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Thread: Which Way Do I Turn The Wheel WHen I Park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyTrains View Post
    ....... It smokes like a destroyer dodging a torpedo if you leave it on the side stand......
    I love that!
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    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 ....

    Will tell you how to strap your motorcycle so it does not fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35675 View Post
    ... at the BMW Performance Center when I took a course in June, a big point was made to turn the wheel to the right. It was pointed out that this makes it easier to grab the handlebars when you mount...

    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...

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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' .....................
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    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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    Thanks for that DB! It sure goes against my mental geometry, but I"ve been proven wrong! Yard stick was a good idea...where in the world do you get those anymore?


    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick View Post

    I just went into the garage and put the bike on the sidestand. Using a yardstick on the ground: with the front forks turned left, the distance from the edge of the front contact patch to the edge of the side stand foot was 31 1/4". With the forks turned right, the distance was 29 1/2". That says to me that the stand/front wheel side of the support triangle is a bit wider with the forks turned left. I think (other things equal) that a wider support triangle is more stable than a narrower one.

    Admittedly, I wasn't measuring to the center of the contact patch. But I don't think doing so would affect the result.
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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.
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    It ain't road crown that wears out the left side of the tires first, it is how we park!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    W O W 40 posts on which way to place your front tire parked. Has'nt anyone ever start out on a bicycle??
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    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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