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dysert 07-04-2013 08:25 PM

Mounting your bike?
Do any of you mount your GS using the foot peg with side stand extended? Or Center stand extended?

Willie B 07-04-2013 09:19 PM

I suppose it depends where the bike is. I often get on my bike when it's on the center stand and rock it forward. I always put my bike on the center stand when fueling, but generally put the side stand down when out riding.

iride4u 07-04-2013 09:50 PM

I use the side stand and the high side foot peg. While it seems unnatural at first it becomes much easier with a little practice. Do not try this with s soft suspension.

MIXR 07-04-2013 09:57 PM

So long as I end up on top of it and not underneath, I'm pretty happy!

Beezer 07-04-2013 10:08 PM

all the above plus 1 more variation

JimVonBaden 07-05-2013 04:24 AM


Originally Posted by dysert (Post 21793944)
Do any of you mount your GS using the foot peg with side stand extended? Or Center stand extended?

All the time when the bike is loaded on the back seat. I have short legs. Good way to dismount as well.

Jim :brow

PS I am not a small person, no harm to the sidestand.

DSTEVENS 07-05-2013 06:11 AM

I am tall enough to step over to mount but I have found that with boxes mounted I usually bang my lower leg on edge and after a few times have a bruise so I mount it like mounting a horse, much easier when loaded with gear and heavy riding clothes. D.

Emoto 07-05-2013 07:35 AM

I start about 50' directly behind the bike and run toward it at top speed. Then, just as I reach it, I leap into the air and use the luggage rack as a vault handle and jump right into the saddle.

krellheat 07-05-2013 07:43 AM

Do you start the bike before leaping?

Stopwatch 07-05-2013 12:10 PM

Mounting your bike while its on its side stand
Thanks for asking this. I've seen it done by a rider who is about 6'4" and in good shape. He mounted his GS from its right side while it faced up hill in my driveway.

I've "toyed" with mounting from the left side while my GS sits on its stock side stand ever since I developed something called "Sciatica." That is, I went from 18 years-old to 97 years-old when my lower vertebrae collapsed and I couldn't walk for a month and couldn't raise my right foot over the rear seat.

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm getting close to as I want to ride with panniers again and put some ground under me.

If you've tried it -- and it does feel pretty weird -- let me know. Is it better to twist the bars left, or to the right? Any special prayers?

Emoto 07-05-2013 12:15 PM


Originally Posted by krellheat (Post 21796080)
Do you start the bike before leaping?

No, no, I hold my arms out straight ahead of me like superman as I leap, with the key in the left hand pointing straight forward. I slide it into the ignition in one fluid motion as I come to rest in the saddle, and my right hand grabs the grip and activates the starter button as my left foot sweeps the sidestand up and pops the lever into gear, and roar off in a cloud of dust and fumes. This has been known to make children cry and women swoon, and other men slink off in humiliation... :wink:

Monsignore 07-05-2013 12:35 PM

I mount from the right. I'm 6' tall. I bend my left leg and lead with the knee. This allows my foot to clear my top case. Then I just muscle the bike off the side stand (tricky if it's heavily loaded and/or stand is downhill). I turn the key just before mounting so the bike's self-check is generally done by the time I've got the bike up right.

Dismounting, I grab the HB tank guard and kind of slide my left leg over the rear, bent as before to clear the top case. Dismounting I'm usually looking right at the right side cylinder. It probably looks a little odd to an observer, but it works.

JimVonBaden 07-05-2013 01:26 PM

This can be a challenge, especially for short GS riders:

Jim :brow

teomannaskali 07-05-2013 01:34 PM

When mounting the bike, i usually lift my foot up and hold it with my right hand, then move it above the seat until the dirty part cannot touch the seat, release and use left leg to do a mini hop on to the bike. Works from both sides.

VolInGA 07-05-2013 01:39 PM


Originally Posted by JimVonBaden (Post 21798233)

Mount the GS from the left. After your right foot clears the seat of the GS, place it firmly against the seat of the Harley. Start the GS as you begin to push against the seat of the Harley until it rises from the side stand, then push a little more until it falls over. You now have a clear path to get the hell out of there without fear of scuffing your pannier on the Harley.

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