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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Which way is your front tire turned when you are parked?

Well I already asked the question in the title, but what way is you tire turned when parked. I know when I park next to Harley's they are almost always turned to the left (see photo). I turn mine to the right so I don't have to turn the bars when I get back on the bike. I guess if I was locking the neck it would be turned to the left to access the locking device. While on the subject of locking the neck, I was with a guy that did so while we were in for lunch and for some reason he had a heck of a time unlocking it. I told him that I have often thought of locking my ignition keys in the saddle bags but thought, what if I had an issue getting the bag unlocked. So his issue with locking the neck just confirmed why I will not lock my ignition keys in the bags.
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 05:39 PM
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To the left, of course.
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post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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To the left, of course.
You say "of course", what am I missing, your comment sounds like it should be obvious? If so, please tell me why?
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because the kickstand is on the left. you lean your bike to the left so it will rest on the kickstand. if you tried to turn your wheel to face the right, it probably won't even be able to stand up
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because the kickstand is on the left. you lean your bike to the left so it will rest on the kickstand. if you tried to turn your wheel to face the right, it probably won't even be able to stand up



Say what? When I'm washing/polishing the bike, adjusting the fairing mounts, etc., I frequently turn the handlebars to the right while it's on the kickstand. Hasn't fallen over yet.

Of course, normal rules of physics don't necessarily apply in Texas...gravity there might be stronger...or maybe the area just sucks?

Or is this another incidence of your understated humor? Satire?

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because the kickstand is on the left. you lean your bike to the left so it will rest on the kickstand. if you tried to turn your wheel to face the right, it probably won't even be able to stand up
Not true, I have always turn mine to the right (Shadow and VTX's and now RSTD), see the photo in the start of the thread. BTW, I find no correlation with handle bar position to the kickstand.

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You say "of course", what am I missing?
My sarcasm.
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I have to turn my V-Star to the left to lock the Forks, and it also exposes the ignition key. I have at times turned my forks to the right if I'm checking tire pressure.

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Bikes I have owned and photos of the front tire not turned to the LEFT. BTW if I'm not on it or unless it is on level ground it will always be left in 1st. gear.
So I guess none of us know why the HD's seem to all have there front tires turned to the left. I posted a photo of a 2004, 1200 HD Roadster (Sportster) and I don't have the wheel turned to the left. I built a trike out of the HD.
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Where I am, I turn it to the left, not sure what I'd do should I park a bike in the southern hemisphere??? Would one turn it in the opposite direction?



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