Originally Posted by anomad
Moving to the DC metro area...
A hack would be great...they seem to hold their value well...
DC is actualy a good base for some nice riding. For example, last spring, I spent a long weekend with my brother riding around in the mountain range on Virginia - West Virginia border (northern section, south of PA and north of I-64). The riding was excellent, nice twisty sideroads crossing the passes, not too much traffic, very enjoyable. Reasonable speed limits in WV. Something for you to check out, especially in order to avoid the overrated tourist traps of Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway (unless, of course, you do not mind traveling in sightseeing convoys creeping along heavily policed 35-40mph road).
Regarding sidecars: you are right, these seem to be extraordinarily expensive. A few months ago, I have been toying with that idea myself, but what I found out in terms of prices, shook me up.