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Very quick video I put together of Pa Gill Racing & Co. at the TT this year. Bit at the ends my favourite.

Pa Gill Racing TT 2014
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Very quick video I put together of Pa Gill Racing & Co. at the TT this year. Bit at the ends my favourite.

Pa Gill Racing TT 2014
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Old 5th October 2014, 09:07 PM
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Great reading lad...now where do i buy one of these sidecar outfits?????
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Old 6th October 2014, 10:24 AM
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Great reading lad...now where do i buy one of these sidecar outfits?????
Plenty of them available.

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Old 6th October 2014, 10:57 AM
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ya'd want to hurry. There seems to be a lot of interest in these things lately. Maybe us auld bastards are tired of falling off the solos or something.
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ya'd want to hurry. There seems to be a lot of interest in these things lately. Maybe us auld bastards are tired of falling off the solos or something.
Unreal the amount of solos that's changing to sidecars!
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Where are they usually advertised for sale?
Have seen these a few times at Mondello and I think they are class!!
Was chatting to one of the sidecar riders yesterday at Mondello and he was telling me that there is a training day for em in March in Mondello and that would be a good way to get into them. Do lads usually start as passenger and then become a rider or how does it work?
I have never even had a bike on a track never mind any sidecar experience. I commute daily on a V Strom 650 so i couldn't be any further away from any type of 2 or 3 wheeled motorsport....AM I MAD?
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Where are they usually advertised for sale?
Have seen these a few times at Mondello and I think they are class!!
Was chatting to one of the sidecar riders yesterday at Mondello and he was telling me that there is a training day for em in March in Mondello and that would be a good way to get into them. Do lads usually start as passenger and then become a rider or how does it work?
I have never even had a bike on a track never mind any sidecar experience. I commute daily on a V Strom 650 so i couldn't be any further away from any type of 2 or 3 wheeled motorsport....AM I MAD?
Not at all man. You can start either way.
The Irish Sidecar and Motorcycle Club have a monthly meeting in The Straw Hall pub. Head along to one of them. Terry O Reilly would be the man to talk to. I can PM his number to you if you want. You wont get a more helpful bunch than the sidecar lads. They'll do anything to get you out on track.
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From talking to people in the paddock and online there seems to be a real interest in people wanting to have at least a go on sidecars which is great.

I think what would be the job to organise would be a session maybe at one of Mondello's track days and get some of the lads to bring along a few bikes. Then to be on hand to instruct people how to ride and how to passenger. Then lads can make up their own mind what they would like to do. It would have to be a session booked so everyone would have to pony up a few quid to book the time on track. There is an open day in March but it's normally used as a testing day for lads who have been working on the outfits over the winter. The season is nearly over now bar the sunflower at the end of the month so after that it would be a good time to have a rattle. The good thing about sidecars is rain or shine there's lot's of fun to be had(sometimes more in the wet), so winter month track session no problem. Also if anyone is interested they have the winter to get together a few bob maybe do a bit with the bike and be ready for the start of the season.

The 2nd thing that needs to be done is an inventory of sidecars that are for sale and I can do this easily with a ring around but I'll get in touch with the Sidecar club and maybe they will do a call to members to list the bikes then at least lads can get an idea what's out there and how much can be spent. Because you can spend from a couple of grand to 5 digit figures on a bike depending where and what you want to do. I still remember the first time racing on an old GSXR 1200 bored to the last, fiddling with it everytime we came back in. Don't miss the bike as such but miss the sound of the flat slides with no bloody ECU & electrics to go wrong.

As for me at the moment my TT compadre has retired.

Pa Gill Racing Statement:
It is with sadness that we announce that Pa Gill has decided to retire from competitive racing for the foreseeable future. It has been a road of ups and downs with great friends and supporters made along the way without which none of this would be possible. As you all know the cost both financially and time to race at TT level is massive and puts a huge strain on all involved. That is not to say that it hasn't been worth it. Not everyone can look back and say they finished a TT so the dream was realised.
Again the supporters were a huge part if what was achieved.
Absol Engineering, Q8 Oils, Atlantic Projects Co., Bushy's Breweries, Hi-Level Cleaning, Leonard's Motors, Fine Signs, Larry Browne Fire Extinguishers, Ferrovac Vacuums GMBH, K-Fitt, BSS Sandblasting, The Rovers Return, Dal Riada, Alex, Mick Donovan, Eimear and Phil, Terry and Denise, Peter Farrelly, Alan Langton, Steven OFarrell, Lento & Julie, Nicole Lynch, Marc Maier, Charlie Browne, Kim Middleton, Mick Hill, Pa Shinney, Mike Smiley OLoughlin, Sam Wright, Dave Tormey, Damien Faye, Paul Greaney Motorcycles, Chris Creavey, Tommy Kirwan,
All the photographers:
Ryan Fegan, Barry Clay , John Manclark, Pit Lane Photography, Apex Photos, Orrie, Andy Quinn.
And the writers and magazines: Emerald Road Racing, Aidan @ Irish Road Racing, Keiran Coleman.
And of course the Legend that is Mr Aidan Browne who was brave enough to passenger.
If we have left anyone out I am sorry it's a big list!
As you can imagine this had been a difficult decision and this will leave a huge hole in all our lives which in time will, I'm sure be filled with some other wheeled, engined machine. So keep in touch for the next chapter.
To all the sidecar nuts, see ya at the dance!
Peace out Pa and Ailse


So there is one state of the art F2 race bike for sale. Even a big orange truck should you fancy it.

