HI everyone guys... I'm new here, in the Thumper world, with a 650Xchallenge. My off road experience limited with much easier dirt roads on 1150GS. Now with the lighter, 650 thumper I start trails and more knarly terrain. My new problem with this bike is the mounting bike when there is no way to use the side stand. Normally I'm "climbing" the bike with the side stand open. I'm kinda short, so I am not able to throw my leg or knee over the bike when my other foot on the floor. Now I'm working on to jump to a running bike. Let's say I'm on the left side of the bike, so, I'm starting the bike, in first gear, full clutch in, my left foot on the left peg. Letting clutch out, bike moves, all balanced, throw the right leg over it. It is rather scary for a 54 YO guy like me. Is there any "known" or better than my technique for this? Or do you think is OK and should I continue my trials?