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post #1 of 13 Old 01-05-2009, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Great trunk, I look like an ass.

OK. I put a emgo trunk on. I have previously owned: a Puch moped with a huge rack [get your mind out of the gutter], a scooter with a trunk, and a motorcycle that is too pretty to put a trunk on (which I still have)...I guess that's it.

Now, the scooter was step through. I just got back from my first real ride with lots of on and off and it was the least graceful goddamn thing you've ever seen in your life. I can't swing my leg over....clunk....I know because I kept forgetting. So, I'm trying to put my leg over perpendicular pulling my pants up like I'm in a flood of rat guts. Am I missing something here? Or destined to look like a douche.






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post #2 of 13 Old 01-05-2009, 08:52 PM
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Try stepping on the left peg and swing your leg over while the bike is on the sidestand.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-05-2009, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I was thinking...I know some shorter dudes do that, but it just seems iffy. That won't put too much stress on the stand? I weigh 210, maybe 220?




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I do it frequently and weigh more than you. Not a problem.
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I can't swing my leg over....clunk....I know because I kept forgetting.
Umm..
Wanna try my bikes??? Make it worse and add saddlebags, or more...







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post #6 of 13 Old 01-05-2009, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Shit Paper, you use a pole vault when that thing is loaded up?

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-06-2009, 12:00 AM
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Naw.. It's not bad.. At least on the first day of riding.. Just sorta pick the right leg a bit and jump forward with the left, and you're in the saddle..

That said, after a couple days of slapping 3-400 miles on the bike, it's a lot tougher getting on and off. Double A and I decided last summer that we're not as young as we used to be..

Here's Double A cutting (I cut too) a tree that was across our path, up in the U.P. of Michigan..



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Thanks.. I've been after a monoshock R80 for around 10 years, and finally found this one down in KY last fall.. Didn't get much of a chance to ride it, but hope to this year..

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-06-2009, 01:51 AM
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Bend your knee and move your heel toward your ass as you lift your leg across the seat.

I am seriously considering a small trailer so I can haul more than needed.

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Lock,

Just step up on the left peg and step over the seat. Forget about the "swinging of the leg" just walk on, that is how I always mount. I have 1" raising links and my shock is dialed all the way up so I never swing the leg, with the panniers on it hurts too much when you come up short.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-06-2009, 12:08 PM
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a nice little front kick works also, although once you commit to it you better be sure you are going to land in the saddle..

i also use the lifted bent leg with a hop as you swing your knee through the saddle area and then extend your leg on the other side.

much easier to demonstrate.

i used to use the peg but i can see where the repetition of that could eventually stress it or the sidestand. maybe not.

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