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    Getting on 2007 GSA

    I am 6 feet tall and still have a hard time mounting up on my GSA especially if the side boxes are on. Any suggestions? How about standing on the side pegs to get a leg over? I do have a Sargent seat and it does help but not enough. THKS

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    one suggestion, instead of swinging a leg over, is to place the bike on the sidestand and mount the bike by placing the back side your right calf/ankle on the seat and sliding over the saddle. use your weight to move the bike to an upright position as you slide on. i typically do this if i have stuff on the rack.

    another thought is to place the bike on its centerstand, step up onto the left peg with your left foot and then swing your leg over. be careful to keep your weight as centered as possible during the whole motion. then rock the bike off of the stand while using the front brake to keep the from moving forward any more than it has to.

    don't ride your bike off the centerstand. it's not designed for doing that.

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    I'm 5'6 and ride a GSA. I always climb on the footpeg with the side stand down and climb on. Once on, up comes the foot peg. Because of my short inseam, 30", I have an extra low seat from the "R" model on my bike. I through on some beads and can ride all day.By the way, the only time the bike is not on its center stand is when it is being ridden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    one suggestion, instead of swinging a leg over, is to place the bike on the sidestand and mount the bike by placing the back side your right calf/ankle on the seat and sliding over the saddle. use your weight to move the bike to an upright position as you slide on. i typically do this if i have stuff on the rack.
    Thats how I duz it!!!
    With the Adv seat positioned high front and lo rear and I stand at 6' too,...I also have a hard time mountin' the ol scoot while she's up right on the center stand.
    Only time the bike's really on the center stand is when i'm gittin' fuel...utter than that..plop 'er on the side stand,mountup and B gone!

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    Mine too;

    GSA'07 and I do the sidestand mount, like gettin on a horse. I'm 6'1". I use the center stand mostly for loading the bike and/or parking it for longer periods. If I'm all packed and cannot throw a leg over the gear, I use a knee in the saddle, as I'm going on, same as above. Sometimes I will just throw a leg over the saddle, while standing alongside the bike, buts its the hard way. I cannot keep both feet flat on the ground, when seated. Tip toe at best...Randy

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    one important note about stepping on the left peg while the bike is on the sidestand.... i don't know if it's me, but several BMWs i've owned have had sidestands that s-l-o-w-l-y sink into the west as the years go on.

    iow, the sidestand (or its mounting bracket) bends.

    right now, on my oilhead GS, i have a verholen sidestand footpad that adds an inch of vertical height to the bottom of the foot. before that the bike listed seriously to port and now stands about right.

    ymmv.

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    Yes, I'm going to add a foot to my side stand also, but mostly for stability on less stable ground. I'm aware that the side stand may "bend" over time. So each time I mount the bike, I make sure the bike is as upright as possible while on the side stand. And I get it off the side stand as quick as possible. If the sucker bends, I'll modify it so it never will again. If that don't work, I'll replace it. It ain't rocket science and I can't do anything about my height or short legs. And I love the bike.
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    Sidestand extra;

    I welded a real Pony shoe to the bottom of mine and its perfect. I have horses anyhow and thought it a nice touch. Went and bought a smaller pony shoe as the regular horse shoes are too big for such. It welded nicely to the bottom of my sidestand and it actually has the open end pointing upward for good luck, when the stand is up. Randy

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    Mounting a r1200 gsa

    I really love the bike but wish someone could invent an attachment that would make getting on and off easier. As far as i'm concerned it is the biggest drawback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbins View Post
    I am 6 feet tall and still have a hard time mounting up on my GSA especially if the side boxes are on. Any suggestions? How about standing on the side pegs to get a leg over? I do have a Sargent seat and it does help but not enough. THKS
    I'm 6'1'' 220 and I use the left footpeg to mount my '08 GSA, even when it's on it's sidestand......never had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbins View Post
    I really love the bike but wish someone could invent an attachment that would make getting on and off easier. As far as i'm concerned it is the biggest drawback.
    I sometimes can throw a leg over the seat Karate Kid style...sometimes the age kicks in and I do the horse method using the peg while on the sidestand. The 12GS sidestand seems a little beefier that the oilheads...we have an 1100 that REALLY leans over.

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