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post #1 of 13 Old 02-16-2014, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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How to get off?

I am a new rider with short legs and has a problem with dragging my foot over seat unless I stand on the left foot peg while getting on/off. I don't want to lower the suspension and loose ground clearance. Is there a way get on easier? How do guys do it after adding a rear box? 5' 10'' with a klr650.

Jokes are ok, but I still need some good ideas.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-16-2014, 01:25 PM
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Standing on the peg is a perfectly acceptable way to mount and dismount your KLR, especially with a topbox or panniers mounted. I'm 5'9" (32" inseam) with stock suspension and I'm able to sling my leg over from the ground while only occasionally grazing the panniers with my boot. I just keep my knee bent to clear the top box. I know some that hop on with one leg up and swing it over the tank, I just don't have to coordination to pull that off without falling on my ass though!

So basically, it's whatever works best for you... The peg method is fine though, lot's of people mount up that way.

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I've got a bit of a "step, raise, grab the leg at the ankle" with my right hand and help the leg over the seat method...

Looks kinda funny, but it works.

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I got a trunk so I step on the peg every time I get off or on. Up and over.




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I also mount using the footpeg like a stirrup on a horse.

Early on after getting the KLR I'd read some reports of the bolts breaking/stripping there and replaced the OEM bolts with grade 12.9. Not sure if the local hardware stores will have them.....I have a buddy that works for Fastenall and he brought me four of them. Also replaced the pivot pins with SAE grade 8 shoulder bolts. Loc-tite blue on everthing.

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My gas tank is all scratched up from my boots scraping it during my oafish attempts to do kind of a "hurdler" mount.



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Jokes are ok, but I still need some good ideas.
I'm really surprised one hasn't been made about the title of this thread.

Either you guys are very well-behaved or I'm very sophomoric.



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Oh no. I thought it, but never voiced it !!!

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I'm really surprised one hasn't been made about the title of this thread.

Either you guys are very well-behaved or I'm very sophomoric.
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