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Title: Using the Side Stand
Post by: rubbertoe on December 10, 2020, 06:49:46 PM
  Do you think the side stand  is strong enough for this 200 pound rider to stand on to swing the other leg up and over the panniers to mount the bike?  Yes I have a centerstand and it is too hard to get the bike on without a board under the rear tire. Easy to do at home but not out and about.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: philmcglass on December 10, 2020, 07:35:49 PM
200lbs is about 90kg (my weight).
Do it all the time. No problem.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: GeoffS on December 10, 2020, 07:38:53 PM
Yep, do it all the time.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: hawkbox on December 10, 2020, 08:39:15 PM
That's how I do it every time.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: rubbertoe on December 10, 2020, 09:39:32 PM
Thanks for the replies I will try it out :002:
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: Londonglide on December 10, 2020, 10:07:17 PM
Using the footrest to mount the bike when on the sidestand was a revelation to me, after years of struggling to get on my old Steamer.
Never to old to learn..
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: hawkbox on December 10, 2020, 10:27:16 PM
I grew up riding horses and that's how you mount a saddle, it never even occurred to me people might not step up that way.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: rubbertoe on December 10, 2020, 11:19:39 PM
Well my concern is that the side stand may not be designed to take that kind of stress.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: hawkbox on December 10, 2020, 11:21:50 PM
I watch people pivot the entire motorbike on the side stand, I imagine it can take me stepping straight up on it.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: Stevie.P on December 11, 2020, 10:43:20 AM
I don't do it as a regular method, it depends on how the old limbs are acting and if luggage fitted but I'm probably nearer 220lbs in full bike gear and never had any doubts about the stands capability. :002:
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: Hollanddd on December 11, 2020, 01:12:27 PM
I was always nervous about doing this too being around 230lbs and quite short and now I almost always mount by standing on the higher peg (right hand side) and then swinging my left leg over so that my weight isn't directly on the sidestand, helps a bunch.

As for getting it onto the centrestand, I used to struggle a lot but then my much more experienced uncle-in-law helped me when we were out on a ride once and it really is about technique and now I can easily do it almost anywhere. So if you have anyone that might be able to help teach the technique, it is definitely worth asking.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: Q on December 11, 2020, 01:15:52 PM
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: JMc on December 11, 2020, 01:45:17 PM
Is there any other way.......9 years and no problems, even stays on the side stand when I'm on the bike and my pillion gets on, safer in my view.
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: posty on December 11, 2020, 03:22:09 PM
That video is amazing - some really cool tips which you might need one day including how to pick up the bike on your own, but for us shorter riders a few easy ways to mount - I usually stand on the LH footpeg anyway when mounting but I loved the rolling mount, which when I thought about it is the same way I often mount my mountain bike - gonna try that out!
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: hawkbox on December 11, 2020, 04:30:58 PM
Around 3 minutes in this video you can see various ways to mount a motorbike.

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Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: Q on December 11, 2020, 07:20:13 PM
*Originally Posted by posty [+]
That video is amazing - some really cool tips which you might need one day including how to pick up the bike on your own ...

glad you found it valuable :-)

don't do the "back-to-the-bike" pickup with a Tiger though - the Tiger lies very flat/horizontal whereas the BMW has two huge coffee tins on the side which act as fulcrums

best way IMO to pick-up a Tiger (from oft-repeated experience) is the "door-open" method whereby you open-up the front wheel to give you as much space as possible on the lifting side and then, using your legs from the squat position, lift on the handlebar with both hands, straight-back and walk into the bike

that works for the first two lifts, on the third you phone a friend and on the fourth you get out the camping gear and stay for the night :-)
Title: Re: Using the Side Stand
Post by: Derchef1962 on December 11, 2020, 08:26:29 PM
 Only thing I can say is that I exceed 100 kgs right now and with panniers I cannot mount the bike without stepping on the left hand footpeg and swing my right leg on the other side. Worked for 85,000 kms with no problems.