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Leaner Sidecar Combination – Bike Leans and Sidecar Doesn’t — 10 Comments

  1. These are some very interesting videos. At my first glance I thought “no way” would I ride on one of these but actually as I kept reading I realized these are constructed very well and are safe.

    I did not know these had been around for so many years. Actually I have never seen one before. I could see myself using this maybe in a setting where the streets were not so busy, but I am interested enough to ride one now. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Nate, I am glad you enjoyed the Leaner Sidecar article. They are easier to learn than a Rigid Hack combination if you are experienced riding a solo two wheeler. And yes, they are very rare indeed, although perhaps no in Europe. Have an awesome day and ride safe. Dave

  2. Dave- Great article! I have owned an Armec Sidewinder since 2002, on a 1999 BMW R1100GS. It is red, and appears in Armec video. Our two girls grew up riding with us, both in the sidecar and pillion, since ages 20 months and 4.5 years (now almost 21 and 17 years old). It is a lot of fun and we use it for events like Ride for Kids, etc. Highly recommend it, if you can find one. Dave, email me for a photo if you would like. Edwards Holliday

  3. Hi Edwards, it is so exciting to hear from a “real owner” of a Leaner Sidecar combination. You are so lucky to have had the experience of an Armec Sidewinder.

    I have a Rigid Hack FJ1200 and it requires much effort to steer, even though it has Leading Link. Mind you it is in total 630 kgs (1380 pounds).
    Then I ride my Honda Shadow solo and treat myself to counter steering, so relaxing in comparison.

    Leaner sidecars are so much safer and easier to handle, if it weren’t for regulations, I would convert my Hack to Leaner.
    You can read about it here:

    I would truly love to share your pictures. Have you ridden with or found any other Flexible or Leaner Sidecar owners?

    Thank you for your feedback and comment. Have a great day. Dave

    • Thanks, Dave. I sent two emails with photos of the rig. I have not ever come across another Sidewinder on the road, and have only seen two for sale on the internet in the past 16 years.

      • Yes Edwards, very rare indeed. Thank you for sharing with Haul N Ride. Haul N Ride shares many unusual creations and motorcycle modifications, but Leaner Sidecars share a special place in my heart. Simple modification, motorcycle counter steering steers (rather then scrub) the sidecar wheel, no flying the chair, no rear wheel lift, no leading link necessary, the list goes on. Such a safe combination. Thank you for stopping by and sharing. Enjoy riding your Leaner Beema. Have a great day. Dave

  4. been playing with these for a while on and off have been trying to get a unison leaner to work on a 1950 sunbeam although i think the sunbeam has lots of limitations on the pivot points so im considering building a sidewinder type just wondering what the height difference between the front and rear pivot points should be i can see the plus points of this type as opposed to the unison setup ie simpler and lighter lightness being the thing im looking for as the bike only has 23 hp and brakes to match

    thanks Tom

  5. Hi Tom, Sorry that all I can offer to answer your query is that the Front Pivot Mount is raised slightly higher than the rear Pivot Mount. I have not been able to find any working specifications. The photos above of the BMW and the Dirt Bike show the area in the front of the engine as a good guide. I recommend you ask the experts that build these sidecars all the time on the following forum.
    The wealth of knowledge will be well worth joining and they are happy to answer questions. I love the advantage of the higher mount steering the sidecar rather than scrubbing the tyre.
    Alternatively, would you allow me to give Edwards your email address as he owns a sidewinder and you could perhaps ask him to send you some measurements?
    See Edwards comment above.
    Let me know. Cheers Dave

  6. Greetings Dave,
    I have several rigid side car rigs but really want to build a proper “leaning” rig , to that end I just acquired a pristine very lo mile 1980 Yamaha XS1100. Thought about doing it on my R1 but Ralph Kalich told me that would be crazy. Given he feelings in that regard, going with the XS11. Wish me luck and I will keep you posted

    • Greetings Steve,
      Thank you for sharing your project with us. I highly respect Ralph and his experience, and therefore would also be sure to take on any advice he has to offer. I think an 1100cc is an excellent choice due to the extra weight you will encounter. Remember to take plenty of photos during your build that you may share on Haul N Ride and other websites. This greatly helps and inspires other Leaner Sidecar enthusiasts. Good luck and keep us posted. Have an amazing day. Dave

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