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My cousin came to visit me this past weekend and while I love her to no end, she ain't the tiniest of ladies. I can barely feel Carrie at a buck 5 getting on and off the bike so I never had to worry about mounting or dismounting procedures. Any advice on the best ways to load and unload passengers if they're not a measily hundred and 5?

What I did was stand up and hold the handle bars tight. I put my feet a little further apart and held super tight. She'd grab my shoulder, step on the passenger peg, throw her leg over, and have a seat. Not gonna lie, doing that all day got old fast. Should I have stayed seated to add my weight to the overall weight of the bike?
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I like to stay seated and lean the bike. You can even leave the kick stand down as a just in case. Just try not to put all the weight on the stand to avoid undue stress. I have no problem with this and really think it might be the easiest way. Or you could put it on the center stand and have her scoot back then you get on.
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This is something I've always wondered about... especially with the VN750 and that backrest thing it has for the rear passenger... how do you get someone on there??
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I am at a buck 5 myself or close to it, I always have them load off the ground. While standing on the ground to throw a leg over and slide onto the seat. I don't let them use the foot peg for loading or unloading. Using the foot peg would throw us both and the bike to the ground.

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The way I always do it , even with heavier passengers is to sit on the bike, hold it straight up with both my feet on the ground, knees locked....and then have the passenger climb on.... By putting their left foot on the left peg, stand up leaning slight over the bike.. Their left hand on my left shoulder, pivot on the rest as they step over the seat with their right leg, and sit down as soon as their right foot touches the right peg.

If you can't hold up the bike while they do this you shouldn't have them as a passenger.

It's important the passenger learns to do this quickly, if it's someone that never got on this way, I put th bike on the centerstand and let them practice a few times.

Getting off the bike is just the same thing in reverse... Never let the passenger get on first or off last.

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I have never had any problem carring anyone once they are loaded.
When one is my size one finds other ways of skinning the cat.
The idea is don't let the cat skin you.

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My bike doesn't have a center stand, I should have clarified that, sorry fellas. Good idea though. And although it weighs more than the 750, I can handle it and her just fine. Just curious about an easier way.

I like the idea of sitting down and having her swing a leg over without touching the pegs, then her scooting back. That seems easier than what I was doing. My bikes kinda low too so that should work well.

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My bike doesn't have a center stand, I should have clarified that, sorry fellas. Good idea though. And although it weighs more than the 750, I can handle it and her just fine. Just curious about an easier way.

I like the idea of sitting down and having her swing a leg over without touching the pegs, then her scooting back. That seems easier than what I was doing. My bikes kinda low too so that should work well.
Well, if your bike is low and you have no sissybar or passenger backrest.. Just have them vault on from the rear like trick horse riders do....

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The way I always do it , even with heavier passengers is to sit on the bike, hold it straight up with both my feet on the ground, knees locked....and then have the passenger climb on.... By putting their left foot on the left peg, stand up leaning slight over the bike.. Their left hand on my left shoulder, pivot on the rest as they step over the seat with their right leg, and sit down as soon as their right foot touches the right peg.

If you can't hold up the bike while they do this you shouldn't have them as a passenger.

It's important the passenger learns to do this quickly, if it's someone that never got on this way, I put th bike on the centerstand and let them practice a few times.

Getting off the bike is just the same thing in reverse... Never let the passenger get on first or off last.
X2 I also have the kickstand down as a safety precaution because when the passenger starts to get on the bike it wants to lean to the left.

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Well, if your bike is low and you have no sissybar or passenger backrest.. Just have them vault on from the rear like trick horse riders do....
LOL!!! Too bad I put a sissy bar on it for Blondie. Maybe I'll make her hurtle it next time anyway, she's pretty spry.

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X2 I also have the kickstand down as a safety precaution because when the passenger starts to get on the bike it wants to lean to the left.
Good idea, load the passenger from the left and put the stand down. Noted, thanks buddy.
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