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Motorcycle Leaner Flexible Parallel Sidecars – Homemade Projects

Leaner Sidecar

Leaner, Parallel and Flexible Sidecar Projects


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Flexible and Leaner Sidecars

Below we will browse through both current and completed projects that riders have been kind enough to share. If you would like to understand the difference between a Leaner, Flexible, Parallelogram and Rigid Sidecar Combinations and the Pros and Cons of each design, feel free to visit the following links:

Rigid Sidecars (Hacks) – Neither the Bike or Sidecar Leans

Parallel Sidecar Combination – Sidecar Wheel and Motorcycle Lean – Passenger Doesn’t

Flexible Sidecar Combination – Both the Bike and Sidecar Lean

Leaner Sidecar Combination – Bike Leans and Sidecar Doesn’t

Completed Projects

 

Reinier’s Home Made Leaner Sidecar Projects & Demonstration


From a 1983 GSX1100 Leaner Prototype to a 1988 BMW K100RS with a 968 Polish Junak sidecar tub. Reinier made the frame himself. The sidecar wheel and axle is from a BMW K100.

 

Click Image to see more…1983 GSX1100 Leaner Sidecar

1988 BMW K100RS - Junak Tub Leaner Sidecar

Paul’s Kawasaki ZZR600 Leaner Sidecar


“In the photo of the bike leaning out I don’t think I would lean out that far when cornering (but it would come close to it) and even if I’m trying to I have never hit the car with the bike on a left hand corner. I wouldn’t want the car any closer to the bike, it seems about right.” Paul

 

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Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar Projects

René Moto Guzzi California 1100 EV Leaner Sidecar


Follow René as he moves a Leaner Sidecar from a BMW to a Moto Guzzi

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Leaner Sidecar Nesville

Velorex Leaner Sidecar

Immaculate 1100 BMW with ARMEC Leaner Sidecar


The Armec Sidecar design is a hybrid between a Rigid and Flexible Sidecar, where the towing motorcycle leans but the sidecar does not.

 

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BMW Armec Leaner sidecar

BMW Armec Leaner sidecar

Edwards Armec Sidewinder Leaner Sidecar – Living the Dream


The Same Owners of an Armec Sidewinder for 10 years.

 

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Armec Sidewinder Leaner Sidecar

John’s Leaner Sidecar Combination – Homemade Project


Triumph Rocket meets Spirit Eagle – Follow John as he shares his Leaner project.

 

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1975 Spirit Eagle Leaner Side Car with 2011 Triumph Rocket

All Terrain Leaner Sidecars


Leaner Sidecars do not only belong on the road. “All Terrain” leaner sidecar combinations can carry fuel (gas) and supplies off-road.

Off Road Leaner Motorcycle Combination

Fuel (Gas) Cargo Leaner Sidecar


Pete-NZ’s Off Road Leaner Sidecar to carry extra fuel.

 

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Off Road Leaner Sidecar FuelMotorcycle Leaner Sidecar ProjectsSource: Click Here

Hiho Roadliner Leaner Sidecar Combination


“I built my first leaner twelve months ago and attached it to a Yamaha XJR1300. It was quite successful and we did some 10k with it ranging from track use to touring.”

 

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Leaner Sidecar

Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar Projects

 

See More of Hiho creating a Bellagio Leaner Sidecar: Click Here

 

 

 

 

Projects – Under Construction

Tom’s Sunbeam Leaner Sidecar – Project Under Construction


“I can get about 45 degree lean, which on a Sunbeam is quite daring, even whilst riding solo. Trying to keep the weight under 50kg finished.” Tom

 

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Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar Project

Terry’s Ariel Plunger Leaner Sidecar – Project Under Construction


“I am looking at designing and building my own tilting sidecar attached to a special I am building that has two JAP 600cc SV engines set in tandem in a stretched Ariel Plunger frame.” Terry

 

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Leaner Sidecar Ariel Plunger

Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar Projects

Josh’s 2009 Yamaha Raider Leaner Sidecar Combination – Project Under Construction


Discussion on Ground Clearance, Exhaust Clearance and Weight issues.

 

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2009 Yamaha Raider Leaner Sidecar Attachment

Larry’s BMW R1200C – Leaner Sidecar – Project Under Construction


It’s wedge shaped fibreglass, very low in the front and looks like it will have great clearance for a leaner.

 

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larry-leaner-sidecar

Tory’s 1978 Goldwing GL1000 Leaner Sidecar – Project Under Construction


Tory is interested if anyone has used an early Goldwing that can share information and pictures of the subframe design and shares photos of his project.

