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post #1 of 19 Old 07-18-2017, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Mounting the Bike When Loaded

Leaving on a 3500 km trip from Ontario to New Brunswick tomorrow morning. Going through NY State, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and coming back into Canada at Calais Maine. Did a practice pack last night with all my gear loaded and she's piled up pretty good. Normally I just throw my right leg over the seat keeping my left leg on the ground when getting on the bike just like everyone else, but with my gear on back it is to high and cramped for that. Is it Ok to stand on the left peg with my left foot and then throw right leg over to have more clearance or is that to much weight on the sidestand? Other option is to take sort of a jumping leap straight forward from a right angle and sort of keep right leg out high enough to go over the seat but tried that one once on my FJ09, misjudged it, and almost kicked the bike over providing comical relief to observers at gas stations etc...

I weight about 190 lbs and with full gear on probably about 205.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-18-2017, 09:01 AM
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Not only is it okay, unless you have very long legs, it is the only way when the bike is as loaded as you describe. I have mounted my KLR that way whether loaded or not and I actually have fairly long legs.
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-18-2017, 10:15 AM
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I use the footpeg everytime I get on the bike......I'm old and not very flexible! ;-)

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post #4 of 19 Old 07-18-2017, 11:35 AM
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Hi Sonic,

I have the same issue - when I've got the bike loaded up for camping (sleeping bag, tent, yoga mat, etc.), it's too high for me to swing a leg up and over the seat. I will usually stand on the left foot peg with my left foot, put my right knee on the seat and slide my right foot down to the right foot peg...and then I'm on the saddle with both feet on the pegs.

Have a great trip, and watch out for those Newfoundland dogs - I've heard they're absolutely ferocious!
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-18-2017, 09:11 PM
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I have a tail bag on the rear rack. I "always" get on this way...

Left foot on ground close to bike. I grab my right pant cuff, and lift it up and over the seat, at same time I give a little push with my left foot to scoot over the seat.

I only do it this way because I'm 78 years old, and the old legs aren't what they used to be. Plus I don't trust the side stand to not sink in when I put my weight on it by standing on the foot peg. I never liked the idea of my KLR laying on top of me.

Warning: My son tried it my way once. He grabbed his pant cuff, and proceeded to rip it up to his knee. ( I grab, and bunch the fabric, not just a single layer. )

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I use a version of larry31's method. Instead of grabbing my pant cuff (no pant cuff on jeans), I just grab my foot at the ankle and swing onto the bike. At my age this is how I get on all motorcycles. At the very least it keeps the dirt on my shoes from being distributed liberally on the bike. This is not an issue with the KLR; but is kinda-sorta for the other bikes in the garage.
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I use the footpeg everytime I get on the bike......I'm old and not very flexible! ;-)

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Leaving on a 3500 km trip from Ontario to New Brunswick tomorrow morning. Going through NY State, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and coming back into Canada at Calais Maine. Did a practice pack last night with all my gear loaded and she's piled up pretty good. Normally I just throw my right leg over the seat keeping my left leg on the ground when getting on the bike just like everyone else, but with my gear on back it is to high and cramped for that. Is it Ok to stand on the left peg with my left foot and then throw right leg over to have more clearance or is that to much weight on the sidestand? Other option is to take sort of a jumping leap straight forward from a right angle and sort of keep right leg out high enough to go over the seat but tried that one once on my FJ09, misjudged it, and almost kicked the bike over providing comical relief to observers at gas stations etc...

I weight about 190 lbs and with full gear on probably about 205.
I've been doing just that for years. Stand hasn't failed yet.
Have fun on your trip.
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That's the 'stand-on-left-peg-throw-right-over' style.
I have also successfully done it from the other side when a heavily laden bike has just a little too much lean on it or the stand is in soft or sandy soil. Feels a bit odd but works well too.
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-25-2017, 10:05 AM
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Having just traveled 300,000 K over the last 8 years of traveling full time in Europe, Africa and several times from the US to/from South America, I always use the left peg to stand on and swing my right leg over. I understand your fear about the side stand, but haven't you seen people pull their bike over onto just the sidestand and swing the whole bike around to point it where they want to? Unless your side stand is extremely weak, it will hold up.
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