctions on 07/31/17 (link): “I’m incredibly happy that the auction for my R850R happened when it did. I’ve been riding since I was a kid and commuted daily on motorcycles for over 20 years, and the entire time I have been fantasizing and talking about a sidecar rig. Finally my wife got sick of me talking about it and told me if I took the class for the 3-wheeled endorsement (which is separate from a 2-wheeled endorsement in Washington State) and actually liked riding a sidecar rig I could get one. The 2-day class was scheduled for a weekend, and a few days before it started this auction popped up. The bike is perfect, modern but classic, clean lines, and the BMW boxer engine I always dreamed about next to the sidecar. It’s even in my favorite color. After I took the class I was in love, sidecar biking was definitely for me, so I told my wife and she said “Well, I guess you should start looking for one you like”, and I immediately pointed at the screen on my laptop and said “I want this one!”. She was very supportive and even watched the end of the auction from home and messaged me the entire time about how exciting it all was. The biggest problem was getting it shipped from Chicago to Seattle. Car shippers didn’t want it and motorcycle shippers didn’t know what to do with it. After almost a month I finally found a company that would ship it for about double what I originally planned, but they did a great job and got it here on time and in perfect condition, so I was happy about it in the end. I’ve been riding it as often as possible since, though the rainy Seattle weather doesn’t help,and put about 3K miles on it since it got here. The front Ohlins shock needed a rebuild, it was leaking and didn’t have any damping in it, but there is a great suspension shop not far from here and they know the guy who built the sidecar, so they rebuilt it and set it up for me perfectly. Everything else has been clean and utterly reliable and its a real joy to ride. Even my dogs like it! Adam C. @NinjaHamster“

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