The community of riders seemed a natural situation for the McCracken family. The
old photo albums are chock full of snaps showing the various family members enjoying the excitement of being in
the wind. Some members choose flat track racing just to be way out there! Aside from the motorcycles and family
ties of these photos; there is an obvious common element in every shot, the subjects are showing that broad
smile we all know and understand.
Sidecars were always a part of the scene, allowing non-riders to enjoy the fun too. Like a little brother or sister,
they were fun but not always convenient, and their occupants were not always the most comfortable of passengers.
It didn't take long before the ladies took hold of the handlebars and established themselves as true 'Riders' among
the family circle. But the need for the sidecars never diminished. There was always a friend or relative that wanted
to come along that didn't have the ability to handle their own bike. The sidecar remains a practical alternative for
As riders, we become part of the photo; sharing the knowledge that forty, fifty, even seventy years ago, those riders
enjoyed the wind and the sun just as we do today! Riding is timeless. . .
With this in mind, it is no surprise the Doug and LouAnn are a pair of 'Riders' in the true sense, each with their
own scoot. The surprise lies in how LuAnn came to claim the seat of a very nifty Harley-Davidson trike as hers.
The modern family photos show a variety of H-D rides with LouAnn seated at the rear of the bike, holding on to life
and her husband, as hundreds of thousands of other spouses have for at least four generations. She wanted to be a
bit more comfortable. Doug wanted her to enjoy the experience a bit more. So Doug purchased a new sidecar for them
to enjoy life flying around the country on three wheels.
That first sidecar installation proved to be a turning point. Doug found his mechanical abilities well suited to
installation and custom fabrication. After they saw what is now commonly known as a 'Trike', LouAnn realized she
too wanted to grab those handles and control the ride herself. The sidecar was set aside and Doug began learning
about trike conversions. First impression was, that many of them are "just junk" and a buyer must insist
upon quality workmanship throughout the conversion process. The installer along with the materials must be 'first
class' or the result will be 'second rate'.
What evolved next was A Wing And A Chair, a fab shop that revolves around the love of motorcycles and the deft skills
of Doug McCracken. It may not be obvious, but 'A Wing' refers to the logical first half of any sidecar or trike
conversion - the Honda Goldwing series of touring motorcycles. 'A Chair' is the second half of the conversion, either a
sidecar mounted to the right of the two wheel unit or the very comfortable passenger seat found over the rear axle
of the tricycle conversion.
Although your motorcycle heritage may not be as deep as the McCracken family, you can still enjoy the fun and comfort
of a trike conversion or the pure thrill of a sidecar by calling Doug or LouAnn at 704-753-4475. Click
for directions and see a detailed map.