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post #1 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Mounting with a TopCase -- ?silly question

Ok, this may seem obvious and stupid to ask, but I saw enough threads about how to get the bike on the centerstand 8^) that was helpful, actually, since once I got my centerstand I knew how to do it....

What's the preferred method for mounting you bike once you have a topcase on. It's too tall and I'm not flexible enough to just swing my leg over the back anymore. Do folks climb up on the pegs while the bike is on the sidestand or centerstand, and mount like that (is either stand meant to take that much load?) Or kick you leg up high and straight over the seat (seems to be working), or what?


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post #2 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 12:51 PM
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i have installed a trampoline 5.65 meters behind the bike.

just kidding ... i kinda poke my foot through an imaginary hole just above the saddle. it ain't pretty but it works. i think most folks arrive at a method that works for them thru trial and error.
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post #3 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 12:53 PM
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With topcase or heavier winter gear, I actually grab my pants leg and lift my foot up and over the seat. This is mainly to avoid scuffing the seat. I am kind of tall, so this might not work for all.

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post #4 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 02:02 PM
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I just put stand on the foot peg and throw my leg over. Hold onto the bars and front brake.
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post #5 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 02:17 PM
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For once in my life I foresaw the problem and bought one of the top case mounting kits from Adventure Moto - a great piece of engineering. This particular plate allows you to adjust the setback on the top trunk and still leave you plenty of room to mount up easily.

From riding my 1.25 inch taller than stock KLR650, I've developed the "Dualsport Two Step". That is where you hold the left hand grip with your left hand and face the back of the bike. Now you swing your right leg backwards (toward the front of the bike) and as you start forward, you gracefully pivot around on the ball of your left foot while continuing to lift your right leg high enough to clear the bike.

Please note - this is an "advanced move" and could cause damage to parts of your previously undamaged anatomy.

However I find it much more comfortable then the previously employed "Pommel Mount" as I once watch Roy Rogers use. The rack on top of my Givi is quite unrelenting!

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 02:18 PM
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I'm about as flexible as a 2X4. I'm not particularly long legged, either. This is what works for me...

With the bike on the side stand, put your left foot on the left footpeg, grab the handlebars and hang on to them, stand up on the left peg and swing your right leg over the trunk, tailpack, passenger, whatever. Bring your right foot down to right footpeg and plant your ass in the saddle. You're in the pilot's seat, easy-peasy!

The sidestand and footpeg will support you - it has no trouble with me and I'm not too small (230-235). I've done both the "poke my foot through an imaginary hole" and the "grab my pants leg and lift my foot up" thing. Standing on the left peg is far easier to do, it's safer (You won't knock your bike over, then fall on it - don't ask!), and it looks far more stylish than grabbing your pant leg and hoisting your leg over the saddle.
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post #7 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 03:55 PM
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Whichever way you do it, grab a handful of front brake first.

I do the grab my leg thing when I'm wearing heavy winter gear. I also do the stand on footpeg thing, but only with the centerstand. I don't trust the sidestand to hold the bike, nevermind my weight too.

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post #8 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 04:09 PM
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I'm no giant - <5'10 - and I have no problem mounting the bike with the top box on. As you know from all the center stand threads, don't attempt this on the center stand - 99% of the time you want the bike off the center stand before you mount. I leave the side stand down, mount the bike, straiten the bike off the stand, then raise the stand. Is your top box out over your back seat? How big is it?

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post #9 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 04:46 PM
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now that you have a centrestand, you're in like Flynn. the centrestand will hold your weight and will support you will you mount the pegs. grab both handgrips if you can and lock the front brake, then as you climb onto the bike put some weight on the right handgrip and lock the brake. this will make sure the bike doesn't tip to the left.

i would never use the sidestand to support myself and the bike. but go for it. i usually place my right knee on top of the saddle and slide my foot and lower leg across it. even with the top case this works.
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post #10 of 17 Old 05-16-2007, 05:20 PM
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I mount from the right hand side. When I stand on the foot peg the side stand does not really hold much of my weight because the bike tends to try to balance a bit. It does however look like I am trying to kick start the engine when I do this.
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