 

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1978 Goldwing GL1000 Leaner Sidecar

 

Red’s ’84 Harley Leaner Sidecar – Project Under Construction


I’m planning on mounting it to an ’84 FLTC Harley. Click Image to see more …

 

Motorcycle Leaner Sidecar Under Construction

Tow Bar Rear Mount – Discussion


I was wondering what Haul N Ride readers think of using the tow hitch for a rear mount motorcycle attachment for a Leaner Sidecar.

Option 1. A Tow Ball could provide a great mounting point for bikes with an exhaust clearance issue.

If you would like the sidecar rear mount inline with the centre line of the bike, a swivel hitch attached to the tow ball would allow perfect exhaust clearance during lean.

Using Option 1, the tow ball, could help in countries where sidecar attachment is on the same side as the exhaust, and leaning towards the tub is limited by the location of the exhaust pipes.

My thought is that the tow ball will rise over the speed hump or kerb lifting the sidecar rear mount. Whereas the rear mount located underneath the motorcycle belly will scrape on the obstacle.

Option 2. Mount Off-centre and attach to the Tow Hitch.

John’s Leaner is an example of the sidecar Front and Rear Mounts, mounted off-centre to the centre line of the motorcycle.

John’s Leaner Sidecar Combination – Homemade Project

Notice in the photo of my Honda Shadow below, the Tow Hitch would provide a great Rear Mount Attachment location below the exhaust (off centre of the centre line of the bike).

Erde Motorcycle Trailer
Honda Shadow Erdie Trailer

Here are the Ground Clearance Measurements of the Honda Shadow Tow Hitch Square Tubing to demonstrate my example.

120 mm (4.72″)

Motorcycle Tow Hitch Ground Clearance

Motorcycle Tow Hitch Ground Clearance

Please comment below with your opinion on Option 1. Tow Ball Swivel and Option 2. Tow Hitch Off-centre Attachment. Dave

 

What Ground Clearance would be considered the minimum clearance before making contact with Kerbs (Curbs) and Speed Humps?


Ground Clearance of my Rigid Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar FJ1200 is a great example.

My Rigid Sidecar has a low ground clearance due to the rusty motorcycle exhaust.

The exhaust does scrape on some speed bumps and Kerbs (Curbs) so here are the measurements as a guide.

FJ1200 Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar

100 mm (3.93″) Ground Clearance to Rusty Exhaust

Motorcycle Sidecar Ground Clearance

 

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Anyone Out There with a Leaner Sidecar Scooter Combo?


Hi, love the idea of leaning sidecar just wondering if ever done one on a scooter like Sym Fiddle 3- 169cc engine less power but easier to ride around town. Jaime

If any of our readers can help Jaime, please comment below…

First Time Riding a Leaner – Video


If you own a Leaner, do you agree with the comment in the following video, that leaning away from the sidecar feels more unstable than leaning toward the sidecar?

 

Polish Matt – Home Made Mini Leaner Sidecar Project for Honda VF 700S Sabre


Matt has produced a very detailed video of his Leaner Sidecar Build with some advice on things to avoid and great inventions such as a Sliding Front Mount Tube for Tow-in adjustment. Great video Matt

Share Your Project


Submit Your Leaner, Flexible or Parallelogram Sidecar Project with Haul N Ride

 

Email photos and descriptions to:

contact@haulnride.com or comment below. Other builders would love to see your project. 🙂

It would be nice to collect specs of your designs


Here are some ideas.

Specs:

  • Rear mount ground clearance measurement
  • Front Mount Ground Clearance measurement
  • Bike make/model
  • Make/Model of Sidecar Tub
  • Tandem or Single Tub
  • Total Width of Combination lean in
  • Total Width of Combination lean out
  • Distance between sidecar and bike
  • Sidecar Tire (tyre) Speed, Weight Rating
  • Sidecar Rim details, diameter, rim width
  • Shock Absorber/Swing arm type on sidecar wheel
  • Frame type, eg square/round tubing, fibreglass tub, aluminum (aluminium) frame, steel sheet wrapped etc
  • Pivot Attachment to Motorcycle, (bush, heim joint etc):
  • Motorcycle Sub-chassis details (Square/Round Steel Tubing, Aluminum etc) and attachment to motorcycle (High Tensile steel, lock nuts etc):
  • Sidecar brake details if fitted, drum/disc, plumbed to motorcycle rear or front brake cylinder

What is it like to own a Leaner:

  • What is it like to ride a leaner in comparison to a rigid sidecar combo?
  • What is it like to ride a leaner in comparison to a solo bike?
  • Does the sidecar try to overtake your bike when slowing down with a passenger?
  • Does it fall behind you if you accelerate fast?
  • Do you need to adjust the tow-in when changing from passenger to empty?
  • Do you remove the leaner and ride as a solo?
  • Have you removed an indicator from the rear of the motorcycle to avoid confusion for other road users?

