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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.
Old age isn't pretty!
 

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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...:smile2:
 

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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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Hmm, do yourself an easy favor: get someone strong to hold the bike or help you get it up on the center stand while you check the tightness of the sidestand bolt. they tend to loosen up a bit on the stroms.
 

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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.

Maybe I can suggest something to help with getting the bike on the center stand by yourself.

Momentum. Rock the bike forward and back a bit while your foot is on the center stand (bike in neutral of course. I leave the side stand down). The way I do it is hold on to the left side of the handlebar with my left hand and passenger grab rail with my right. Foot on the center stand enough to make contact with the ground.

Roll the bike back a bit until you feel resistance from the center stand. Let it roll back off and forward than right back. Repeat. I usually takes me a couple of times to get the timing right but when it is right I don't need to apply much pressure on the stand just having some weight on it is enough. Goes right up.


Hope this helps.
 

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At 260 pounds with 30" inseams, I use the horse mount. If you are worried about the side stand stress, mount from the opposite side. That way you are unloading the side stand and not stressing it. I will mount from either side. Be careful mounting from the off side that you don't tip the bike. Just a little practice is all you need.
 

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It took some getting used to with a 46 litre top case and the Givi 22 side panniers. A few scuffs on the boxes later I just learned to swing that leg up like a 1920's broadway dancer!

I guess it helps that I do Thai Kickboxing 5 days a week to keep nimble :grin2:
 

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" leave the bike in gear too which I do by using the side stand to kill the motor."

I typically just dump the clutch in gear while holding the front brake. Then I use the side stand. Doncha hate it when the bike tries to roll away in neutral?
Your difficulty using the centerstand may be due to the brand of centerstand. The SW Motech is easy for me to deploy even with a full load of travel stuff.
My BMW G650GS is a POS to use the centerstand even unloaded and it weighs 70 pounds less that the stock Wee Strom.
 

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'How To' Centerstand Videos

Here are a couple How To videos that hopefully will help.



Check out YouTube for a bunch of centerstand 'How To' videos.

Good Luck!!! :smile2:
 

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Some bikes are (a lot) harder to get on the centerstand then others. (old BMW airheads had a very long throw up onto their stands; my DR650 stand has no foot to stand on and no place to conveniently grab the bike.)

If you find yours to be tough, try this: carry a small 1" block of wood with you, roll the bike backwards up onto it and then try putting it up on the stand from there.

..............shu
 

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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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I'm rolling with the Vee2 Suzuki factory side bags and a Givi 52L top case.

This is my favorite way to do it too. Although sometimes it is loaded enough that swinging the leg still gets caught on things. For those times I do a sort-of-a side kick. Standing with the left foot on the left footpeg, bring your knee up as high as you can and shoot the foot directly over the driver seat. When loaded up I will dismount the same way but in reverse (standing up on the left footpeg with the side stand down).

I have heard many poo-poo the standing on the footpeg while on the side stand method as well. Maybe the Wee has a smaller side stand, but the Vee2 with AdventureTech's awesome side stand foot enlarger is plenty stout. I've also heard some suggest doing this method from the other side of the bike (standing on the right footpeg). I've tried that and could swear that enough load was removed from the side stand that it was about roll off it. It never fell over in about a dozen tries, but it made me nervous enough several times that I don't do it any more.

+1 on parking the bike in 1st gear. I always park the Vee2 in first gear and use the side stand to kill the motor. Lately I will put the side stand down and after the motor stops I'll let out the clutch and push the bike forward to take up any slack in the drivetrain before setting it on the side stand. That way it cannot roll forward (and off the side stand) at all. It could only roll backward which deploys the side stand, not folds it.
 
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