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    70s sidecar body


    Hi all,
    I have just purchased an early Harley 70s CLE sidecar body for £50 from ebay.Yes I know I was a fool but I think this was going to to scrapped if not sold.A couple of questions to any club members please, I intend to rebuild this sidecar to be put on my 1978 FLH glide but up to what year am I aloud to put this on and most of all, does anybody have any spares for this sidecar.I only have the body,sidecar 16 spoke wheel at this time so if anybody has parts or chassis frame please can you let me know.Many thanks.
    Andy Brown.:169B9ADF431545348BC
    ps. forgot to mention that the chair will be going on the right.
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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    Isnt it against mot regulations to fit a sidecar on the right hand side?

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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    Can't find anything in my testing manual Kev. MOT testing manuals and guides
    Inspection Manual for classes 1&2, Section 5.
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    I'm out and about at the moment but I tried to buy a Urrel with a powerd right hand side car wheel, I couldn't get it through the MOT so I left it.
    I'll find the regulations tonight.

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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    Last edited by Limey_Dave; 23-12-2012 at 02:48 PM.

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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    Found this-
    Any bike registered before 1981 can have the sidecar on either side and be legally classed as a motorcycle and sidecar.
    Any bike registered after 1981 must have the sidecar on the left of the bike.
    There are moves to over turn the 1981 ruling, and if this happens then I guess from the date it is overturned any bike will be able to have the sidecar on either side. Assuming the law is over turned, the situation regarding bikes registered after 1981 but before the date this law is over turned is still unclear.

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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    Quote Originally Posted by andy_brown View Post
    ps. forgot to mention that the chair will be going on the right.
    Out of interest Andy, is there any reason why you want it on the right, if you don't have a chassis for it? It looks like it would fit either way from the cut outs? Great find; I still have feelings of guilt about seeing a 4-adult sidecar, previously attached to a WLA, sent to the dump back in the 70s, even though it wasn't mine...:o
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    Hi Jake, I just thought it would look better and right for it to be on the right off the bike.But the thing is getting the parts needed.Many thanks to all who have replyed.
    Andy.:169B9ADF431545348BC

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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    If you have had a sidecar outfit before I presume that was chair on the left, can't see any logical reason to have it on the right Andy here in the UK?

    You will have to have half your outfit over the white line to see if it's safe to overtake anything!

    Also easier to find fittings for left hook up unless you buy from across the channel. Just my 2€'s worth
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    Re: 70s sidecar body

    Quote Originally Posted by BaZa® View Post

    You will have to have half your outfit over the white line to see if it's safe to overtake anything!
    From experience with the pick-up, I'd go along with that. It's easier on 4 wheels with a LHD cos you just listen out for the whimpering of your passenger to tell if anything's coming t'other way!

    It all depends I suppose on how much riding Andy will be doing in Europe; if he's planning to use it mostly for continental touring then I guess a LHD outfit would be better.
    Last edited by kevscrivener; 23-12-2012 at 03:32 PM.
    Much less involved.....

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