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Engineer Workshop – Conversion Kits, Fitting Guides & Manuals

Sidecar Universal Mounting Kit

Welcome to the Haul N Ride Workshop


Every project will come across problems to solve. This page is a collection of solutions to assist in the attachment of sidecars and sourcing Sidecar Mounting Kits, manuals and parts.

Here you will find Engineering Workshop Manuals – Universal Mounting Kits – Steering Dampers and much more.

Methods of Attachment – Sidecar Motorcycle Combinations


Sidecar Combinations

Rigid Hack Combination

Parallelogram Sidecar Combination

Flexible Sidecar Combination

Leaner Sidecar Combination

Sidecar Attachment Fittings, Steering Dampers & Mounting Kits


Attaching a sidecar to a motorbike is not as simple as just bolting it onto the frame. You will need to learn about Lean-In, Tow-In and Steering Dampers.

It will also be necessary to learn basic sidecar safety and operation. If you are an experienced Solo motorcycle rider and have been riding on two wheels for a long time, then it is even more important to study the manuals and safety guides. You do not want to find yourself in a rear wheel lift situation.

Sidecar Rear Wheel Lift

Cycle Sidecar Attachment Guides & Resources

Cycle Sidecar is a comprehensive website that contains Installation Manuals, User Guides, Sidecar Driver training and Sidecar Safety.

Sidecar Attachment Guide

Visit Website for Detailed Intructions: Click Here

Simply Sidecars Fitting Guide and Riding Tips

Simply Sidecars website contains detailed information including Wheel Lead – Tow-in – Clamp Location – Lean-out, Camber and Electrical Connections.

Sidecar Frame Attachment Points

Visit Website for Detailed Instructions: Click Here

Leading Link Explained

Learn the difference between Trail and Rake and the benefits of replacing telescopic forks with a Leading Link front end. Leading Link – Power Steering for Sidecars and Trikes.

Motorcycle Sidecar Leading Link

Visit Website for Detailed Instructions: Click Here

Sidecar Installation & Alignment

Setting up a Sidecar Combination is very technical and requires a good understanding of fine adjustments and testing to enable the Outfit and Rig run straight and smoothly. Visit the Warkshop to learn from an experienced sidecar enthusiast.

Sidecar-Alignment

Visit Website for Detailed Instructions: Click Here

Sidecar Mounting Kits – Parts and Prices

That’s correct, This website contains parts prices and riding tips. Eyebolts – clamps – sliding mounts – universal mounting kits and much more. This website has it all.

Sidecar Mounting Kit

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SportMax Universal Sidecar Mounting Kits

Universal Sidecar Mounting Kits

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Inder Exports Universal Sidecar Mounting Kits

Purchase new and used sidecars and mounting kits.

Universal Sidecar Mounting Kit

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Cycle Sidecars

Fenders – Front Bumpers – Sidecar Tires – Tonneau Covers – Electrics – Shockies – Mounts – Mounting Struts – Seat belts. Find what you need.

Sidecar Mounting Kits and Parts

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DMC Sidecars

Universal and Specific Model Mounting Kits – Including Left Hand Mounts for Australia, UK, New Zealand and Japan.

Search for your motorbike model and select a mounting kit or you may use a Universal Mounting Kit.

Multiple Model Sidecar Mounts

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Steering Wobble


The Steering Damper Guide provides a cure to Wheel Wobble and the correct and safe installation.

Motorcycle Sidecar Wobble

Visit Website for Detailed Instructions: Click Here

Steering Dampers


My FJ1200A Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar Steering Damper Specs

A steering Damper is a small shock-absorber that connects from your motorcycle forks to the sidecar and provides a dampening effect when you hit a pot hole or bump. If this isn’t in place, the shock will be sent to the riders hands. To assist other sidecar enthusiasts, I have taken photos and measurements of my setup.

Extended Length 16.92 inches (430 mm)

Compressed Length 13 inches (330 mm)

Attachment to Leading Link

Sidecar Steering Damper

Attachment to Sidecar

Sidecar Steering Damper

Hard Lock Extended Damper

Sidecar Steering Damper

Hard Lock Compressed Damper 

VW Steering Damper Examples


Steering Dampers are necessary to be fitted between the sidecar and the motorcycle to minimize steering wobble. New replacement steering dampers for VW Volkswagen standard Beetle, Super Bug, and Combi Bus can make great steering dampers for a sidecar combination. I have placed a a few examples below.

VW Steering Damper Sidecar

Sidecar Steering Damper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW Bug Ghia Steering Damper Type 1 1966 thru 1977 113425021k

Sidecar Steering Damper

 

To learn more and current price for the VW Steering Damper: Visit eBay

 

 

 

VW T1 BEETLE BUG BUGGY SHOCK STEERING DAMPER 1963-1979 113425021L A927

Sidecar Steering Damper

 

To learn more and current price for the VW Steering Damper: Visit eBay

 

 

 

VW Golf MK2 2 Jetta Chrome Bonnet Hood Gas Lifter Lifts Dampers Struts Ram Stay

Sidecar Steering Damper

 

To learn more and current price for the VW Steering Damper: Visit eBay

 

 

 

Classic Sidecar Workshop

Harley Davidson WLA’s, Indian Chief, Scout 101, Four, ACE, Excelsior, the Henderson and various other vintage motorcycles.

Motorcycle Sidecar Boat

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Sidecar Mount Parts and Prices

Detailed Parts Lists of Parts and Prices of Spacers, Bushes, Clevis Tubes, Threaded Shanks and much more.

Sidecar Mount Clamps

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Sidecar Reverse Gear


When a Sidecar is added to a motorcycle, the rider will no longer be able to reverse the motorcycle as is the case with a solo motorbike. With a little creativity, there is a device that can be adapted to enable the sidecar to reverse the combination.

Visit Sidecar Reverse Gear to discover some clever solutions available to solve this common problem faced by all sidecar users: Click Here

Sidecar Trike Wheelchair Restraints – Safety & Suppliers


Crash Testing – Wheelchair Tie Down – Lashing Points – Docking Stations for Sidecars and Trikes

Sidecar Wheelchair Restraints

 

 

To learn more about wheelchair restraints and current price visit Ability Motorcycles Website: Click Here

 

 

 

 

Cruise Control

Slide On Cruise Assist Hand Rests


Cruise Control provides comfortable throttle control dramatically reducing wrist fatigue often caused by long rides.

Motorcycle Cruise Control

 

 

Take a look at a number of styles and designs to add Cruise Control and Throttle Assist to your ride: Click Here

 

 

 

 

If you have any suggestions or would like to share your sidecar project, add a comment below and then you might like to take a look at a safer method to attach a sidecar to a motorcycle. Click Here

Disclaimer: Videos and Manuals on the Haul N Ride website are guides only and we recommend you seek qualified engineers and instructors. Some videos were made in the USA, therefore the advice given will be relevant in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Japan, providing you remember that these countries ride on the Left Hand Side of the Road. Instructions given on this website are given as a guide only. Engineering, safety and legal advice should be sought before modifying a motorcycle.

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Haul N Ride website was created to explore Innovation and Human Creativity with a focus on Interesting, Rare and Unusual Motorcycles and Accessories. Haul N Ride welcomes the sharing of projects and ideas, creating an enjoyable and educational online resource. We like to hear from readers so please leave a comment below and let us know if this post helped you or if you have any questions.

Thank you for visiting Haul N Ride. Dave

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