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post #1 of 24 Old 03-28-2008, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Learning To Dismount

This is a skill I better get a handle on quickly. my cruiser was low to the ground the KLR sits much higher, so getting on and off is a bit more challenging; combine that with a taller kickstand and dismounting is downright challenging. When I go to get off the bike the shocks are compressed so when I put the kickstand down it touches the ground when the bike is completely upright. Since I’m barely flatfooted I have very little leverage. I had worked out a way to get off the bike yesterday, so I thought but this morning as I arrived at work and attempted to dismount my leg hooked the Tail bag, the bike rolled forward just enough to let the kickstand release and…

Yep down we went, now the left side of the bike has it’s first “Beauty Mark”, it's not at all how I picture geting the first war wounds.

I'll post pics later, may have to wipe away more dirt first though.

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post #2 of 24 Old 03-28-2008, 03:28 PM
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Dismount tips....

Whenever you plan to stop and get off, slide your left butt cheek off the seat and most anyone should be able to touch easily. If you have nothing on the rear rack in your way, swing your right leg over the back of the bike. If there is something on the rack, you simply do a quick one legged hop/shuffle on the left leg while holding on to the left hand grip with your left hand. Hop/shuffle backwards until your right foot is clear and can swing down.

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post #3 of 24 Old 03-28-2008, 03:56 PM
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I prefer the calvary mount dismount method. Just like getting on and off a horse. Mounting, put left foot on footpeg, pull yourself up holding onto the handlebars and the swing right leg over and sit in the saddle. Set the bike up and raise kickstand and off you go. To dismount, lower kickstand, stand on pegs, keep weight to the left a little and swing right leg over the seat and bags and step down. One thing we have found on the stock KLR's is that the kickstand is about an inch or so too long, causing the bike to sit in too much of an upright position. We have modified several bikes, cutting an inch or so of the kickstand leg to effectively lean the bike further over when parked. We also welded a large 2.5 heavy washer to the bottom of the kickstand allowing for a larger footprint in sand, soft dirt and blacktop. Hope this helps. I have a short inseam, and I am not able to mount and dismount in the normal fashion, an old guy here in town that rides the KLR's was at the dealer the day I bought mine and showed me this procedure, it works great.

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DXKLR, I'm sure your method is valid, but should come with a warning that control of the bike is temporarily out of the operators hands. If the kickstand should decide to give for any reason at all, be it sinking in dirt or hot asphalt or simply breaking, things are going to get interesting. Kickstands are pretty strong, but repetitive stress adds up, so check them often. Plus, with this method, you always have to be cautious where you stop, even with a large footprint. Dismount on an uphill or downhill add different stresses as well. I'm not dismissing this option, just saying it adds a lot more complexity to the issue.
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post #5 of 24 Old 03-28-2008, 05:42 PM
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Duly noted, and is valid issue. Riders do need to take all that into consideration if using my style.

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post #6 of 24 Old 03-28-2008, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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DX that is how I get on the bike but it is much more precarious when getting off the bike. Here is the damage.





I might as well stock up on the levers now.

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Not something I've looked at, but aren't parts for lowering readily available and not too expensive? I understand the links just lower seat height and don't change ground clearance.
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post #8 of 24 Old 03-29-2008, 12:10 AM
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How would that be possible Bigiron? The seat is mounted to the frame, if you use lowering links and the seat lowers, it's only because the frame has lowered which means ground clearance will have to change.

Don't a lot of shorter guys go with the Corbin dished at first? I believe that gives about an 1" to 1 1/2" difference in height. Not exactly cheap, but it's probably less intrusive to performance then lowering links on a bike that already has suspension issues.
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http://www.klr650.com/shLowLinkit.htm

Yep, I mis-remembered. Just not something I've been interested in. Doesn't change the seat to footpeg distance but does lower the bike.
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post #10 of 24 Old 03-29-2008, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Not going to lower it, I'm a big enough guy that I'm gonna all the travel I can get.

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