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Ironhead Sidecar Racing - "Kneeler"

Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon from the Netherlands form a fascinating Historic Sidecar Racing Team. They have two Classic Ironhead Sidecar Racing Bikes, a "seater" and a "kneeler", both powered by Harley Sportster Ironhead Engines.

Click HERE to view the webpage we dedicated to Richard and Kim's Ironhead sidecar "seater". On this page we show you the pictures they made available of their Ironhead sidecar "kneeler".

The Harley Ironhead Sidecar "Kneeler" Frame

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon. Richard and Kim's current "kneeler" Ironhead racing bike, which went through quite a bit of development over the years. The frame was built by Kobus Bouwman. This type of frame is called a "kneeler": to reduce drag the driver actually rides the bike sitting on his knees.

The Harley Ironhead Engines

Photo of 1972 Ironhead engine for sidecar racing bike by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon. Richard and Kim's sidecar racing team has a total of four Harley Davidson 1000cc Ironhead engines available to power their sidecar racing bikes. The oldest was made in 1972, the youngest came out of a 1984 Sportster. HD specialist Daan Smallenburg helps the team by tuning these ironhead motors.

Photo of 1972 IronHead engine in sidecar racing bike by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon.

Dutch Ironhead Sidecar Racing Team "Kneeler" in Action

Richard and Kim race their Ironhead sidecar bikes in historic bike races in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK.

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 Ironhead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon. I like this picture, it not only shows us how incredibly low the "kneeler" bike sits to the ground, it also shows the tension before the start...

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 Ironhead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon. And look at them go!

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon.

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon.

Watch this movie showing Richard and Kim racing their sleek kneeler-type Ironhead Sidecar Bike over country road circuits:

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon.

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon.

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon. Many of the historic bike races are held on ordinary street circuits, like here in Barneveld, the Netherlands.

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon.

Photo of Sidecar racing bike with 1972 IronHead engine by Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon. Relief !!!

Photo of Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon - Dutch Ironhead Sidecar Racing Team. And victory !!!
Richard Pouwels and Kim van Loon - Dutch Ironhead Sidecar Racing Team.

June 2008

For more information on this Dutch Ironhead Sidecar Racing Team go to:

Weblog of the Dutch Classic Sidecar Racing Team

(In Dutch, with great pictures!)


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