Posted 1/10/2018 8:46 PM (#96079) Subject: TLE sidecar on Softail
I've had a friend for a number of years who has built several sidecar rigs. I rode one of his a couple of years ago and decided that eventually I'd build one too. Mostly for when I couldn't hold the bike up as well due to age. Well recently a new grand daughter has arrived and shortly thereafter I came across a complete 1988 TLE sidecar. I have a 1988 Tourglide which the sidecar will fit perfectly on but I also have an 1998 Fatboy and a 1984 Shovelhead FLH. My plan was to put the car on the Fatboy if I could get it to fit.
Front mounts looked like no problem but I was running into some difficulty on engineering the rear mount.
Trying to get in touch with him about some exhaust routing questions.
A Harley factory sidecar on a Softail is pretty rare. I've only seen 2 postings about it being done and it all has to do with the mounts.
Hopefully I can make it work. Later on it will go on the Tourglide and lastly on the Shovelhead when they take my car keys away from me! HA!
This is a great site and I am happy to have found it! I'm 69 y/o and been riding for 40+ years. This is just another way to extend it longer plus to
build some good "Grampa memories" with by Granddaughter.
Posted 1/15/2018 11:02 AM (#96096 - in reply to #96079) Subject: Re: TLE sidecar on Softail
We have never developed anything for Harley brand sidecars. If you had a modern sidecar with a 4 point mount and suspension on the sidecar we would be able to help otherwise unless we have the bike and the sidecar in our shop there is not much we can do for you.
Posted 1/20/2018 1:01 PM (#96120 - in reply to #96079) Subject: Re: TLE sidecar on Softail
Amazing to me the number of views this post has about mounting a Harley TLE sidecar to a Softail has generated with so few replies!!! It seems obvious to me there is some interest in such a project. I am proceeding with the attempt. I must thank Fuzzybeard for his post that he made some years ago that documented his mounting of the same. (http://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=13518&posts=1&start=1) As I said the front TLE mounts bolt up to the FLST frame fine. I plan on using a mount similar to Fuzzybeards on the rear ( 3/8 thick plate) but plan to bolt on using the Right rear footpeg hole, the Swingarm bolt hole (utilizing a slightly longer bolt to make up for the bracket's thickness of apprx. 3/8 inch) then at the bottom using the 2 or 3 holes in the lower frame tube that the exhaust bracket bolts to. I'll also either have a fabricator make a "U" shaped clevis bracket to weld to the Flat piece for the Heim joint or I may be able to source this from a Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis mount also instead then weld it to the flat plate.
I'll be using a 2 into 1 exhaust instead of my tapered dual mufflers which really opens up the area where the Heim joint bolts to the bracket on the bike.
I'll post Picture when I get the bracket made. It will be a while. In the meantime, below is the Sidecar the day I bought it (not my bike in the background)
and the Fatboy I have been working on slowly for a couple of years.
Edited by WilliamJack 1/20/2018 6:09 PM
(1988 Harley Sidecar Blue Knight edition Dec 2017.jpg)
Posted 1/24/2018 10:58 AM (#96148 - in reply to #96146) Subject: Re: TLE sidecar on Softail
Location: Belle Plaine MN
its not monetary value to me per se.
its a combination of things:
my wife and i have agreed that its my / our last bike.
the more that get hacked up, home painted, mounts lost or mangled the better, my kids will get more than 10 cents on the dollar as more and more are hacked up.
I still see harley sidecars advertised for sale with no mounts, or worse without the tiny bits of the mount kit. the tiny parts, roll over switch, oil pressure elbow, remote brake cylinder reservoir, odd brake pedal etc that get lost when the sidecar and bike get separated that are hard to get, ive seen it already happening where the sidecar is near junk because the parts to mount it are getting near impossible to find. i can't imagine what it will take to get a left threaded heim joint in ten years...
that is what will make mine worth a little money when im gone, there will probably be a truckload of hacked up partial sidecars that folks can buy, but actually using them - thats what will get harder.
the one thing thats getting easier is steering, there are now a number of ways to fix the trail due to all the trikes out there. i personally prefer liberty trees, but to each there own.
lots of bikes getting parted out these days, prices are really down, none of my kids ride. so if its going to not go to the scrapper it has to be complete, working, original.