Armec Sidewinder Leaner Sidecar Owner – Living the Dream

Armec Sidewinder Leaner Sidecar


Bike Make/Model

1999 BMW R1100GS

Make/Model and Details of Sidecar Tub – Fibreglass, Aluminum (aluminium) Wrapped, Steel Sheet Wrapped etc

Fibreglass Armec Sidewinder, weighs about 150 pounds (68 kg), it is quite light. Owned since 2002.

Sidecar Tub Design – Tandem/Single

Single Passenger

Sidecar Frame Type and Measurements – (Square/Round Tubing, Aluminium/Steel)

Powder Coated Round Tubing

Rear Mount Ground Clearance Measurement

Rear Pivot Mount is 6.75 inches from the floor to the center of the bolt.


Leaner Sidecar Pivot Measurements

Front Mount Ground Clearance Measurement

Front Pivot Mount is 10 inches from the floor to the center of the bolt.


Leaner Sidecar Pivot Measurements

Front Pivot Mount from a different angle


Leaner Sidecar Pivot Measurements


Motorcycle Sub-chassis Details (Square/Round Steel Tubing, Aluminum etc) and Attachment to Motorcycle (High Tensile steel, lock nuts etc)

Total Width of Combination Lean-in

Track width: 127 cm

Total Width of Combination Lean-out

Track width: 127 cm

Distance Between Sidecar and Bike

Sidecar Tire (tyre) Speed, Weight Rating

165/60 R 13 Tires

Sidecar Rim Details, Diameter, Rim Width etc

13 ” Aluminum Rim

Suspension Type (Shock Absorber/Swing arm/Torsion) on Sidecar Wheel

Sidecar suspension progressive acting via aluminum lever, infinitely adjustable

Pivot Attachment to Motorcycle, (Rose Bush, Heim Joint, Rod End etc)

Sidecar Brake Details (if fitted), Drum/Disc, Plumbed to Motorcycle Rear or Front Brake Cylinder

Sidecar wheel hydraulically braked

Modifications/Adjustments During the Build

Not Applicable – Factory Made

Photos of the End Product

The Family – 2003


Armec Sidewinder Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar

Photo taken by photographer James Ferry in 2003

10 Years Later – Still Living the Dream

Same family, same Armec Sidewinder, but how the children have grown up.


Armec Sidewinder Leaner Sidecar

“2013 photo, 10 years later. Now 2018, we still have both bikes and rig, and have added a 2016 BMW R1200RS that my wife now rides, and a 2011 BMW K1300S that I ride as my primary.

Our oldest daughter has her motorcycle license, but we are waiting until she is done with college before she gets a bike. Our other daughter, will get her bike license when she feels ready.

My top bucket list goal is to ride across the USA with all of my girls, each on their own machine.” Cheers! Edwards

Thank you Edwards for sharing your story and photos with Haul N Ride. I am honored to have the opportunity to meet a Leaner Sidecar owner willing to share with our visitors.

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