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Old 08-23-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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How do you non-Ural guys park your rig?

Was wondering how you get in and out of parking spots without reverse.
Do you push it in or out?
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:44 AM   #2
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Really?
The same way you do with a 2-wheeler. It's all about the strategy. If the parking space slopes downhill, you back in, pushing with your left (non tub side) foot as required. If it's uphill, you just pull in and let gravity help to back out.

If it's level...the rig, even a Goldwing, isn't very heavy and pushes out pretty easily, from in front of the rig(NOT the same as a 2-wheeler), before you mount up.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:48 PM   #3
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A hack is incredibly easy to push, but you get in the habit of checking out the ground level before parking.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:07 PM   #4
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How do you non-Ural guys park your rig?

All rigs with a monkey have reverse.

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Old 08-23-2014, 07:17 PM   #5
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All rigs with a monkey have reverse.
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:40 AM   #6
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How do I know? Ask my wife.
- I wish I was that brave.

I've got side cases mounted so I find it easy to use my back/hips on the non-tub pannier to help push off. But checking on the lay of the land before you park is the smartest trick so that you do not park "down hill".
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:00 AM   #7
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A good while back I had to ride home a rig for a fellow who ''bent the elbow'' a touch to much. I bumped the front tire against the curb under power & it bounced off w/ enough energy to roll into the lane.

Problem was it was headed the wrong way on a one way street.

But ''JusKip'' clearly posted the simple answer....''strategy''.

I clearly must give the lazy award to my ''BRO''.
He drove up on the side walk & around a couple of cars, then turned into the up spot.

Ride long enough & you'll find by standers more than willing to push you around.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:04 AM   #8
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The looks from the bystanders helps pay for the cost of the reverse gear
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:28 AM   #9
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I parallel park in the city all the time and unless I'm parking facing downhill the crown of the road will drop the rig in next to the curb easy as pie. Might take a dab with my left foot. I can't remember the last time I had to get off and push. It's the same parking as a solo bike. How'd you do it with those?
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:27 AM   #10
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All good points. Reverse can be a handy thing but parking strategy is a very good thing also. How did one park a solo bike? Strategy can be handy even with a solo bike. Pushing a sidecar outfit backwards is many times easier than a large solo bike because there is no concerns of getting off balance and dropping the thing.
The technique of bumping a curb or running the front wheel up a slight incline to 'get the wheels turning' is a valid one for sure. With experience one will tend to look for stuff like this when parking.
One word of warning which may or may not be an issue. A small restaurant in Lewisburg, Pa named Rusty's is on a one way street. The parking places on the street are angled and sloped down hill. I would pull up and coast backwards into a spot to make It easy to pull out with no pushing involved. Well one day I came out of Rusty's to find a parking ticket on the rig. I was cited for parking in the wrong direction in an angled parking space due to the one way street direction. Oh well.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:54 AM   #11
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....one way street...parking...angled and sloped down hill...cited for parking in the wrong direction in an angled parking space...
I have exactly the same situation in front of our local Post Office, but the cops either understand or have yet to ever notice, realize or care that my rig and I will be making a U-turn against traffic when I leave.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:39 AM   #12
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The parking places on the street are angled and sloped down hill. I would pull up and coast backwards into a spot to make It easy to pull out with no pushing involved.
I don't have a rig yet but that's the way I park my 2 wheeler at work all the time. 7 years and no trouble other than a few jerks who were pissed because I took a whole parking space for a motorcycle but thats another stroy.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:47 AM   #13
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I don't have a rig yet but that's the way I park my 2 wheeler at work all the time. 7 years and no trouble other than a few jerks who were pissed because I took a whole parking space for a motorcycle but thats another stroy.
It's those same few jerks who insist you use a whole lane, rather than split, out on the street. And it's the same parking space you'd be using if you'd brought your car.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:25 PM   #14
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I park the way JustKip does; Back it in if downhill, Pull in if up hill.... Flat doesn't matter you're pushing one way or the other.

That lane splitting doesn't seem right to me. I saw that in Kalifornia once. Seemed to me that motorcycles pretty much get away with having additional rights of way. Also, seems like people are asking for accidents to happen.

I guess I am used to the old single file - stay in line, take your turn thinking. But perhaps I just don't get it....
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:32 PM   #15
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That lane splitting doesn't seem right to me. I saw that in Kalifornia once. Seemed to me that motorcycles pretty much get away with having additional rights of way. Also, seems like people are asking for accidents to happen.
The way some people do it, it IS asking for accidents to happen. It's absolutely not a good idea (or legal) over 35 mph, and you NEED to be mindful of traffic openings that a cage might try to slip into.

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