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post #1 of 6 Old 08-24-2019, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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DL 1000 Leading leg

Hi All,
I've mated a 2014 Dl1000 with a Ural sidecar. My wife and I both love it! It's smoother shifting and I can actually accelerate up hills. The only issue I have is the steering and suspension is a little combersome so I 'm looking for a way to make it an easier ride.

I found several articles online that mention leading legs as a solution.

I contacted one of the companies mentioned, DMC and unfortunatly they do not make leading legs for my generation of bike. It's a bit of a stretch but would anyone know of a Canadian company that can make or supply a lead leg for a 2014 DL1000?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Call Claude Stanley at Freedom Sidecars LLC in Pennsylvania. He is second to none with his knowledge and build ability.

Make sure you are sitting down when he give you an estimate because his quality and knowledge do not come cheap.

I'd not be surprised to hear $4,000 to $5,000 for a leading link front end for your DL and expect to wait 3 to 6 months to get it build.

When you talk to Claude or meet him he looks like an old grey bearded biker because that is what he is. He talks slow and is quirky but don't that or his shop fool you. The product he turns out is amazing.

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I just looked up a guy who I remembered being deep into sidecar suspension, Doug Bingham. Sadly, the homepage announced that he has passed away and left no forwarding address. I think that was intended to reflect his good natured attitude. However, the website has a lot of good information. Leading Link Forks
A lot of folks refer to those front ends as "leading link". The objective is to have nearly zero trail.

This website is active and has a forum. https://sidecar.com/

Put up some photos when you can.

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Unfortunate that DMC doesn't still make the adapter I got from him when I put a Ural on my '78 80/7 BMW. It set the forks out about 3 inches and made the steering very light. On handed in side winds and I had to take the steering damper off. No shake or tank slapping of the handle bars. Controlling the effect of road crown was a one handed input.
Earles style forks may be available from some maker.
Yup the 70 hp of the Wee does make getting the rig easy. I even had adequate power pulling a Kwik Kamp tent trailer.
Power to weight ratio, the bike pulled the trailer more easily that my Isuzu Trooper. 750 lb/ 70 hp to 4500 lb/125 hp.

Our local sidecar guru, Doug Bingham, has passed away. Check that maybe EML may be a source.

Have fun, we sure did for 10's of thousands of miles.
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Hi All,
I've mated a 2014 Dl1000 with a Ural sidecar. My wife and I both love it! It's smoother shifting and I can actually accelerate up hills. The only issue I have is the steering and suspension is a little combersome so I 'm looking for a way to make it an easier ride.

I found several articles online that mention leading legs as a solution.

I contacted one of the companies mentioned, DMC and unfortunatly they do not make leading legs for my generation of bike. It's a bit of a stretch but would anyone know of a Canadian company that can make or supply a lead leg for a 2014 DL1000?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Just a word: Leading legs and leading links are not even close to the same thing. Briefly, leading legs are a bracket which just moves the axle forward (2-3 inches?) to reduce trail. Leading links are a complete replacement for the forks which will reduce trail (if desired) and can have benefits such as antidive. May even cure cancer. Older BMWs with Earles forks (similar) had a couple of front swingarm mounting points, one of which was intended for sidecar use.

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Glenn, What Dauntless used to make was your leading leg. A simple bracket that pushed the original forks out about 3". It was worth it's weight in gold for the improvement it made in the control of the rig.
The Earles forks on the old /2 BMW's had the pivot holes at the bottom of the fork that allowed easy modification from a rig to a solo bike configuration.
A friend that had several /2 rigs tried mine and said it was the nicest handling rig he'd tried. He had a EML K100 rig a the time too.
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