I'm an old, short guy at 5' 7"...but still am able to mount my V by kicking my leg straight up (as if you are kicking something waist high) and over the seat. This technique is especially useful if the passenger seat is loaded. Even on an unloaded V, I don't trust the side stand enough to stand on the peg.
2009 GREEN Versys
2006 Yellow Pearl H-D VRSCR Street Rod
2010 Scarlet Red H-D FXDF Fat Bob
Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.