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post #1 of 37 Old 06-08-2010, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to mount up for two-up with side cases

I am taking my wife on our first two-up ride this weekend. We have both been on the bike for spins around the neighborhood...but getting on the thing with the side cases has always been a bit awkward.

Any tips would be helpful. If I get on first, and slide forward she basically has to climb on my back to clear the side boxes.

Then I understand it's not ideal for her to get on first when it's on the side stand of center stand...but that has been the easiest.

What do you guys do?

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Rider on first. Passenger pats riders shoulder ( getting on or off) to let you know that they are going to mount/dismount. Passenger places left hand on riders shoulder, left foot on peg ( or rights if mounting from right side) and swings leg over "horse style". I make sure of the pat on the shoulder thing, so I can grab the bars and not be surprised.
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The passenger should also try and keep his/her weight towards the centre of the bike. Nothing worse than someone "hiking out" as they get on. Saw a friend almost dump a Goldwing into a row of Goldwings when his passenger got on. He was starining so hard to keep the bike up that there were veins standing out everywhere.

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My wife is tall at 6"3, so I get her mount in the rider's position first with the bike in gear. Then, while I hold the handbar and make sure the bike doesn't move forward off the stand, she shuffles back into the passenger position. With her weight on the rear seat, the bike is sufficiently low for me to do a forward leg over to get into the rider's position.

Next trick is to get the sidestand up, so we both lean to the right with a leg down each and I raise the sidestand. Then I centre the bike and she puts her feet up on the passenger pegs and we're ready to go.

It may read a little complicated, but we've got it down to a fine art now. At her height, there is no safe way for her to get up after me on the left passenger peg to swing a leg over without throwing me and the bike off balance.

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If you don't need the cases and haven't much experience riding 2-up then definitely ditch the cases. If you make it difficult for your passenger then you will end up riding solo.
I consider myself very fortunate that my wife enjoys riding with me. I've got over 50,000km on the Vee and more than 10,000km is with her aboard. Do whatever it takes to get both of you comfortable riding together before you struggle with cases in the way. A secure top case, like a Hepco & Becker with a back rest pad might help.

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Rider on first. Passenger pats riders shoulder ( getting on or off) to let you know that they are going to mount/dismount. Passenger places left hand on riders shoulder, left foot on peg ( or rights if mounting from right side) and swings leg over "horse style". I make sure of the pat on the shoulder thing, so I can grab the bars and not be surprised.
I agree with this except for the right side part.

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I agree with this except for the right side part.
Ditto, never mount from the right.

Side cases or no sidecases, they don't seem to affect our process. I ride with my wife or one of my two daughters a lot, they know the drill. Keep the weight low. You as the rider must anticipate the fact that they will forget this fact. Make sure both feet are solidly planted.

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The way a 'strom carries it's side cases (far forward) makes it impossible for my 5'4" wife to mount after I'm on. We also do the 'she gets on first, slides back, then me' thing. I don't know any other way to do it. The bags are just too close to the passenger pegs.

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The way a 'strom carries it's side cases (far forward) makes it impossible for my 5'4" wife to mount after I'm on. We also do the 'she gets on first, slides back, then me' thing. I don't know any other way to do it. The bags are just too close to the passenger pegs.
What side cases do you have? My wife says "there's not much room" but she can still use the left peg to step up.


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Rider on first. Passenger pats riders shoulder ( getting on or off) to let you know that they are going to mount/dismount. Passenger places left hand on riders shoulder, left foot on peg ( or rights if mounting from right side) and swings leg over "horse style". I make sure of the pat on the shoulder thing, so I can grab the bars and not be surprised.
Agreed on this method.
Actually, I want more than a quick pat on the shoulder. If she doesn't get an acknowledgment from me with at least a nod of the head, it means "do not make a move, I am not ready for it". We almost dumped a few times when she thought just letting me know was enough. You may need a moment to be sure of your footing and brace yourself.
As to actually mounting and dismounting it means she's got to be a bit limber to swing her leg over the top case as well. Takes a bit of practice. It is a good idea to practice a bit with side cases off to get the hang of it. Then introduce the side cases as you both get more proficient.

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