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1200 DVT How Do You Get On Your Multistrada?

Discussion in 'Multistrada' started by Sam1199, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. I had a conversation with a dealer yesterday, he told me most people stand on the foot peg even when it’s on the side stand. I’ve been happy to do that when it’s on the main stand but never on the side stand.

    My Multistrada leans over so far on the side stand I’d swear it would topple over if I stepped on the foot peg.

    Panniers and a top box make it even more difficult.

    How do you get your leg over....your Multistrada?
  2. After pulling my Multistrada on top of me on the side stand with it fully laden, I now step over the saddle with my right foot/leg rather than mounting it like a bicycle. Okay, I’m over 6 feet tall so it’s not that difficult but it looks ungainly. Andy
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  3. Well there you go, exactly what I was afraid of.

    I swing my leg straight over the riders saddle, like a piss poor Karate chop with my foot. Looks ugly but just about works.

    To get off I’ve developed a technique, lean forward and almost put my head on the left hand grip, go on tip toes on my left foot and pirouette my right leg off. Literally I spin on my toes.

    I’ve got fairly long legs but it’s still a struggle. I’ve found once I’m on the bike I don’t want to get off, especially at petrol stations.

    My alternative is to park next to a kerb. Also putting it into Urban mode and letting the suspension drop helps but it’s a faff.
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  4. I've a 32 inside leg and just leave it on the side stand and fling the right leg over and pull the bike up. If I put it on centre stand, I'll stand on the peg to get on.
    You could get a stand extender. That adds approx 1cm of lift. You could also get someone to weld on an extension.
  5. Christ, if you lot have bother how would a hobbit like me manage?
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  6. The task gets tougher if touring with Kriega bags .I used left foot peg on cobbles in Spain and bike slid off bending the side stand quite badly.Ive found a side stand extender inspires much more confidence but it never feels as secure as using the same technique on a GS for example
  7. I jump on John Wayne style.:)
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  8. This reminds me of when I had a Honda NX650. Great bike, but getting on and even worse stop/ starts in traffic was too much of a faff.
  9. I have never seen anyone do that on a multi. Think your dealer has just come from bmw employment and forgotten...

    Personally, I took a run up ;)
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  10. when i have my givi outback trekkers panniers on i too stand on the peg first
  11. I'm 6ft 3 in but my inside leg is a standard 32 regular. On the fugly on the side stand, I can get my leg over without too much of a problem, fully tooled up with panniers and top box, I have tended to step on the foot rest
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  13. I dont have much of a problem myself but I found that putting the bike into Urban mode dropped the suspension a bit which may help.
  14. Also if skyhook set the suspension to setting number 24 in urban mode which will lower the bike as much as possible. Not really a faff as it only takes a few seconds to switch modes.
  15. Biggest issue IME isnt on/off. It’s getting the camber right so you can actually get it off the side stand!
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  16. He'd never get past the Abacus working out when to retire o_O
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  17. You can stand on the footpeg without putting any extra weight on the side stand. Depends where your center of gravity is. I find mounting that way usually actually takes weight off the sidestand as I'm doing it
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  18. You could try vaulting on from the rear like they. Used to do in the old cowboy films
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  19. If I have the luggage on the bike I do a weird run up and hop, hop, hop to get my foot over toe first. Works surprisingly well.
    (I also like to have the seat in the high position on long journeys as I find it kinder on my knees.)

    I agree about the side stand, we stopped on a mountain road in France and I didn't realise there was a slight camber. I put the side stand down, leaned the bike over and it just kept going, pivoting over on the side stand as I rolled across the road.
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