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post #1 of 33 Old 04-09-2019, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting and dismounting with hard side bags and top case.

I took a ride today on my Wee with the 45 liter Givi top case on the bike and the 20 liter soft Nelson Rigg saddlebags. I've ridden a few times with just the top box but this was the first time that I rode the bike with all of the luggage on it. I noticed that my right foot hung up on the top of the right saddlebag each time I got on the bike when swinging my leg over. My legs are long with a 34" inseam and I have to fold my right leg up pretty good to not hit the top case when getting on. Also, with a Sargent seat, the seat is higher and wider than stock which also complicates this process too. I tried putting the handlebars in a full lock position to the right to give me more upper body room and that seemed to help. I want to get a set of hard bags to give me more storage but I am concerned with being able to get on and off the bike.

I know this may be a dumb question but what are you fellow riders' techniques for getting on and off with say about 35 liter hard bags? I don't mind struggling a bit but if some of you could pass on some tips, I would appreciate it.

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well friend, i'm 5'5" with a 28" inseam and manage to get my leg over with 38L touratech panniers and top case mounted. i'm also not very nimble. occasionally, after a long stretch in the saddle, gettin off can be awkward.

try facing the bike, lifting your right leg and extending it over the seat, then shuffle forward. or, mount it horse style by stepping on peg with left foot. but of course someone is gonna come along and say that the last method is bad for the sidestand. i do it and if it breaks, i'l buy a new one or a new bike.
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I have the Nelson Rigg wide bags on a Strom with racks that make it really wide. I've never had an issue with the top box. With the camping U-pack on the seat I have to thread through the gap of the seat. Put the bugger on the center stand and use the footrest to help mount the bike or do the dork dance and trust your right leg through the gap and hope for the best.
It gets even worser as you get older and less flexible. Sometime i have to lift my leg to point it in the right direction.
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At 83 what Notacop said ...
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Thanks team. I just went in the garage and tried the "get on the horse" method and that will work fine. I was hesitant to try that but with TeeVee's encouragement I gave it a shot. I think it helps to leave the bike in gear too which I do by using the side stand to kill the motor. Had the thing roll off the side stand when I first got it and I got power slammed by a 500# linebacker. Unfortunately, due to some medical problems, the center stand method will not work for me because I can't get the bike on the center stand. I have to get my wife to roll the bike backwards as I step on the center stand tab to clean and lube my chain. Notacop and OC - I'm 63 but seem to have lost a lot of strength and flexibility but I ain't giving up. Now that I can get past this problem, I need to order some side cases.

Thanks again for the tips.
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You will find it a lot better on the side stand with bike in gear, hold on to the left handle bar with left hand slide foot thru the middle of seat. Good luck...
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Mounting and dismounting with hard side bags and top case.

Left foot on the left peg, grab front brake, stand up swing right leg over the bike.
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Left foot on the left peg, grab front brake, stand up swing right leg over the bike.
https://youtu.be/s07hML6bJOA

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Thats what I do.. Just like mounting a horse...
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Thanks guys. I guess that I always thought the horse mount was a no-no but I see it is an accepted method for getting on a tall bike. Highway - that video is really good especially using the guy's shadow for the demonstration.

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My 'vertically challenged' BIL had a KLR650 with full luggage and had the same 'mounting' problem. When I suggested the horse mounting method it worked beautifully.

Important: Make sure the bike is pushed forward to remove all driveline slack so it can't inch forward and off the side stand, during the mounting process.
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