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I added side cases to my 2014 Vstrom 650. Now it’s hard to get off and on sometimes. Question, is it safe or ok for the bike if I stand on left peg with my left foot and then throw my right leg over? Kinda like getting on a horse. I only have a side stand and only have done it on a hard surface. Can the stand or stand bracket bend or break?
 

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Thanks for the thread, hank122. I did a search but could not find anything. That answers my question.
 

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the side stand mount can be damaged and or break from what i understand
the trick to this to to get on from the right peg thus unloading the weight on the side stand
i am a heavy guy 280 and have been using the peg from day one
 

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I get on using the left peg and try to keep my weight towards the center. also been doing this for years.
 

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Did it on my Dr650 and now the Vstrom.
I'm not a big guy but as said try and centre the weight.
In the garage the bike is near the wall so I lean on the wall with my should to take the weight off.

Harry
 

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With bags and a top box or pillion bag it's not possible for me to ever 'swing' a leg over. I always mount from the high side(right). Grab the right handle bar grip, squeeze the front brake to keep the bike from rolling, lean back and stab your left foot(like a front kick) straight over the saddle. Once you get used to it, it's pretty easy.
 

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The sales guy at the motorcycle shop where I bought my 2014 DL650 taught me to do it the way the OP described, for that same reason. I've been doing it that way consistently for over two years with no problems. I do take care to stay balanced swinging my leg over. I try not to pull the bike to the left, but rather go straight up and then over. The way I do it, I don't think it puts much more weight on the side stand.
 
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