Ride off center stand


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Ride off center stand

Postby 702scottc » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:37 pm



I've been looking at a ride off stand and would like some feedback from anyone who may be using one. I typically ride alone but as of late I have been picking up my daughter from her job on my way home. She isn't petite and she has a bit of a time getting saddled up with me holding the bike while in the saddle. Looking at those,it would be a lot easier for her to get on if I'm off the bike. Thanks..



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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:26 am

Pull up next to a curb so she can stand on the curb to get on.. :)
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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby joeincalif » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:48 am

I had one several years back. The down side is that both wheels are on the ground all the time so it makes it hard to check your tires. (I put a piece of 3/4 inch plywood under the stand when I needed the rear wheel off the ground).
Another thing, if you park using the ride off stand make sure you put the bike in gear, if it is in neutral and on a slight slope it WILL roll off the stand and fall over, DON'T ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS!!!
My wife is small but when ever she or anyone else would get on the bike, with the side stand down I get on the bike and hold it upright have the passenger tap me on the shoulder when they get ready to get on so I'm not surprised, then they get on. (always from the left side) They need to know that they have to use caution and not just PLOP on the bike. and with the side stand down if something happens it will stop the bike from going down.
I have seen some riders put the bike on the side stand and let the passenger get on first. That might be something you can try. I never did it that way but have seen it done.
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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby 702scottc » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:21 pm

Thats how she gets on now, its not an issue. It just looked so much easier to get on and off with the bike standing up. I can see where not leaving it in gear would be a problem..
I think I`ll leave it as is, works fine..

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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby 702scottc » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:24 pm

Letting the passenger on first while the bike is on the sidestand isn`t a good idea. I watched the side-stand snap clean off when my friends wife got on that way. Side-stand isn`t really designed to hold the weight of a bike and person`s for long periods of time.

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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:05 pm

Last 10 years of having my wife on the bike first from the left side with the bike on the side stand on 4 different wings has been our only option and never a problem.I do hold the left handlebar for her stability.
She stands on my foot rest and slides into the seat then moves her right leg over my seat.Overcoming a handicap.
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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby Blinky » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:53 am

Best accessory for the 1500 I have purchased. When two up and on the center stand, I mount first using my foot pegs to give me extra room to get my leg and sized 13 boot over the saddle, then stand with both feet on the ground steadying the bars while the good wife uses her foot boards to mount. As long as we both keep our heads over the bike when mounting and dismounting, there are no issues.

Even two up, you can reverse onto the center stand, and then just ride off of it when ready to go. Good stuff!

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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby dingdong » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:58 am

I have a ride off on my 1000. If you can find one it will be a great help with your passenger. They do come up on ebay once in a while but they are rare.

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Re: Ride off center stand

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:59 pm

My wife always gets on before I do, when the bike's on its sidestand. The way she does it doesn't put a lot of strain on the stand - she puts her left foot on the passenger's footrest, swings her right leg across above the rider's backrest (folded forward), and she's there. She reaches across to hold the right side grab rail while she does it, so her weight is centered over the bike the whole time, rather than all on the left side (and sidestand). Even with her hip troubles it's the easiest motorcycle mount she's ever done.

The dismount is exactly the reverse - I get off first (bike on sidestand), then she slides off as above.




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