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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Getting on and off the bike

The main thing I hate about my 500f is trying to get on and off the bike with the stupid design of the rear end and pillion seat, which makes it difficult to swing your leg over, its not the height of the bike, because when I sit on it my feet are flat on the floor. Has anyone tried standing on the foot rest or is this too difficult because of the angle the bike is on when on the side stand. Has anyone any other thoughts.


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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 06:38 PM
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I am 5'7" and have a tail bag on the bike (500F and all my other bikes) . To make mounting & dismounting easier, I grab my right ankle with my right hand.
That insures that my right leg is bent at the knee and that my foot clears the tail bag.

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I am 5'8" and only have a problem when I have luggage adding height or width, either on the pillion set or soft saddle bags. I do not have to hold my leg, but otherwise do the same as ExTex and bend my knee so the leg points upwards. That way it only had to clear the front seat. The only difficulty is remembering to do that and not instinctively try to get on normally!

I have never tried the peg method, I am worried about the bike toppling, although I do not see why it should not work.
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I stand on the foot rest and swing my leg over whenever my tendonitis is acting up.

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I am 510. When I first bought the 500 I had just had a hip replacement on my right side. Easiest mounting for me was to bend the right knee & place it on the saddle & then pivot the leg over the pillion. The most difficult, & funny for others to watch, is when I have a bunch of camping gear tied down on the pillion. If the bike is on solid ground, standing on the foot peg does work well, although it does seem a bit weird at first.
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 09:48 PM
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I stand on the footpeg to mount and dismount when I have my tailbag on.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 11:45 PM
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At 5'10" I haven't had any issues getting on or off. I do lean way over to get my other leg over though
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-27-2019, 01:14 PM
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If i have a tail bag or side cases on I do the "high kick" to slide my foot over the seat. On my R model the footpeg is too far back to stand on it and swing my leg over.
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-27-2019, 01:56 PM
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WOW, all these posts about getting ON the bike??????
Just get on it already!
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-27-2019, 06:14 PM
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My #1 complaint about my old '78 BMW was its height. A fellow oldster BMW rider told me that he grabs his right leg and "helps" lift it up and over the high seat. I started doing that and other than looking goofy, it really helps. At my age, however, it became too much of a chore, along with the weight, so decided to go smaller, hence the CB500F.
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