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post #1 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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For those that ride 2-up

I am having some trouble with the way my wife is getting on the bike. (notice how I said "I" am haveing trouble...not "she" is having trouble...25 years taught me a few things) Anyway, When she gets on, I really have to muscle up to keep us upright. This isn't the first bike I've owned, or that we have ridden together, and my last bike, a KLR, she could get on and off with very little balancing problems for me. Anyone know why she feels so heavy on this one?

BTW...after she is one, eveything is great, but the on and off is tough.
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Do you have side cases on ther Strom?

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I mount first, lean way forward and brace bike upright. Wife puts left foot on left side peg, pushes fairly hard on my back and lifts right leg over rear case. When side cases are on, she basically crawls over the cases, rather difficult then. I am 6 ft and can flat foot the bike easily. Are you unable to flatfoot? If you cannot do this, try bracing bike while on the sidestand while passenger mounts or maybe parking adjacent to a curb?

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No special tricks here...but this is what I/we do:
1) bike on level ground with my feet firmly planted
2) front brake applied to keep from rolling
3) she steps on peg and is holding onto me, and as when her full weight is applied to the peg, I counter her weight by leaning the bike to the right (she gets on from the left side)

I also tell her to make it one smooth motion (the best she can) once she starts. That way I only have to deal with the initial weight shift one time.
She also has to get on between me and a topcase (her backrest).

Works every time.

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I mount first, lean way forward and brace bike upright. Wife puts left foot on left side peg, pushes fairly hard on my back and lifts right leg over rear case. When side cases are on, she basically crawls over the cases, rather difficult then. I am 6 ft and can flat foot the bike easily. Are you unable to flatfoot? If you cannot do this, try bracing bike while on the sidestand while passenger mounts or maybe parking adjacent to a curb?
We do similar.

But I keep the sidestand deployed even though I am holding the bike upright [if I lose the balance of the bike at least it won't land on top of the Mrs. in a stationary fall], and I keep the front brake locked on as well.

Another option is to leave the bike on the sidestand, get her to mount as if she is the rider then slide back to the pillion seat.
Once she is on you do the "leg up and hop" to get on to the seat, then lift the bike off the stand [my Mrs. has done this but for some reason doesn't like sitting on the pillion seat at an angle while I get on the bike in front of her ]

And of course, practice practice practice, you will get better at it [I had trouble for a while when I first got the Wee].

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post #7 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, we do it the same as most of you, and it has worked well on all my other bikes, but for some reason she feels heavy with this one. I don't have any trouble standing flat foot, so thats not an issue. It almost seems like she isn't putting her weight over the bike as she gets on. Might try the side stand trick to see if that works better. A quick slip of the clutch and blip of the throttle will get her off the bike easily enough, but haven't figured out and easy way to get her on.
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My in-laws used to ride two-up a lot, but when the MIL pulled the bike over getting on one day (a Vulcan no less!) and thereafter refused to ride. Just HOW she pulled over the Vulcan, also considering the FIL is a very experienced 2U rider, quite strong and they'd been doing this for years, I have NO idea. I suspect she leant back away from the bike rather than centering her weight on it, but she's also kind of uncoordinated (and not a feather weight ) so I really don't know.

Just had a thought, make sure she's pushing up with the leg on the peg rather than pulling with her arms. Pulling on your shoulders rather than steadying herself on them will make things much harder.

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The wife and I have had a little 2up riding... I'm 5' 11.5" but only have a 30" inseam, so I can be flat footed only on very flat surfaces. My wife is 5' even and we are both on the heavy side. When she climbs up, she puts all her weight on the left foot peg and throws her right leg over the bike. It's some trick with the panniers on (no top box) and the rubber on the left peg may get twisted up from time to time.

I brace myself and hold onto the handle bar... almost like counter steering to account for the shift of weight.

If the riding surface if sloped and I can't be flat, we look for a curb, large rock, etc., so I can plant my feet solid. Then I actually don't sit, but straddle the bike, squeeze my legs tight to the bike and counter steer as she shifts onto the bike.

Works for us so far
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It gets a little tricky with the side cases but my girlfriend always just mounts it like a horse and it seems to work well.

I.e. She'll put the left foot on the left peg then swing her right leg over.

We've also tried having her get on while the bike is on the center stand then sliding back. This way doesn't work well I'd you're parked on any kind of up hill. DAMHIK. :mrgreen:
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