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Just curious, do you use the floorboard to get on a XC from either the right or left? Or do you not use the floorboards?
 

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Just curious, do you use the floorboard to get on a XC from either the right or left? Or do you not use the floorboards?
I weigh 230 and I mount from either side and have used the floorboards. I try to get my upper body over the bike before swing my leg over. You can use either side, just practice common sense :)
 

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No go on the floorboards here....I leg over her like a little horsie
 

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Yes I use the floorboard in both getting on and off.
 

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Nope Stand on ground, throw leg up and over, stand bike up. Flip kick stand up and start bike. I do find it odd this bike does not have a side-stand switch to not allow you to ride off with the side stand down though.
 

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That's what the rubber thingy on the stand is for.
 

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So you standardly use the floorboards to mount the bike? (I'm 6'3'' 290#)
I HAVE used the boards from both sides, but not regularly. It depends on how cramped things are and which side of the bike is available (parking in my garage is complicated at times :)) . I do what PaiN does usually... swing th ol' leg over, like mounting a horse.
 

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My wife is 5'2" ...so she uses the the rear SwingWings to mount up every time she gets on.
 

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I mount from the ground - never from the floorboards.
 

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Ground here. Riding gear on, helmet on, key on with the left hand as I'm swinging right leg over. As soon as the right foot is on the ground the bike's coming off the sidestand and the starter button is getting pushed. That's the warn bike start. When she's cold I start her and warm her up as I'm gearing up.
 

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I don't have floorboards, just pegs on my Jackpot, But I have always been leery of putting all my weight on a single point on a bike that is standing on a separate single point. Maybe I don't get how well balanced the bike actually is and how much forethought the engineers put into the placement of both the side stand and the pegs. In my mind, I can just see this bike tumbling over on top of me. These bikes lean over pretty stinking far when they are on the kickstand anyway, so it just kinda freaks me out. It doesn't help that I seldom park on a perfect surface (sloping asphalt, or gravel often). I don't need to add my menial 155 pounds to the side of the bike that is already leaning way over and watch 1 of the few pleasures in my life come tumbling down.

That's a whole bunch of **** to say "no", LOL. And none of it matters, cuz mine are just pegs on a completely different bike.
 

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That's what the rubber thingy on the stand is for.
Soooo the rubber thing hanging off the sidestand is supposed to keep you from putting it in gear and leaving down? Hmm different train of thought I guess. I have caught myself doing it once or twice, but lucky for me, before I rode off.
 

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Soooo the rubber thing hanging off the sidestand is supposed to keep you from putting it in gear and leaving down? Hmm different train of thought I guess. I have caught myself doing it once or twice, but lucky for me, before I rode off.
The purpose of the rubber foot on the stand is, if you take off with the stand down, it contacts the ground and puts the stand up. It works very well and don't ask me how I know. :)
 

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30 something years ago I was kickstarting my XS650/750 kitted outside a local pub one night after an extended drinking session.:laugh
Mounted the bike ok as I recall, turned on the fuel, then pulled in the clutch lever and gave it one light kick to free the clutch plates.
Turned on the ignition and put all my weight on the kickstarter.
The bike didn't start and fell over to the right, trapping me underneath it:frown
Highly amused mates picked the bike up off me and I had another drink.
 

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