Watsonian have launched two new sidecars with one for the Triumph Bonneville and another for the Vespa GTS 250 and 300 scooters.
The Watsonian Meriden is designed to fit and suit the Triumph Bonneville from 2000-2015. It comes with a choice either a 19″ wheel with stainless steel spokes or a 17″ cast alloy to match your motorcycle. The front and rear lights also echo the design of the Triumph fittings, along with a similarly-styled mudguard. The Meriden cockpit is 46cm wide, with 135cm leg room, and a 58 x 40 x 40cm lockable boot. It adds 90kg of weight to make the complete outfit. Depending on the exact specification the Meriden costs £5795.
The Watsonian Zanzara has the Italian name for the mosquito, a reference to the sidecar shell based on the reserve fuel tanks from the Mosquito aircraft, and suitable given it partners the Vespa, which is Italian for wasp.
It’s a version of the lightweight Meteor sidecar with a special chassis and sub-frame to attached to the pressed steel frame of the Vespa GTS 250 and 300 models. The mudguard has a deeply valenced Classic shape from 1955, along with the retro fold-down aero screen. Tilting seats give access to storage space behind, and it weights around 65kg.
Both sidecars have glass-fibre body shells which come in a wide range of gel-coat colours. Or you can also order a painting service to match the outfit to your motorcycle. The chassis are welded and powder-coated tubular steel, and they come with hydraulic suspension as standard. Prices are available depending on specification, but as a guide the Zanzara is around £3995.
Watsonian Squire was originally founded by Thomas Fredrick Watson as the Patent Collapsible Sidecar Company Ltd in Birmingham in 1912. It’s now based in Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.