Originally Posted by Shelly Michalski
I'm ~5'11" and when I stop I'm on my toes.
Hi Shelly. That sounds about right if you have a standard seat so I would suggest the bike hasn't been lowered.
I know what you mean. The bike does feel like it is too upright when on the stand. Part of this is being a relatively heavy bike with the weight up high so it feels top heavy. My bike is quite worn so there is a lot of wear on the side stand so it splays out a bit. This helps lean it more. Turning the bars does help a little but probably won't be enough to fix your problem.
For your bike I would recommend shortening the side stand. Use DPelletier's method.
Put a wooden plank under the tyres which will lift the bike up a bit. Also (optional) when you mount and dismount you could step on and off a bit of wood of the same thickness.
Try at least a couple of different thicknesses of wood. Because a relatively small difference in the side stand length will make a big difference to the lean angle it is probably worth trying quite a few different wood thicknesses (bits of plywood may be thinner and help adjust the height).
Once you have found a thickness you like get that distance cut out of the side stand.
A local engineering company will do it for much less than $250 (I agree with Toney. Never, ever go back to that bike shop). It isn't a hard job. Or ask around for someone else who owns a welder. At work or church or wherever there is a group of people you know just stand up and say "Does anyone have a welder?". They might be able to do it for you. I suspect your friends were uncomfortable doing it because they had no indication of how much needed to be cut out. If you can tell them an exact measurement they might be more wllling.
If you plan on riding on dirt a lot it may help to have a slightly larger foot put on the side stand at the same time. My bike has an alarming habit of the side stand slowly sinking into the dirt when I have my back turned.
Once the bike is leaning over it becomes a much more relaxing job of getting on and off.
You are tall enough that you might find this method the easiest.
Leave the bike resting on the side stand, put the bars to full lock, put your leg over and rest your thigh on the seat. Once there, kick off with your other foot and slide into position. Straighten the bike up and put the stand up. Good to go.
To dismount, put the side stand down, rest the bike on it and do the reverse to slide off.
The KLR is not a bike that most people will ever be able to straddle and then sit down on. It is too high.
You could try the "stand on the peg" method but, honestly, it scares the heck out of me. Me and the bike bouncing around until settled with only my toes able to touch the ground. No thanks! (Note: the forum needs 'chicken' smilies
If you don't like that only your toes touch the ground then look at either having the seat cut out or lowering the bike. But after the side stand is shortened I think you will feel a lot more comfortable, even on 'tippy-toes', so to speak.
Enjoy. They are a great bike once you are on them!