Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific Northwet, WA, USA
Oh, one other thought... you won't be so mortified of letting it *gently* fall over if you know how to lift it back up.
On the very first day: Take the bike down to Kensington Gardens, pick a nice, soft grassy spot, lay the bike gently onto the oopsie guards, and learn to pick it up.
Put the bike in first gear. Stand with your posterior to the bike, bend your legs deeply, grab the handgrip on the down side, and either the saddlebag handle or better, the grab handle under the seat if you are on the left side, then lift with your legs. Get the bike completely vertical, then turn to face the bike. If you are on the left side, simply put the sidestand down (although it will probably now sink into the grass and fall over again!). If you are on the right side, throw your leg over just like you normally get on, but from the other side.
(edit: the other directions here, suggest that if the right side is down, put the sidestand down first, then once the bike is up, just ease it over onto the sidestand. In my experience with BMWs and the GL1500 (which also has a sidestand with almost no overcenter), I would not rely on getting the sidestand to stay put, or the bike to stay put on the sidestand while you are getting it upright. So, practice mounting the bike from the right side... now before you need to. Just my two cents.)
Okay, okay... maybe HM Gardeners will be slightly upset with you at Kens. I'm sure you can find a nice patch of grass somewhere else in your loverly city.
Last edited by juggler; Jan 31st, 2007 at 3:18 pm.