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A bit of silliness, I know. A scooter, no hoiking your leg over the seat, a nice slide into position, no effort.....but from which side? I was wondering if it has anything to to with which side of the road we drive on or if it has anything to do with being right or left handed? I ALWAYS get on from the LHS of the scooter and can't even force myself to the other side even when it would be easier to do so.

Why?

From the UK drive on the left.
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LHS because that is the side I am on to put the center stand down so from habit I start there too.
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Left side centre stand and handle lock

Right handed and we drive on the left in Japan same as in the UK
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I always get off on left except when I park by the side of my house in which case I use the side stand (not the center stand) and get off on right (no room).

I mount from either side.

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I once pulled over on a very narrow road, I got off my bike on the LHS and accidentally put my heel through a car passenger window...

Maybe it's worth learning both sides?
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Left. Much easier as that's the side I'm standing on to raise or lower the centre-stand
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I am a complete knob! I had completely forgotten about the centre stand! I knew there was something I did every time I parked or got on the scoot! OK I normally rock it off the stand when driving off so I could get from the RHS but I expect the habit of getting off on the left has habitualised the activity.

Please accept my apologies for not exercising my brain enough!
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The downhill side so I don't drop it.
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LHS, because of the centerstand.

If someone made a right handed center stand I'd buy it isn a second for the simple reason that the direction in which the handlebars lock requires me to contort myself to get at the key or open the glove box.
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Good point!! Be good if the bars locked either direction and the centerstand operated from either side.
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Re: Left side or right side?
waspman wrote:
A scooter, no hoiking your leg over the seat, a nice slide into position, no effort.....but from which side?
I must admit that I usually hoik (?) my leg over the seat, since I have something on the luggage hook most of the time. Hope to be able to buy a top box soon.

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LAE wrote:
I once pulled over on a very narrow road, I got off my bike on the LHS and accidentally put my heel through a car passenger window...

Maybe it's worth learning both sides?
You should consider wearing flat shoes, maybe Laughing emoticon Clown emoticon
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You should consider wearing flat shoes, maybe Laughing emoticon Clown emoticon
Calcaneus

At my size and gender I might look a little odd in high heels.... Laughing emoticon
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Left Hand Side Nerd emoticon
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I use the side stand most of the time. I will extend it and lean the bike onto it, turn the bars to the left and dismount on the right. I mount on the right too when using the side stand. I will grab the front brake and pull the bike upright letting the stant automatically retract then stepover.I admit that this is dangerous. It must be done with confidence.

Isn't it customary to mount a horse from the left?
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.

It all depends on which scoot I'm using....

GT125 Auto - LHS because the stand seems to be easier to lift on that side.

ET2 - LHS because thats where the kickstart lever was.

PK125 or Cento - RHS because thats where the kickstart lever is.

Fabio

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either - but I think I typically mount on the left where the kickstand is down, since the scooter is leaning in that direction.
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I always get off to the left (center stand), but clamber aboard from either side.

Even though I have been driving in the US for almost forty years, I still look over my right should before I ride off. I check both mirrors.

How about you eqitorials no equidistants no equestrio um horsey types? Do you always mount from the left?
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I always get on from the right side. This is because both my scooter and my Harley-Davidson are kickstart. I stand on the right side to kickstart than get on. I usually get off on the right on the Harley and on the left (easier to operate the center stand) on the scooter.

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Treppenwitz wrote:
If someone made a right handed center stand I'd buy it isn a second for the simple reason that the direction in which the handlebars lock requires me to contort myself to get at the key or open the glove box.
The exhaust is in the way.

If routed the to the other side, then you could cut and weld the leverage arm on the right side...

But that would likely have other issues.
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When it comes down to this matter I can definitely say that I am a bi-sided hopper. I used to hop on the left side when I was in the habit of disengaging the center stand with my left foot and right hand on rear rack. Then once I had to remove my rear rack and found out that that practice was putting too much stress on in because it was a PITA to put it back on. Now I swing both ways because I get on the scooter while still on the center stand and give the handle bar a little push. Being versatile that way is advantageous in the sense that the front wheel locks to the left and when the termoscud is on it is almost imposssible to find the ignition switch through the left side. So for termoscud users I would definitely advocate the bi-hopper approach. Razz emoticon
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Mount from the left. Old habit from motorbikes.

Right-handed, ride on the left hand side of the road like Japan and the UK.
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Mount from left ... Been doing it since bicycle days ..
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I always dismount on the left and get on from the right. With the bars locked to the left, it's more difficult to get my girth past them on that side.
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I get on and off on the left. Had to get off on the right once and i was confused all day. Laughing emoticon That said it is a PIA to put the steering column lock feature on from the left. Luckily i don't really have to do it that often.
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With the Lambretta, on at rhs because of the kick start and off at lhs,

the Vespa lhs on and off

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i find it curious that you all lock your steering lock before you get off.

I usually flick the sidestand down, centerstand if I'm gonna be long (long legs makes this much easier) get off on the left and lock the steering.
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I just vault right over the front....
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LAE i don't but i'm strange. There are only a few places that i even lock it at. Mall is one. Usually it's parked up front and i'm not gone that long.
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Left side, same as a horse.
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nigelthefish wrote:
I just vault right over the front....
OK, Fish, let's see the video.
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I was taught in motorcycle school to always mount/dismount on the left. And lock the wheel to the left. Definitely makes it easier when a row of bikes is parked if everyone does it the same way.
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nigelthefish wrote:
I just vault right over the front....
That sort of reminds me a bit of when I come back from the grocery store with several bags on the gorcery hook. I don't vault over the front but the maneuver is not at all pretty or gracious when people see me swing my leg over the back. Judy you think you are strange? Laughing emoticon You should see me get off the scoot with my scud on. It is a complete production. Get off the left side, put the center stand up, walk around the bike, go through several attempts to find the key underneath the damn scud, lock it. LAE you sound very together and it looks like you've got the operation down to a T. One of these days I will find a gracious way to just get off and go without fumbling with a million tasks at once. Then there is the xena alarm, the hellmet, the goggles, the gloves. Not to mention the usual momentary panick attack that I have locked my key in the pet carrier. Scream emoticon
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GTS - almost always LHS

PX stopping - generally LHS

PX starting - always RHS coz that's where the kickstart is Razz emoticon

Bcoz I'm in an LHS driving country, with a long history on bikes, LHS seems natural for stands and such .. to the point where I realised a few years ago I almost can't get off a bike on RHS ('cept for tricky ground - I have duck's disease*)

I used to have no end of trouble backing my scoot into a particular sidewalk / footpath park (where it is today) and then getting out across or around the scoot. Same problem when parking on tricky ground or launching the scoot off its centrestand when the back was hung way donwhill.

then I had a revelation

...


...


...

it's a step-thru ...



Now I get on / off whichever side and step thru the scoot to get in / out. Oh, I feel so smart!

* duck's disease: my ar*se is too close to the ground
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vespistim wrote:
Left side, same as a horse.
Funny you say that, I tend to put my hand on the topcase when going around the back of the bike.

Several people have asked what kind of horse I had/rode.

It was a retired Police Tennessee walker/quarter horse.
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LHS and always push off center stand before mounting (actually tried to get it off the center stand while straddling the scoot but couldn't manage it).
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