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Old Yesterday, 06:37 PM   #1
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Few Newb ?'s and alignment questions....

My wife bought me this sidecar rig this week for a surprise birthday gift:

It's an '09 Stella 150cc sidecar rig. I've ridden literally 100's of thousands of miles on dirt bikes, mc's and scooters. Today on my first real ride of the hack I noticed a few things:

1. when letting off of the gas the rig wants to push to the left. Is that normal?

2. Applying of the front brake makes it want to push left. If I apply a fair amount of rear brake it keeps it somewhat straight. Does that sound right?

3. Is there any way to check out the alignment of the hack to the scooter. It has adjustable links but just curious of how to check the alignment? The scooter only has 1500 miles on it and the owner purchased it new but knew literally nothing about it. I'm wondering if there is possibly an alignment issue that could hinder both the handling and the speed of the hack?

Any info would be GREATLY appreciated.
'11 Yamaha zuma 125
'06 Buell Ulysses
'09 Yamaha T-Max
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'09 Stella 150 with sidecar
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Old Today, 06:07 AM   #2
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When slowing with gas off or braking, the rig will push left. The weight of the sidecar will act as a pendulum and continue pushing forward, the swinging force pushing the rig left. Rear brake lessens that effect.
You will also notice the opposite, it will pull to the right wile accelerating.
If it runs pretty straight requiring little input on a fairly flat road (little crown) it's probably aligned fairly well.

Free info here regarding riding and setup of a sidecar.

Nice birthday present, enjoy!
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