How to Align Your Sidecar the Right Way

Tip #200 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual

sidecar aligning illustration
Aligning your sidecarCycle World

Thinking about building your own sidecar, or just want to understand what's going on with these monsters? A few subtle differences make a huge change in the way the machine handles compared to a "normal" bike. The bike is leaned out a few degrees as a counter to the sidecar's mass. The front also toes in a few degrees more than the rear, to reduce wear on the rear tire. Most factory combos come pre-aligned, to reduce the headache.