The French sidecar factory Side-Bike released the Renaissance sidecar in 1997 as its answer to the wave of large cruisers of that time. Originally, it was conceived to be married with the Valkyrie and 3 other bikes: Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide, Yamaha Royal Star and Moto-GuzziCalifornia.
Side-Bike produced a total of 73 Renaissance with estimated 30 – 50 sidecars married with the Valkyrie. Since Side-Bike stopped it’s sidecar production,
the Renaissance is no longer produced.
The Renaissance is a “one-and-a-half-seater”, providing enough space for 2 small sized persons or an adult and a child. A “real” Valkyrierider should better sit alone to feel the comfort of that sidecar. It comes as a convertible: Open, with canvas “half-doors”
or with a full-size convertible soft top.
The sidecar wheel is hydraulically steered from the bike’s front fork and the fender is moving freely with the wheel (Don’t touch while riding). It is equipped with a syncroforce break system, having two brake calipers, one being connected with the front brake cylinder of the bike and one with the rear brake cylinder. A 195/50R15 tyre at the rear, 165/60R14 at the front and 175/50R13 at the sidecar should keep enough rubber on the tarmac, but the Valkyrie’s torque and power become obvious on a wet road; move your right hand slowly
– or enjoy a controlled drift!