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How to "enter" a V with dignity

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As above. I'm 180 cm tall and find it a bit difficult to enter the V with just panniers

With a top box I probably have to "help" my right leg with my hand to get in the saddle. Embarrasing

Or should I practising kung-fu kicks with my right leg (56 years old)

Tips please
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I'm 1.88m and don't hgave a problem getting on, but I regularly clunk the right pannier on getting off.

my technique is to grab both handles lean forward, bend leg and slide over the seat. It can be a problem if there is a bag strapped to the seat both getting on and off.

dismounting is in essence similar
grab both handles, lean forward and do whats required.

but considering I'm wearing bike gear + helmet + gloves I don't know if its possibel to get on or off a bike with 'dignity'
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I don't know about dignity, but I use the pegs to get on just as I if I was mounting my iron horse!!!

Doesn't look cool, but gets the job done with my hard cases and top case.
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I don't know about dignity, but I use the pegs to get on just as I if I was mounting my iron horse!!!

Doesn't look cool, but gets the job done with my hard cases and top case.
Me too. I always get on (and off) with the bike on its sidestand, step up onto the left peg, swing my right foot over (or through) the seat area, onto the right foot peg, sit down, straighten up the bike with my feet on the ground, swing up the sidestand and go.
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Thank you so far

Iīve started a similar discussion here:

http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?op...5&topic=6320.0

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I don't know about dignity, but I use the pegs to get on just as I if I was mounting my iron horse!!!

Doesn't look cool, but gets the job done with my hard cases and top case.
+1 I do the same thing. Just make sure you hold the front brake while you mount the bike this way.

OP - Bending your knee and pressing your right foot against your ass will help get your leg over the seat without catching bags and such.
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I don't know about dignity, but I use the pegs to get on just as I if I was mounting my iron horse!!!

Doesn't look cool, but gets the job done with my hard cases and top case.
AAA+++, I learned this style with my KLR and it works even better on the Versys. I have a tail bag and Givi hard bags...no problem for a 67 year old no longer limber guy like me.
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I have been practicing putting my right leg forwards and over. That is to say, lift it toward the tank rather than making an arc around the rear end of the bike. I sometimes have to use my right hand to give my leg the initial boost, but with practice it has become easier than swinging around the back. Is it elegant? Can't say, but I guess that nothing I do with the Versys is elegant except when riding.
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i am a peg man too
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Kung-fu style here. I use the pegs as a last resort, which does occur sometimes if I'm loaded down with gear on the back for a trip. My struggles are aggravated by the reduction in range of motion that I get when wearing my Olympia Stealth riding suit. It puts a little hitch in my giddy-up.

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When I'm feeling particularly limber I'll kung fu it over my top box, but my typical mount consists of my griping the rear handle with my right hand, the handlebar with my left, and then stepping over the bike with my right leg. I am 6 foot even, my inseam is probably 31 inches or so. I'll probably have a go at the classic steed mounting technique mentioned above.

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Firstly, I salute all elderly bikers.
For their age and dedication for riding, hats off...my man.

Rode with many experience elderly bikers. I'm 38.
Notice many put their left foot on the left peg, step on it and swing their right left above the panniers. Hope it helps.

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Firstly, I salute all elderly bikers.
For their age and dedication for riding, hats off...my man.

Rode with many experience elderly bikers. I'm 38.
Notice many put their left foot on the left peg, step on it and swing their right left above the panniers. Hope it helps.
I did som tests yesterday ( hidden in my garage )

Right foot on the right peg works too. Itīs better for the sidestand I think.
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When I bought my BMW a while back... I visited many BMW dealers and try to get the best price...

The sales guys (all of them) said this is how you get on the bike with side bags... Right leg on right peg, swing your left leg over, straighten the bike, kick off the side stand.

I was never comfortable doing that... I just do what most people do, stand on the left, swing your right leg over without kicking the side bags.

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Here is the my entry on left side procedure I have also seen this work with short riders,too)

1. Place both hands on each handle grips.
2. Left foot on the left peg.
3. Step on left peg and press down
4. Slowly (slow motion) and swing the right leg above the panniers.
5. Safely mount the seat.

I am not too sure of entry on the right side though. Never tried.
Also motowerk's flatfoot would be a safety addition to the stand.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one with problems. I thought it was just me. I just have a tail bag, but I am also only 5' 9" and it was a problem at first, but I guess I generally have it down pretty good now. Grab the front brake, squeeze and lean forward and swing the leg over high. Probably looks foolish, but it works. Tough on nearly 59 year old knees though.
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For those of you that like to "stirrup" mount using the peg, I suggest that you place the bike in gear and roll the drivetrain forward to remove all slack before putting the kickstand down. This will help insure the bike won't roll off the sidestand. I have always parked my bikes in gear to keep them from rolling even though I don't stirrup mount. BTW, I'm 53 and luckily, I can still swing my leg over my tailbag although sometimes I have to help by grabbing my foot with my right hand.

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For those of you that like to "stirrup" mount using the peg, I suggest that you place the bike in gear and roll the drivetrain forward to remove all slack before putting the kickstand down.
An excellent reminder!
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Hope it helps to mount your iron horse. It's a klr but should work the same on the V.

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