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Here is some useless triva, but kinda interesting.

Do any of you know why we all get on the motorcycle from the left side?? Why kickstands are on the left side?? Why you get on a bicycle from the left side??

I heard a very good explanation today. I won't post it yet.

I will give you guys a few guesses first.

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426 is on the right track i think. If it is true that you mount a horse from the right side then it would translate that a motorcycle is a steel horse(just ask Bon jovi) and is also mounted from the right.

Now for some really useless extra info-

I cant remember exactly but i will continnue with the logic that in the West(as opposed to the east or Orient) that we mount on the left side of a horse. I heard that in Japan when the first westerners went there they were suprised to find that in Japan and China they mounted on the right side.

if alll this is true and i'm pretty sure it might be(heh-heh) then why do we mount our JAPANESE steel horses on the left?

the answer lies in who won WWII

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Right handed mounters unite!!!!

I can't stand getting on/off from the left hand side and forget about pushing from that side...it sucks.

I know the motorcycle "training" courses around here teach people it is the "safest" way (left side) but their logic escapes me. Maybe it's a hold over from horse mounting days? (Not sheep mounting...that's a whole different topic.)

By the way, kickstands are on the WRONG side!!! When will manufacturers "wise up" and put them on the RIGHT side???? ๐Ÿ˜ข

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Well,

I do beleive you mount a horse from the left...because of tradition.

Calvary soldiers were usually right handed, thus mounting their swords on the left side and drawing the blade across their body when mounted (you couldn't pull it up and out, if mounted on the right)

So, you mount a horse from the left so as to not smack your pony with your scabbard.

Maybe it filters down to our bikes? ๐Ÿ˜ข

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Because bikes were originally made in Europe (guessing) and they ride on the left side of the road so when they got off they would be getting off on the curb and not the middle of the road? Just a guess here!

I'd say that might be true except only in England do they drive on the left. I think the French were the real motorcycle pioneers, and they drive on the right.

My guess is because the fuel petcock and the choke are on the left, so thats where people approach the bike from. But this is probably the chicken or the egg thing, in other words, maybe the petcock and choke are on the left because people mount from the left, not vice versa. ๐Ÿ˜ข

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The right answer was given. It goes back to long before motorcycles. Most all peolple mount horses from the left side. This really does not make sense either since most people are right handed. It seems that your right leg and your right arm would be much better to pull yourself up with than your weak side.

But, it goes back to a time when men rode horses into battle. Most men were right handed and wore their swords on their left side. Having a long sword on the left side of your body made the left side mount necessary. It would be hard to throw the left leg over the horse with a heavy sword on your left hip. So, most everyone mounted horses from the left side.

The need for the sword disappeared, but the act of mounting from the left remained. When young riders were taught, they were taught to mount from the left. This carried on to modern times and now holds true for motorcycles and bicycles as well.

I thought this was interesting when I heard and wanted to share it with the rest of you.

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Additionally did you ever notice how the right side of the bike is the better looking side? i think this is because on the kick stand the right side is more easy to see. My Hawk has the pipe and missing swing are side (single sided swing arm) on the right and it is the much better looking side. My Husky has the beautiful Ti pipe on the right. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Wow, what a waste of time ๐Ÿ˜ข

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I think it has more to do with the fact that the kickstand (if so equipped) is on the left side, and the kick starter is on the right. Almost any time you're stopped the bike is leaning to the left and your right foot is off the ground.

Of course, the design of all of this could easily go back to what you are referring to...

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Additionally did you ever notice how the right side of the bike is the better looking side? i think this is because on the kick stand the right side is more easy to see

I think a good reason why the right side is better looking is because the petcock is on the left side and the tank drops further down so that fuel will reach the lower side creating an ugly plastic look found on bikes like 90's Husabergs.. ๐Ÿ˜ข

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