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

Other considerations may involve some complexity due to the nature of modern electrical systems. Additional lighting, in sidecar sound systems, heated clothing, alarms, and communication devices will all place demands on the bike's charging system.

More complex motorcycle electrics call for further considerations. For example, BMW's CanBus "single wire" system might present difficulties for which specific information and solutions will be required.

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.
  • Consider carrying 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 sadly more likely to become obvious when it's dark !

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