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Tigger2010 08-15-2010 01:06 AM

Pillion & Panniers
Hi Guys

I have a GSF 650 Bandit with Kappa Top box and Kappa K40 Panniers...

My question is. How the hell do I get my girlfriend on and off when the bike is fully loaded

No Disrespect to her but it is funny at times as we both have no idea what the best way is.

Druken Ballet dancer comes to mind

Any help for the both of us would be most greatfully received.

Ride Safe


The_AirHawk 08-15-2010 09:44 AM

Bike on sidestand, engine OFF and in-gear if you're on any kind of slope: she steps aboard using pilot-pegs, while you steady the bike by holding the left bar. Then, she "scoots" up to the Pillion.

Once she's in Pillion, you step on left peg with your left foot, lifting right leg straight over the saddle and down to right peg, and then settle to the seat, as if you were riding.

Key-on, put your feet back-down to the ground, lift the bike off the sidestand, kick it up, get your balance, start the bike (with clutch in, obviously) and off you go.

Dismount is essentially the Reverse (you get off the bike first).

The_AirHawk 08-15-2010 09:52 AM

If you're already on the bike - leave it in gear, engine OFF - stand astraddle the bike as far-forward as you can, legs tight to the bike, hands firm on the bars. She mounts as above - using the pilot-peg on the left side, possibly using your left shoulder for her balance.

Once in position, you're essentially at the "start and go" step. Dismount is still the same method as above - Pilot always gets off the bike first.

Sometimes, a handy nearby curb, step, treestump, midget, whatever, helps out with the Pillion mounting.

It's not important to look "stylish" when mounting and dismounting - it's only important to get on and off without ending-up UNDER the bike or on your ass.

Buzglyd 08-15-2010 10:06 AM

Wheelie: She jumps on.

Stoppie: She flies off.

A Star Ride 08-15-2010 08:23 PM

Common question with any bike, and the weight of the passenger makes a big difference too, and riders backrests are in the way. I usually get on first, so they can hold onto me as they climb on, getting off, usually me first and I'll steady the bike and hold down the spring loaded backrest. The only wrong way to do it is to get burned, or fall all together.

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