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Does anyone find it necessary to step onto the left footpeg to mount the Versys?is the kickstand, presuming to be on level, solid footing, strong enough for this method? At 5'11, I find the seat quite a challenge to lift a leg over otherwise.
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Just depends. I'm a bigger guy 5"11 3/4 and 240lbs and usually just throw a leg over, if I'm running my trunk I have to Van Damme it, but sometimes just do the peg trick. I have the lowering blocks and am somewhat weary of sheering one off with my weight. Never had a problem with the kickstand.
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With my top bag on, even at 6'3", I find it easier to mount based on what I've read on other forums here - mount from the right peg. If you grab the handle bars first, it acts as a counter-balance and the bike hardly moves.
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Nope. I just swing the old leg over at high velocity and hope for the best.
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Just depends. I'm a bigger guy 5"11 3/4 and 240lbs and usually just throw a leg over, if I'm running my trunk I have to Van Damme it, but sometimes just do the peg trick. I have the lowering blocks and am somewhat weary of sheering one off with my weight. Never had a problem with the kickstand.


My weight went back and forth from 275 to 340lbs while i had the Versys. I had the Motowerks Peg Lowering Blocks and stood while riding all the time. No issues

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Thanks for the replies

It sounds like the kick stand would be strong enough for a 200 pound guy to mount by stepping on the left footpeg. I don't yet have a Versys, but, at 5'11 with a 32 inch inseam, found it rather difficult to mount by swinging my right leg over my friends Versys. I did it, but sure felt the strain in the muscles on my left leg afterwards. Guess I could also try the right side technique mentioned, but I have always mounted bikes from the left.
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I'm 5'11" and I either step through (if there is luggage strapped on the rear seat) or swing a leg over. The GIVI V35s stay on the bike all the time.

I grab the left grip with my left hand when getting on the bike.

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My weight went back and forth from 275 to 340lbs while i had the Versys. I had the Motowerks Peg Lowering Blocks and stood while riding all the time. No issues
I'm also hovering ~320 and have no problems with the motowerks lowering kit...I'm actually planning on removing the kit soon as I find the time, but that's because the bike just feels short with it on (to me).
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I sit on my bike all the time while on the kickstand.. use pegs to get on and off some times... no problem when loaded up..


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Does anyone find it necessary to step onto the left footpeg to mount the Versys?is the kickstand, presuming to be on level, solid footing, strong enough for this method? At 5'11, I find the seat quite a challenge to lift a leg over otherwise.
As others mention - from the right side works PDG!

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Left side peg is my standard mount/dismount. I'm 5'8" and 195.

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I'm around 205, I've done the left side peg mount. But I've watched the amount of flex I get at the kickstand, and have since decided I'll just throw my leg over.
I guess I have a mental block about mounting from the right, I just can't do it.
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6'3", 34" inseam, 62 years old. I can get my leg over from the left side with E21 bags with bike on the kickstand. It is a bit of a stretch. It's a lot easier without bags. I have a dallasdon centerstand, with that deployed I must mount via the left peg.

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I'm around 205, I've done the left side peg mount. But I've watched the amount of flex I get at the kickstand, and have since decided I'll just throw my leg over.
I guess I have a mental block about mounting from the right, I just can't do it.
I NEEDED someone standing by the FIRST time I mounted from the right ('cause my brain was sayin' that the bike would "stand-up" then fall to the right - but it DIDN'T), and now I use it as required. The IMPORTANT part is to transfer your left hand to the left grip ASAP, which pulls your weight that direction.

I REALLY like the fact that it seems as tho' you "unload" the sidestand a bit when you come from the right.

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5'7 210lbs here. I mount regularly by swinging the right leg over the seat

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