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I'll be going on a trip with my girlfriend next week, riding two up several hours, fully loaded with luggage. I've ridden with her on the back, but never with luggage too.

At 5'9 I'm just barely able to flatfoot the bike, and to be honest, she isn't the most graceful at mounting it either.

I'm concerned that with her needing to climb over the side cases, etc..I may struggle to keep the bike level while she mounts.

Is the Strom's kickstand strong enough to put down for extra stability while she gets on the rear seat? I'd guess that together we're probably ~310 pounds, and throw in another 40 of gear for ~350 together.

If the kickstand isn't strong enough, any recommendations for how we can do it in a more stable manner when fully loaded?
 

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Whatever you do, it will be tricky and requires some good instructions and practice.

Can you flat-foot the bike if you're standing up a bit? Bum off the seat but keeping the bike squeezed between your legs? That may just give you the stability you need. It may also give your GF a bit more space to clear the luggage while getting on and off.

The other part of doing this properly is to brief your GF that she should avoid any sideways force on either you or the bike. So she's got to bring her upper body over the seat first, holding on to your shoulders if necessary. Then step on the peg, bring her weight up and slowly and carefully get in position above the seat, before letting herself down. If necessary, use the backrest for vertical support but don't pull on it horizontally.

Your GF is a keeper by the way, if the two of you together are able to go on a long-ish trip with only 40 pounds of gear between you.;)
 

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We've done exactly what you're suggesting, using the mounting method that @BackPacker is describing, and we're considerably bigger than you are (a combined 400 pounds). @PerazziMx14 is right though, it is harder to get the bike upright that way. Teach her to mount as @BackPacker suggests, then try to hold the bike level as you normally would, but leave the kickstand down in case she pulls you over. It will hold you.
 

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I spin my L2 around on the kickstand. Hasn't bent yet!

Not sure where the bend/break limit is though.
 

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+1 on BackPakcer's recommendation, bike should be upright and stable before the passenger mounts. Passenger should mount facing the left side of the bike straight on, using the left footpeg as a step and holding onto your left shoulder for stability. Passenger helmet on before mounting always.
 

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Yeah, follow Back*** recommendations, and before you guys start your "mounting exercise", park your bike to have some kind of a fence or wall on the right hand side, just in case. (y)
 

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To answer your question, yes, the kickstand can take the weight. But honestly, not being able to flat-foot is more reason to level the bike before she climbs on. I usually hold the front brake to steady the bike more as a passenger climbs on.
 

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Generally, it is considered easier to mount one's pillion with the kickstand in the up position, but different strokes and all...:censored:

Realistically, using the kickstand can prevent a minor event from cascading into a major incident. You can use the combination of your strength holding the bike, the front brake and the kickstand acting as a stiffener.

Rather than place all the weight of the motorcycle, rider and passenger on the kickstand, you simply allow one side of the triangle to be anchored, if that makes sense, allowing the passenger to mount/dismount in a predictable fashion.

My wife and I have used this technique on our 650 for several years of two-up travel. About the only real issue we have had is the pillion foot peg rubber gets dislodged occasionally.
 
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Wifey and I with full gear are probably same weight as you and when I bring her with me there is much more weight in the aluminum side cases as she brings lots of stuff! I am 6 ft with 32 inch inseam so an advantage to flatfoot and she is 5ft 7. I mount bike, flip up sidestand and lean forward with right hand on the brake to steady myself and she hops on, pressing on my back to steady herself. Leaving the side stand down in case you can’t control the bike as a backup is fine and it is strong enough but I suggest you hold the bike upright rather than leaving it on the sidestand.
 

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I would have a good look at the stand first, over the years there has been many reports of stand problems but as you can see there is also many that don't.

If your stand is at a good angle now it should be OK but if your stand is kicked out further than it should the problem will get worse.
 
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Wifey and I with full gear are probably same weight as you and when I bring her with me there is much more weight in the aluminum side cases as she brings lots of stuff! I am 6 ft with 32 inch inseam so an advantage to flatfoot and she is 5ft 7. I mount bike, flip up sidestand and lean forward with right hand on the brake to steady myself and she hops on, pressing on my back to steady herself. Leaving the side stand down in case you can’t control the bike as a backup is fine and it is strong enough but I suggest you hold the bike upright rather than leaving it on the sidestand.
This is what my wife and I do, and I'm quite a bit shorter than nuke, though with the same inseam. The key is the rider leans way forward and low over the tank to allow my wife enough room to swing her leg over avoiding the luggage. As nuke noted, my wife steadies herself with her hand on my (lower) back as she mounts.

