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Fitting a sidecar to an older, classic motorcycle is likely to mean simple electrical considerations. Lighting is possibly the only consideration. However, more modern motorcycles, plus a desire for additional requirements will complicate matters. Either way wiring a sidecar still requires a methodical, reliable approach, using proper connectors, tools, and electrical cables.

Other considerations with later bikes may involve some complexity due to the nature of modern electrical systems, and the likelihood that there are more requirements. Additional lighting, in sidecar sound systems, heated clothing, alarms, and communication devices may all place demands on the bike's charging system.

The complexity of some motorcycle electrics can add further complications, which owners may have to address. For example, BMW's CanBus "single wire" system might present difficulties for which specific information will need to be sought.

Some ideas for consideration;

  • A separate fuse arrangement for all sidecar electrics is useful.
  • Assist quick detachment of the sidecar by connecting the bike's electrics to the sidecar by using an auto trailer plug and socket. The socket can be neatly fitted to the sidecar body.
  • Carry spare fuses, connectors, insulating tape, and appropriate tools to deal with problems when on the road. A torch, ideally an LED headlamp, makes sense because lighting issues are most likely to become obvious when it's dark.

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