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Help me identify my sidecar make and model

Hi all, I'm brand new to motorcycling and sidecars. Made a rather impulsive purchase recently on a 1972 BMW R75/5 with a mystery rig. Nobody seems able to ID the sidecar; I'm hoping I came to the right place. Furthermore, are there any sidecar specialists in the New York tristate area that can help me reattach my rig? I have been told that the hack I recently purchased is a complete... hack job. I'm told also it's a miracle it survived the ride from Asheville, NC to my home in Brooklyn.

Thanks in advance,

Jesse

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It is a spirit of America "Eagle"
There as you know are some issues with the mounting, First it should have a 4th mount at the rear. I can not tell if it was mounted with sub frames or not, the BMW frame tubing is much thinner then one would think it should be and as such if you simply clamp a sidecar to it over time the frame of the bike will fail. Also on the /5 the down tubes are oval not round so a clamp on the frame does not work well at all. We make a sub frame kit specific to this bike, with it if you have "OK" mechanical skills you should be able to reattach the sidecar proper. You will of course also need a strut for the upper rear which we can also supply.
You can buy a new windshield for this sidecar from http://www.bikescreen.com
Jay G
DMC sidecars
http://www.dmcsidecars.com
866-638-1793
jay@dmcsidecars.com

Welcome to the slightly off-center world of sidecars, Jesse!!

nice looking retro rig there,..very cool,...crawf.

Wrex_I - 4/16/2014 6:25 PM Hi all, I'm brand new to motorcycling and sidecars. Made a rather impulsive purchase recently on a 1972 BMW R75/5 with a mystery rig. Nobody seems able to ID the sidecar; I'm hoping I came to the right place. Furthermore, are there any sidecar specialists in the New York tristate area that can help me reattach my rig? I have been told that the hack I recently purchased is a complete... hack job. I'm told also it's a miracle it survived the ride from Asheville, NC to my home in Brooklyn. Thanks in advance, Jesse

Wrex,

Contact Steve Clark at The New York Sidecar Connection, he is located in UnionDale, Long Island 800 Nassau Road 516-538-8750

Hi Jay,

Thanks a million! I really appreciate your guidance as well as the information you provided. I'm concerned enough that I'd like to have an expert see the thing in person before I commit to buying more things, but if it turns out I need that rig, I will be using DMC. I also may need someone with a torch cutter to remove some bad welding. How does one know when a bike frame is failing? When it breaks in the middle of a ride? I sure hope not. Do you suggest I remove the Eagle and attach it to a different bike?

All the best,

Jesse

Thanks Crawf and OSIC! Looking forward to a long time of it.

Chuck, Steve Clark hasn't answered his phone in weeks and he has no answering machine. Any other leads?

This sidecar will work very well on your bike with sub fames, If it was welded on look next to the welds as cracks happen not at the weld but along side. If it was clamped, look next to the clamps, if no cracks are showing chances are you are good to go.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
http://www.dmcsidecars.com
jay@dmcsidecars.com
866-638-1793