The more information, photos and drawings we collect, the better we can help other builders with their project and design.

Visit the following link to discover Manufacturers of Leaner Sidecars and Construction Details:


Leaner Sidecar Combination – Bike Leans and Sidecar Doesn’t

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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14 thoughts on “Motorcycle Leaner Flexible Parallel Sidecars – Homemade Projects

  1. Hi Dave,
    Starting my first leaner project. I have an R1200C BMW and an old sidecar
    I found on a marketplace site. I have no Idea what I purchased. I haven’t
    been able to find any information anywhere. it’s wedge shaped, very low in the front and looks like it will have great clearance for a leaner. I don’t see a place to insert a picture on here but I e-mailed you one. I sure would like to find out
    what I purchased.
    Thanks Larry Shaw

    1. Hi Larry,
      I will be happy to add your photo to this page to enable someone that may be able to identify it for you.
      As you build your leaner project, I encourage you to email the details and photos so we can share the journey with you.
      Have a great day. Dave

  2. Great site thank you. I am researching and wanting to turn my 1978 Goldwing GL1000 into a leaner. Has anyone here used an early Goldwing that can share information and pictures of the subframe design?

    1. Hi Tory, Goldwing should be a great project as they are tall and should provide better clearance between the handlebars and tub. Good luck, hopefully someone visiting Haul N Ride, has some pics for you. I look forward to you providing Haul N ride pics of your bike as you build your project 🙂

      Have a great day. Dave

  3. I am in the design stage of a “leaner” … currently working on the suspension …

    I need to know what everyone has been using for a spring loaded shock … recommendations for travel … weight load etc.

    Thanks for your input … Red

    1. Hi Red,
      It seems the majority of sidecars use a swingarm with a shocky suspension.
      The other option used is torsion independent suspension.
      Hopefully other builders will comment and help you find the information you require.
      Here are some ideas that may help.

      A visit to the following site will provide 4 pages of homemade examples.
      https://advrider.com/f/threads/show-us-your-sidecar-suspensions.1212216/

      Velorex sidecars: The fat 20mm (13/16″) axle is supported by an adjustable hydraulic shock absorber mounted on a swing-arm for smooth and comfortable riding.
      http://www.warkshop.com/velorex.html

      Watsonian Squire sidecars: It sits on a tubular steel chassis, which is uprated from the 1940’s design with addition of a shock-absorber and 16″ wheel.
      http://www.warkshop.com/WATSONIANSQUIRESIDECARS.htm

      Trans Moto Sidecars: use a gas shock
      http://www.warkshop.com/TRANS-MOTOSIDECARSEnterTitle.htm

      Cozy Sidecar Shock: https://www.cyclesidecar.com/store/cozy-sidecar-shock

      DMC Sidecars: Full Swing Arm Suspension with a Hagon shock
      http://www.dmcsidecars.com/sidecars/sidecar-frame/

      Steve’s Workshop: Scroll down to suspension. http://www.steves-workshop.co.uk/vehicles/bmw/sidecar/design/sidecardesign.html

      Ural Sidecars: Rear suspension: Double sided swinging arm with gas shock absorbers
      Sidecar suspension: Single sided swinging arm with gas shock absorbers
      https://www.bikesales.com.au/editorial/details/2018-ural-ranger-review-116145/

      https://www.bertrandcadart.com.au/client-assets/news_images/oz-bike-406-p37.pdf

      Good luck and thanks for visiting Haul N Ride.

      Ride Safe, Dave

  4. Hi,

    I have just come across your site and the explanation on leaner sidecars is great!
    I would like to show my leaner project based on a Velorex sidecar for my Moto Guzzi California 1100 Ev. I could explain the issues I encountered, and provide some pictures.