As PJ has said above call around to any of the lads in the paddock and they will answer any questions I'll be at the Sunflower with Terry O'Reilly filling in for Clive all going well.
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Old 6th October 2014, 10:18 PM
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We had two sidecars out at the Cotter Motorcycles trackday last Monday in Mondello offering spins out on track. We got a load of people on to try it out, and every one of them came off the bike smiling. We also had an outfit at the previous Cotter Motorcycles trackday that was run earlier in the year. The training day is coming up in March for anyone who would like to consider being a passenger for next year, get in contact with the club and we can try and sort something out for you. We also hope to be out with Cotter Motorcycles again next year for any trackdays they might be running, so keep an eye out for those.
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Originally Posted by ab_irl
From talking to people in the paddock and online there seems to be a real interest in people wanting to have at least a go on sidecars which is great.

I think what would be the job to organise would be a session maybe at one of Mondello's track days and get some of the lads to bring along a few bikes. Then to be on hand to instruct people how to ride and how to passenger. Then lads can make up their own mind what they would like to do. It would have to be a session booked so everyone would have to pony up a few quid to book the time on track. There is an open day in March but it's normally used as a testing day for lads who have been working on the outfits over the winter. The season is nearly over now bar the sunflower at the end of the month so after that it would be a good time to have a rattle. The good thing about sidecars is rain or shine there's lot's of fun to be had(sometimes more in the wet), so winter month track session no problem. Also if anyone is interested they have the winter to get together a few bob maybe do a bit with the bike and be ready for the start of the season.

The 2nd thing that needs to be done is an inventory of sidecars that are for sale and I can do this easily with a ring around but I'll get in touch with the Sidecar club and maybe they will do a call to members to list the bikes then at least lads can get an idea what's out there and how much can be spent. Because you can spend from a couple of grand to 5 digit figures on a bike depending where and what you want to do. I still remember the first time racing on an old GSXR 1200 bored to the last, fiddling with it everytime we came back in. Don't miss the bike as such but miss the sound of the flat slides with no bloody ECU & electrics to go wrong.

As for me at the moment my TT compadre has retired.



So there is one state of the art F2 race bike for sale. Even a big orange truck should you fancy it.

As PJ has said above call around to any of the lads in the paddock and they will answer any questions I'll be at the Sunflower with Terry O'Reilly filling in for Clive all going well.
pity to hear he is retiring , hopefully something turns up .
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Old 7th October 2014, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ab_irl
From talking to people in the paddock and online there seems to be a real interest in people wanting to have at least a go on sidecars which is great.

I think what would be the job to organise would be a session maybe at one of Mondello's track days and get some of the lads to bring along a few bikes. Then to be on hand to instruct people how to ride and how to passenger. Then lads can make up their own mind what they would like to do. It would have to be a session booked so everyone would have to pony up a few quid to book the time on track. There is an open day in March but it's normally used as a testing day for lads who have been working on the outfits over the winter. The season is nearly over now bar the sunflower at the end of the month so after that it would be a good time to have a rattle. The good thing about sidecars is rain or shine there's lot's of fun to be had(sometimes more in the wet), so winter month track session no problem. Also if anyone is interested they have the winter to get together a few bob maybe do a bit with the bike and be ready for the start of the season.

The 2nd thing that needs to be done is an inventory of sidecars that are for sale and I can do this easily with a ring around but I'll get in touch with the Sidecar club and maybe they will do a call to members to list the bikes then at least lads can get an idea what's out there and how much can be spent. Because you can spend from a couple of grand to 5 digit figures on a bike depending where and what you want to do. I still remember the first time racing on an old GSXR 1200 bored to the last, fiddling with it everytime we came back in. Don't miss the bike as such but miss the sound of the flat slides with no bloody ECU & electrics to go wrong.

As for me at the moment my TT compadre has retired.



So there is one state of the art F2 race bike for sale. Even a big orange truck should you fancy it.

As PJ has said above call around to any of the lads in the paddock and they will answer any questions I'll be at the Sunflower with Terry O'Reilly filling in for Clive all going well.
Ya the likes of track time for people to try out bikes sounds good if people were willing to let novices near their pride n joy!! I would definitely be up for this as i am sure loads more would be Good way for complete novices like me to see are they cut out for the sidecar thing or if they don't have the neck for it
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I love it !!!

I love the way you see the bike in your culture !!

The bike is not as steeped in our lives

Great !
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Originally Posted by Pipz
We had two sidecars out at the Cotter Motorcycles trackday last Monday in Mondello offering spins out on track. We got a load of people on to try it out, and every one of them came off the bike smiling. We also had an outfit at the previous Cotter Motorcycles trackday that was run earlier in the year. The training day is coming up in March for anyone who would like to consider being a passenger for next year, get in contact with the club and we can try and sort something out for you. We also hope to be out with Cotter Motorcycles again next year for any trackdays they might be running, so keep an eye out for those.
Would passengers be better off small and agile (for straight line speed) or big and heavy to keep the 3rd wheel down on those things to carry more corner speed ?
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Old 10th February 2015, 08:16 AM
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Would passengers be better off small and agile (for straight line speed) or big and heavy to keep the 3rd wheel down on those things to carry more corner speed ?
All shapes and sizes, Sean Hegartys passanger , Jamie Neave , is about 6' 5, british champs and are doing the TT this year. Dont need to be heavy to keep wheel down, you'll know if yoor not sitting out far enough when it flips over. Being smaller deffinatly has its advantages, tucked down out of the wind in a straight line, if your sticking up your slowing the bike.
Being agile helps alot, first chicane at bishopscourt can be a cunt, need to move quick !
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Old 10th February 2015, 10:51 AM
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Pa is actually competing at this year's TT, the retirement didn't last long.

He is however looking for a passenger as his regular passenger (hostage) had agreed to partner someone else.
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