One of the most frustrating experiences a motorcycle owner can have is finding their bike tipped over due to a poor parking job. While such a risk always exists, it is heightened when a biker is forced to park a motorcycle on a hill. If the parking job is not done correctly, the damage done to the bike could be quite extensive.
This is why you should be extremely careful when you attempt to stop and park your bike on a hill. You should never be haphazard about the position you park in. The motorcycle should always be parked so that it is at an angle from the curb. This will allow you to more easily ride back into traffic when you get back on.
The motorcycle should also be parked in a way so that the front tire is adjacent to and touching the curb. The bike should also be left in gear.
You should take other certain precautions to make sure your bike remains as stable as possible while parked as well. One thing you may not want to do is park your motorcycle with the side-stand’s lean in the direction of downhill.
This is a very unstable position, and the consequences could be disastrous. It can also make the process of up-righting the bike very difficult. If you do park in this position, you should at least try to park the bike so it’s at 35 degrees compared to the curb. This will help increase stability.
Alternatively, if you park with the side-stand in a position that’s leaning up the hill, this can create stability problems as well. In this position, your bike is at risk of tipping over. To help ward off this possibility, place the bike so it is about 45 degrees or so from the curb.
However, exactly how you should park on a hill depends on the hill itself. Different inclines may mean you will need to park your bike differently. You may have to try multiple positions until you find the right one. Overall, you want to make sure you find the most stable position possible to park your bike in. For new riders, this can be especially intimidating. However, with enough practice, or a tour in a motorcycle training course, you will be able to park your bike safely on an incline with ease.