Loading a passenger, bike with big panniers: passenger first?
I'm going to be taking a newbie passenger on a rather long trip, and my Wee will be wearing its Pelican cases to carry our gear.
I have lots of experience riding solo and 2-up, and I've found that even experienced passengers have a hard time mounting this bike with the bags in place. I relocated the pegs forward, and mounted the bags back a bit, but still it takes a nimble passenger to get up & over the bags.
I've seen several riders on the full-dress tourers (Goldwing, Harley Ultra Classic, etc.) where the passenger mounts first and dismounts last, and it seems to work quite well. The rider puts the bike on the side stand (in gear, I would imagine), and dismounts, thus allowing the passenger to slide forward and climb off the lower rider's seat.
I must admit that mounting the passenger first looks rather dicey, but it seems that my side stand is consistently stronger than I think it is. We are both rather light weight (me: 160, her: 140), so I doubt we'll overwhelm the stand if it's done gently.
Any other thoughts/tips?
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