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Tips for parking in the dirt?

I'm very inexperienced on riding off road with a motorcycle. But I've been off roading in Jeeps for 20 years. So the skill is coming quickly as I know how to read the road and look for holes etc. Starting to get comfortable and seem to have the feel. Sure Ill crash 5 times tomorrow now that I said that.

However I just can't get comfortable parking and dismounting. I always feel like its going to tip right over as I dismount or mount. I pick my spots, make sure they are flat, try and find a rock to put the stand on. Or is it just the way it is? Any tips?
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Some people carry something to put under the stand. Others may add something semi-permanent to the stand to make it bigger.

Personally, I intend to get a kickstand plate for about 15 bucks on ebay or something.
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Just cool off with a cold one, flatten it and put the kickstand on it.

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i use the cover plate for a junction box (about $0.47 at lowes) as a fat foot for the kick stand and never had an issue parking offroad
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Find a small piece of wood, a flat rock, or anything else you can find to put under the side stand to give it a bit larger footprint. If you plan on parking in those conditions often, I'd invest in a plate that attaches to the stand.
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I've put a MotoWerk Flatfoot on both my Versys 650 & 1000. On my FJR i used this.....

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I'm a road warrior, but I've always carried some type of kickstand plate for all my bikes, just for the times I park in hot asphalt, grass, dirt or gravel. Most have had a string so you can deploy/retract the plate while sitting in the seat. On my Versys, I've also installed the kickstand foot from Motowerk. Not the cheapest option, but it works great. For me, it's mainly for added confidence while mounting/dismounting 'cuz I'm only 5'9" so I do the ol' "foot on left peg, swing other leg over" routine.
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Went out shooting again this morning. Think I figured out something to help.

Getting on and off on the non kickstand "high" side. That way no extra weight gets put on the unstable kickstand. Seemed to be much more mental "okay" for me when I got on the bike after shooting today.
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I keep a chinese aftermarket voltage regulator for a KLR in my tank bag. When i park on hot asphalt or soft earth i drop it on the ground and put the kickstand on it. Works better than a beer can and it works a lot better for that than as a voltage regulator. Lol!
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easiest is to attach a kickstand foot enlarger, then you don't have to worry so much about it. (but it still should be in the back of your mind.) otherwise, have a small piece of wood, plastic, or metal with you to put under the foot (attached to a string). some people look for an old tin can, or rock laying around where they park. i've never tipped over with my big foot from motowerks.
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...However I just can't get comfortable parking and dismounting. I always feel like its going to tip right over as I dismount or mount. I pick my spots, make sure they are flat, try and find a rock to put the stand on. Or is it just the way it is? Any tips?
Here's a tip - ALWAYS ensure that there's NOT a 'low-spot' where your right foot will go, and NOT a HIGH spot where your sidestand is going.... [You should be able to figure out WHERE this story came from....]
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WHERE this story came from....]
Are you following me with a video camera????

I actually did dump it my second time off road back in January. Went to put my right foot down and found a hole. Having 100 pounds of ammo and guns on the back didn't help any.

I should just take my truck to the range, but dang it I like my bike!
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Are you following me with a video camera????

I actually did dump it my second time off road back in January. Went to put my right foot down and found a hole. Having 100 pounds of ammo and guns on the back didn't help any....
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