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Old Today, 11:19 AM   #1
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New member... question about Harley sidecars

When I was a soldier in the 70's, I had a 42 BMW w/sidecar (along with an H2 until my last deployment in 77)... it was a blast to ride, but wasn't a "freeway ride" really.

I have been looking at some Sportsters (2005-7) and some used sidecars.

So will a "1945LE" 1945 sidecar attach well with a 2005 Harley Sportster?

What work will it entail, and will there be parts that need to be fabricated, or will I be able to get the parts over the counter?

What other makes of sidecars will work with the Sportster?

Thank you for your time and counsel.
Bob Jr
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Old Today, 12:14 PM   #2
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I think you will have to custom fabricate all the mounts. Maybe a subframe from DMC or one of the other sidecar builders would work for the bike side but mating that to the older sidecar side mounts will be a lot of work. There won't be any off the shelf Harley parts for this combination. You should look at some of the Sportster sidecar builds on this forum to get some ideas. The LE sidecar is probably not the best choice if you want more modern performance. The lack of suspension on the Harley sidecar takes some getting used to.
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