Take this from an LT owner who has 'never' had a passenger on the pillion seat - never. However, there are several recommendations in the rider's manual about mounting/dis-mounting of passengers, as well as use of the sidestand and centerstand while doing so. You may have read these already, so apologies if so.
"Never sit on the motorcycle with the side stand extended" (gotta admit, I've done it, butt didn't feel comfortable!!). It also sez, "for safety reasons, never sit on the motorcycle with the center stand extended." (Dang, btdt too!! - butt felt comfortable!).
"For safety reasons, do not allow your pillion passenger to mount until you have lifted the motorcycle off the side stand. The side (prop) stand must be fully retracted before the motorcycle is ridden" --- (duh!! And of course, an extended sidestand will kill the engine if the tranny is in gear).
In all the times I've been around folks riding two-up, I don't remember any passenger getting on the pillion seat before the rider had stood the bike up and was already seated. YMMV, obviously. You gotta do what you gotta do. I'm just repeating what the manual-writers printed!!! - prolly with help for the suits!
Originally Posted by yechave
I've been nursing an inner thigh injury from November, I incurred trying to right the LT with my passenger already on, and it was leaning a bit too much and was not able to get the side stand up. I've only had this happen once due to the pitch of the space it was parked on.
My thought is, if the pillion is standing (we are not sure if that is possible yet) on the rear pegs instead of being seated, does that not lower the center of gravity and make it easier to right the bike? With all her safety gear on, she is about 165lbs or so.
One of our problems is, other than our being FUBAR'd and OTD issues, she has a difficult time getting on, after me. So far, I've been relying on the sidestand to hold the bike up until after she is on, then I get on and right the bike.
Like to hear from some short legged pillions that have resolved the problem.
Thanks in advance!