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post #1 of 13 Old 09-30-2007, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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question for you shorter riders

the only thing really that has stopped me from getting the KLR just yet is that I have no idea how I'd get it off the kickstand, unless I stood the bike upright, put my right foot on the ground and kicked the stand up with my left, kind of confusing isnt it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-30-2007, 08:05 PM
 
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Not understanding. isn't that the only way to do it.
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My KLR has been lowered 1 1/4 inches, that allows me to have both feet on the ground at the same time.

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guess what I asked didnt make much sense. I just have no intention of lowering my bike since I know it'll alter my handling to a degree, and I dont want to do that.
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the only thing really that has stopped me from getting the KLR just yet is that I have no idea how I'd get it off the kickstand, unless I stood the bike upright, put my right foot on the ground and kicked the stand up with my left, kind of confusing isnt it?
30 inch inseam here. I mount up like I am getting on a horse. I put my left foot on the footpeg, then swing my right leg up and over the seat, then as you mention I lean the bike over to the right, my right leg holding up the bike and then using my left foot I flip up the kickstand. Only issue here is if there is a downward sland on the right side and I can't lean it enough, or it become too far. I have learned to see where I have the bike and move it accordingly so that I don't accidentally dump it trying to get on, lol. Hope this helps.

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30 inch inseam here. I mount up like I am getting on a horse. I put my left foot on the footpeg, then swing my right leg up and over the seat, then as you mention I lean the bike over to the right, my right leg holding up the bike and then using my left foot I flip up the kickstand. Only issue here is if there is a downward sland on the right side and I can't lean it enough, or it become too far. I have learned to see where I have the bike and move it accordingly so that I don't accidentally dump it trying to get on, lol. Hope this helps.
thats EXACTLY what I was trying to picture in my mind. thanks, it does help.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-03-2007, 05:48 PM
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most of the time i just kick it up before i throw a leg over but on good flat ground ill do like dx
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I have Progressive fork springs and rear shock. The VERY stiff rear spring put the bike up about 1 1/2" higher than a stock bike, even after setting sag.. As luck would have it, I have long legs and a big belly, which causes the bike to sit a bit lower..

I'm just off of flat footed at a stop light, and I've never drug a peg since chaning out to the aftermarket suspension.

Anyway, there's ways to make them lower. If I'm not mistaken, Jesus had a KLR, so there should be something available to make it fit for you..
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At least once per day the first three days on my Alaska trip I would pull over on the side of the road for a picture where the road shoulder sloped away from me. If I slid over to the right far enough to get my foot down I couldn't
get my left foot down far enough to flip up the kick stand. After flailing away like on upside down turle to many times I finally had a cheap ass KLR approved solution. I went to a hardware store and bought a 3x3 angle and used a bunch of hose clamps to attach it to the kick stand so I had something to swing the stand up with.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-03-2007, 11:23 PM
 
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I have 2 inch lowering links on mine and being able to have both feet on the ground makes up for any handling that I may have lost which has never been an issue for me since I got them pretty much from the start-we lowered the front too so I think it handles fine-but ,man,does my skid plate have stories to tell
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