    1. Hi René,I would be delighted to create a post on Haul N Ride outlining your Leaner Sidecar Project.
      If you would like to write a story of your build, sharing the issues you encountered and some photos, please send to contact@haulnride.com
      Thank you for your willingness to share your journey with other motorcycle enthusiasts, we look forward to learning more about your ride and be encouraged how you overcame obstacles along the way.
      Ride Safe
      Dave

      1. Hi,

        I’m sending some info on my Velorex with custom chassis on California
        It all started with a second-hand Velorex sidecar.
        This had a standard chassis, which did not have required strength and stability for the heavy Guzzi.
        I ended up replacing the standard chassis with new tubular frame, but kept the suspension, axl and wheel. I also kept the lamps and wiring. My dad and myself created a subchassis for the guzzi. This chassis is mounted using the central stand mounting points and the engine mounting points. The guzzi has a strong Tonti chassis to allow all this extra load without issues. This sub-chassis provides 2 centered pivots, which allows the bike to pivot independently from the sidecar.
        However, the lean angle was very limited because of 2 factors: the low exhaust pipe at the right hand and the 18 inch Harley wheel and tire, lifting the sidecar.
        I also noticed some interference between the bike’s handlebars and the sidecar’s windshield when leaning to the right….

        At some point I decided to revert to the classic 4-point sidecar, by adding clamps and 2 extra bars.
        However, this requires driving skills which are completely different than riding a motorcycle. For example, pushing on the right handlebar makes the motorcycle turn right, but makes a sidecar turn left…

        At first I enjoyed the learning process.
        And I enjoyed some nice little trips with my wife and the dog.
        Speed signs were always respected, since the combination could only turn slowly 😉
        What frightened me, was the emergency stop: the sidecar pushes the bike to turn to the left, so you may end up on the wrong side of the road…
        After a few more dangerous situations on the road, I sold the sidecar ….to buy another sidecar!
        You can read more about it elsewhere in this site 😉

    2. Thanks for sharing your project with Haul N Ride René.
      https://www.haulnride.com/moto-guzzi-california-1100-ev-leaner-sidecar-project
      Ride Safe!
      Dave

  5. Hi Dave,
    I’ve been reading your page with a lot of interest. Thanks!
    I’ve build my first leaner sidecar 6 years ago after reading about it. I’d never seen a leaner sidecar in real life at that time but that didn’t stop me.
    At first I build a prototype attached to an old Suzi GSX1100 from ’83. This was a very rough build but it served my purpose; I learned a lot on how to build my next one.
    I’ve attached the second build to my BMW K100rs from “88. The tub is a Polish Junak tub. The total weight is under 60 kg.
    The combination is proving to be very reliable and an absolute joy to ride. I’m riding it a lot together with my daughters and they love it.
    I’ve made a small build topic on ADVrider with a little bit more info (https://advrider.com/f/threads/homebuild-leaning-sidecar.836987/ ), if you are interested in posting my hack on your site, you are very welcome to do so. I’ve got a lot of pictures and I like to discuss with other leaner owners.
    Best regards from the Netherlands

    Reinier Smallegange

    1. Hi Reinier,
      Thank you for visiting Haul N Ride and providing your comment.
      I visited the ADVrider link you shared in your comment and love your creativity.

      How clever that you used the Citreon swingarm and Suzuki shocky from spare parts in your garage.
      However, the square tubing swingarm looks a lot neater and simpler.

      With the front mount connected higher on the bike, as the bike leans, it will naturally steer the sidecar instead of scrub the tire.
      Question: Is this what you have found?

      Apart from the ships boulder bending the sidecar frame, have you had any clearance issues?
      Question: What is the clearance between your frame and the road?

      Relocating the swingarm seems to have put the sidecar wheel hub further to the rear and improved the right turns.
      Question: Could you share with our readers the “Wheel Lead”? (distance between motorcycle rear axle and Sidecar hub center).

      Question: Could you please let us know the total width of the combination without lean and total width on full lean?

      Under 60 kgs is a great sidecar for a leaner combination, so light.

      We welcome you email photos and explanations of you build to contact@haulnride.com

      Many visitors to Haul N Ride would love to read about your journey and benefit from your story.
      Feel free to send as many emails and photos as you would like to share with explanations of the photos.

      We can’t wait to hear more from you.

      Wow, not only are you a good welder, I am very impressed with your upholstery skills, you did a wonderful job creating the sidecar seat.
      I look forward to your story and photos.
      Have a great day. Dave

      1. Hi Dave,
        I made a small movie that shows how easy it is to ride my leaner:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLbPK-Rvox0

      2. Hi Reinier, thank you so much for sharing your well designed Leaner Sidecar Combination.

        You placed the camera in just the right places for demonstration, awesome job 🙂

        I will add the video above to make it more visible to Haul N Ride visitors. Have an awesome day. Dave

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