I would think that that having the bike leaned over onto to the side stand for this maneuver could easily lead to disaster, and I don't know if I would be able to lift the bike with her additional weight up to straight on its wheels.

.................shu
 

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I always have the pillion mount up while the bike is on the side stand. I've always done this with all my bikes. I have a 29" inseam and am on tippy toes so holding the bike up without the side stand is precarious. Once my pillion is seated, I give the bike a quick yank to the right, pop the stand up and off we go. I've carried some pretty big passengers as I do motorcycle escort for the Ironman triathlons and the photogs and all their gear usually weigh more then I do.
 

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Since I always had a top box, my wife couldn’t swing her leg over. She couldn’t step over because of the panniers.

Our solution was to have bike on side stand. She would mount to the riders seat, then stand up and relocate to the passenger seat, while I held the bike. I would then step over the seat, to mount.

No problem getting it off the side stand. We rode enough that she knew to lean to the right until the bike was off the stand. Our total weight was around 350 lbs.
 

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I'll be going on a trip with my girlfriend next week, riding two up several hours, fully loaded with luggage. I've ridden with her on the back, but never with luggage too.

At 5'9 I'm just barely able to flatfoot the bike, and to be honest, she isn't the most graceful at mounting it either.

I'm concerned that with her needing to climb over the side cases, etc..I may struggle to keep the bike level while she mounts.

Is the Strom's kickstand strong enough to put down for extra stability while she gets on the rear seat? I'd guess that together we're probably ~310 pounds, and throw in another 40 of gear for ~350 together.

If the kickstand isn't strong enough, any recommendations for how we can do it in a more stable manner when fully loaded?
Kickstand is strong enough issue is if suspension sags deep you won't be able to take it off kickstand without leaning it right too far.. make sure it's possible
 

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I would endorse Nashcat’s method. I actually think the kickstand is pretty strong. My wife worries about the bike falling over. Once she has got onto the riders position and then shuffled back to the passenger seat, I’ve pulled quite hard on the bike (on the left side) to show her that the bike is pretty stable with her sitting on the back and the bike on the kickstand. I then get on the bike (obviously I can’t swing my leg over the back) so have to lift my leg up and go straight over the rider’s seat, which is a bit of an athletic manoeuvre! I find the main risk with the kickstand is that it flips up very easily if the bike rolls forward, so it’s best if the bike is in gear when going through all these manoeuvres. Once on the bike, engage front brake before kicking up the stand. With two passengers and fully loaded one has to lean the bike surprisingly far to the right to free the kickstand. Getting off the bike is a reversal of the mounting procedure - I get off first, then my wife shuffles forward and dismounts from the rider position. BTW, following a knee replacement when I lost some flexibility, I tend to put my left foot on the left foot peg and then swing my other leg over the top box, so for a moment, all my weight it on the left foot peg and the bike is supported by the kickstand.
 

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Do you have a center stand? Mount in rider's section then scoot back. She can hold front brake and mount like a horse, then you mount and ride away.

Otherwise, leave kickstand down while you are seated and upright, then she mounts. Will give a cushion in case it starts to tip. Rarely carry a passenger, but has worked for me. Passenger needs to understand bikes though. Had a passenger nearly pull me over once years ago..
 

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I tour, camping gear and all, with my girlfriend frequently. I've come to the conclusion that I use my arms a lot more than my legs when she gets on the bike. If I brace the bike with my arms, it puts little additional force on my feet, handy if you're on gravel. Personally I wouldn't use the kickstand. That thing is fairly crappy to begin with, lot's of people end up replacing them or modifying them, and I wouldn't make that situation worse.
 

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I'll be going on a trip with my girlfriend next week, riding two up several hours, fully loaded with luggage. I've ridden with her on the back, but never with luggage too.

At 5'9 I'm just barely able to flatfoot the bike, and to be honest, she isn't the most graceful at mounting it either.

I'm concerned that with her needing to climb over the side cases, etc..I may struggle to keep the bike level while she mounts.

Is the Strom's kickstand strong enough to put down for extra stability while she gets on the rear seat? I'd guess that together we're probably ~310 pounds, and throw in another 40 of gear for ~350 together.

If the kickstand isn't strong enough, any recommendations for how we can do it in a more stable manner when fully loaded?
just be aware that with the kick stand out it back bottom out.
 

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I am 5ft 8in, I lower my bike a little and bought a Suzuki seat that gives 3/4 of inch lower.
I wrote a post on it back in 2017.
 
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