Tory’s 1978 Goldwing GL1000 Leaner Sidecar


Bike Make/Model

1978 Goldwing GL1000

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

It currently has a rigid Spirit of America Eagle.

Sidecar Tub Design – Tandem/Single


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

Great site thank you. I am researching and wanting to turn my  Goldwing into a leaner.

Has anyone here used an early Goldwing that can share information and pictures of the subframe design? Tory

Front/Rear Mount Measurements

Is there a preferred height difference between front and rear mounts  that is found to work best?

I read here some as little as 1″ some closer to 4″

Wheel Lead

Also wondering about the lead distance of sidecar wheel to bike rear wheel. Should that be less with a leaner compared to rigid?

Rear Mount Ground Clearance Measurement

Unsure at this stage of the build

Front Mount Ground Clearance Measurement

Unsure at this stage of the build

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

I am trying engineer the subframe in my head before designing and think the best route will be to have a header made moving exhaust all to left side giving more room for lean.

Total Width of Combination Lean-in

Project at Design Stage

Total Width of Combination Lean-out

Project at Design Stage

Distance Between Sidecar and Bike

Project at Design Stage

Sidecar Tire (tyre) Speed, Weight Rating

Project at Design Stage

Sidecar Rim Details, Diameter, Rim Width etc

Project at Design Stage

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

Project at Design Stage

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

Project at Design Stage

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

Project at Design Stage

Modifications/Adjustments During the Build

I attached a few photos. One as I brought the bike home.

It had been in storage for several years and I will be going through it.

GL1000 Eagle Leaner Sidecar
GL1000 Eagle Leaner Sidecar

Other pics are after all the vetter was stripped off, and one in it’s current state of disassembly.

GL1000 Eagle Leaner Sidecar
GL1000 Eagle Leaner Sidecar

Thanks again for the great site. Tory


If you can help Tory with his inquiry, sharing any information or pictures of your :

subframe design

wheel lead measurements

and height difference on front and rear mount points

on a Goldwing,

please comment below and if you have photos and measurements you may email Haul N Ride so I can add to this page. Thank you Dave

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