May I suggest, get yourself a centre stand, and hopefully your worries will go away.
Remember though, after installing or using a centre stand not to post which way to position wheel 'cause you know what will happen onto your thread ....
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LOL. I love this!
Interesting the performance center folks go right. If there is a reach problem, simply turn the bars or do the "police mount" and get on over the right side. This actually works better for me on tall bikes.
Did the BMW folks say "Park" it that way, or "move the bars right before you mount". Having the bars fully right actually makes picking up a heavy bike much easier. I usually warn people to pick up slowly when doing this the first time because we have had people drop bikes to the right the first time they try it.
The simple mechanics of the situation is this:
If the bars are turned right and you are parked on the side stand, it is MUCH easier for the bike to roll off the stand to fall over to the left if someone bumps the bike from the rear. This actually can happen if the bike is idling without the rider on it. I have seen bikes walk themselves off the stand from vibration if the bars are fully right.
Harley figured this out a long time ago. Their side stand features a steel pin that locks it in place as you set the bike down so it cannot be rolled off the side stand if bumped from the rear.
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kind of reminds me of another discussion...
"It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden
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My early K-100 and my old airhead have the fork locks on the left side of the steering head. You have to turn the bars all the way to the right to engage the fork lock. If you turn the fork to the left, the left fork leg blocks access to the fork lock.
Now with the V-Rod you can only lock the fork when it is turned to the left. Then again, Harley makes no provision for a center stand (and I have the nicks on my helmet to show for it, sigh, absolutely nothing stays put when you set it on the seat)
In general, if you see something done one way by the Harley crowd, do exactly the opposite and you will be ok. Just sayin' .....................
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
Now that Labor Day is near, I'll have to get in the annual habit of changing the direction.
I wouldn't be caught dead parking my bike with the wheel pointing right after Labor Day.
Who would do such a thing???
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I 'heard' that parking with the bars turned all the way to the left will cause pre-mature wearing of the steering stops. I always leave 2-3 mm space between the fork clamps and the bumper stop when I park my bike.
"Old n Slow" It's a way of life!
It ain't road crown that wears out the left side of the tires first, it is how we park!!!!
When I put my bars to the right I find it much easier to mount The bike and lifting off the side stand.
Seems pretty stable when parked that way, too.
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Thanks LMO1131, Its been too many years since I've watched monty python, now I have a plan for a rainy monday here in Virginia.