I live in the north of Germany, close to the Danish border. I had found the ER-5 with its Velorex sidecar in Bremen, a mere three hours' ride away, and went to collect it just before Christmas. Not only was it raining, the temperature was close to 32°F. And although I had read all I could find about sidecars, I was not prepared for that ride. The bike/sidecar combination had no leading link on the front end, only an additional damper and strengthened shocks. When I steered right, the rig went to the left. When I tried to go straight, it went all over the road. It handled like a beast. I crept home on the autobahn at a humiliatingly low speed. By now I know that it needs constant pulling at the handlebars to just keep it in a straight line and some delicate work on the throttle, but at the time I was totally overtaxed and a definite hazard to all other traffic. Half way home I started to feel more confident and when cornering at a traffic light I had already totally forgotten that I had a sidecar attached which promptly hit the curb, took off and made us sail straight across the crossroads.