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My boyfriend recently bought a 2018 Multistrada 1260 S Touring bike. I’m the designated passenger 😊. Like others on this forum have noted, it’s a really comfortable ride in the backseat. I feel secure (with the top can behind me) and both my boyfriend and I feel like the bike handles great with the extra weight – with both passenger and loaded luggage – even in the rain. So, the problem is, as others have mentioned, is getting on and off the bike. I’m fairly tall – 5’8” – but with top can and side bags attached, it’s a challenge! The best way we’ve figured out is for me to mount the bike first and, with kickstand down, to slide back/up into the passenger seat. For the exit, he gets off first, kickstand down, and then I slide forward into the driver’s seat and dismount. The problem is that several times when he dismounts the entire bike, with me on it, feels like it’s going to drop as the lean feels severe. It seems like even the slightest incline while parking (not even noticeable when we pull up) will cause this effect. Do we need to adjust the kickstand? Change the ride mode/suspension before dismounting? Only park on perfectly level ground? Just deal? Other thoughts? One note: if you’re using the top can as a back rest and holding on the passenger grips, you may bruise your forearms on the top can seams if you’re naughty and not wearing a jacket. Thanks in advance for any tips!
 

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I totally share your concerns regarding the side stand. Many people on here (including me) comment on how far the MTS leans over. I suspect the lean angle is intentional and in order to lower the mounting height.
I am always wary of standing on the footpegs while the bike is on the side stand - although I've seen others do it.

Interesting. I've always found it easier to have the passenger mount when I'm (rider) already on the bike and the kick-stand up. Passenger mounting by standing on left rear peg, then swinging over.
I'm 5'10" and am not flat footed on my MTS '13.


How tall is your rider?

Super personal.....and obv. no need to respond, but I wonder how much weight is an impact here?
 

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I am always wary of standing on the footpegs while the bike is on the side stand - although I've seen others do it....
I stopped doing it after my KLE 500 sidestand broke while I was on, years ago...

Apparently, it was super rusted and ready to break, but the psychological trauma from the incident has scared me for life :laugh:...
 

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My wife and I are currently trying to deal with this very situation. She's 5'5". On our Harley I could get on, raise bike up off kickstand and she could step on rear floor board and swing a leg over. Like you said, on the Multi the pannier blocks the rear peg from behind so she has trouble. I've suggested that I get on the bike, raise it up off kickstand and let her use my front peg to mount. That seems to work but she's only done it a couple of times so still too early to say for sure. Passenger getting on first is an option but she doesn't seem comfortable with that.
 

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..... on the Multi the pannier blocks the rear peg from behind so she has trouble.
Yeah, I forgot about that. I don't think we've ever tried with the side panniers mounted. Only with the top box.
 

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The rider is 5'9" (about 170#) and I'm 5'8" (about 150#). Standing on the peg, with the rider on, I can't swing my leg high enough to clear the top can. Actually had to stand on the seat in order to get on with the rider on. I'm sure onlookers were amused. Good point about the lean. Thanks!
 
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