Originally Posted by Rdromero
icy, what is your rationale to let the passenger get on first on a larger bike? I have an Electra Glide and the only passengers I have on there are my kids, but I always get on the bike first then let them get on.
with the larger bikes, usually the back seat is a full blown passenger seat with elbow rests etc (maybe I wasn't clear about that part
) this makes mounting on that seat very hard when the rider is already seated. the passenger either ends up stepping on you or has to have really flexible legs to stretch over the seat (which is quite high) and probably hit a couple of things on the way.
the larger bikes like road king are also extremely heavy and stable on the stand. passengers usually climb through the pegs and the bike can hold its own if they drop on the seat a bit too fast - very hard the knock the bike over while doing so. whereas a smaller (lighter) bike like the sportster would easily fall over to the other side if the nice lady does not drop on the seat gracefully and decides to test the bouncy bouncy of the rear shocks.
that's about it. safety. bigger (larger, heavier) bikes can handle themselves, smaller (lighter) bikes needs to have the rider on, holding the brake, keeping the bike steady.