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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-28-2019, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Just a little question about driving with a passenger and then about how they get on the motorcycle.
My previous motorcycle was a honda deauville and there my wife could get on fairly easily, just one leg over the saddle and then slide until she sat on it. The versys 1000 is a bit higher so she can't get on anymore, so my wife will have to use the passenger supports. My wife is not tall but not the lightest (60-70 kg). My question now is whether the passenger support is strong enough to stand with one leg on it and therefore all the weight to be able to put the other leg over the saddle. .
I only ask this because I personally think that the tubes on which the supports are mounted do not seem really strong and may therefore bend or break off.
Someone some sugestion about how my wife can get on safely without damaging my motorcycle.

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I'm assuming your wife weighs less than I do...

Yes, they are strong enough.

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I have mine climb on while the bike is on the center stand, then I climb on after.

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I have mine climb on while the bike is on the center stand, then I climb on after.
and how to get off?

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I meant side stand... Oops.

To get off, she stands and swings a leg off. I try to find a curb or something for her to use as a step.

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I meant side stand... Oops.

To get off, she stands and swings a leg off. I try to find a curb or something for her to use as a step.
In the manual they write this: Do not sit on the motorcycle while it is on its side stand

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Yup.

Ever notice motorcycle riders tend to take risks?

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The side stand holds me up just fine. All 325 lbs. My wife weighs less than I do. There's no problem.

Heck... There are instructional videos out there on how to pivot the bike on the side stand. That's nearly 600 lbs.

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I get on the bike. Stand with my legs in a triangle with my feet as far apart as I can get them. I grab both grips and lean forward. Then tell her it is safe to get on. She puts her left foot on the peg and her left hand on my shoulder and mounts like getting on a horse.

This works for every bike I have owned, even ones with large tour packs (trunks)
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...Heck... There are instructional videos out there on how to pivot the bike on the side stand. That's nearly 600 lbs.
STRONGLY suggest that you NEVER do that!

I started to do it years back after watching that video UNTIL the day that the sidestand folded while turning it, and I went down w/ a 475 pound bike on top of me.

My head contacted a 1/2" plywood shelf under my workbench, and essentially scalped me (the words of the ER doctor who STAPLED it closed!), but that possibly saved my life, because had my head contacted the floor DIRECTLY, I would have more-than-likely fractured my skull.



DON'T DO IT!!!
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I get on the bike. Stand with my legs in a triangle with my feet as far apart as I can get them. I grab both grips and lean forward. Then tell her it is safe to get on. She puts her left foot on the peg and her left hand on my shoulder and mounts like getting on a horse.

This works for every bike I have owned, even ones with large tour packs (trunks)

We do the exact same thing. Once set, I tell mine to stand straight up on her left leg, then in 1 smooth motion swing her right leg over and sit down. The opposite when she gets off. No drama.

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