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     When parking a motorcycle in a parking lot, usually it is best to back into the space. Backing into the parking space allows the rider to leave the space easier, with a better view of any other moving vehicles. When parking curbside, the Illinois Secretary of State's Motorcycle Operator Manual says the motorcycle's rear wheel should touch the curb and the motorcycle itself should be perpendicular to the curb.

Kickstand Disk
When parking on asphalt in hot temperatures, it can be useful to use a kickstand puck. Usually a circular disc a little larger than a soup can lid, a kickstand puck helps spread out the weight of the motorcycle over a larger surface. This prevents the kickstand from sinking into the soft asphalt. Without a puck, the kickstand will quickly bite into the asphalt when the weather is warm. This can leave ugly marks on a driveway and can even lead to the motorcycle falling over.

     Bring the motorcycle to a complete stop and shift into neutral. Turn the ignition key to the off, lock or park position, lower the kickstand and turn the handlebars to the far left. Switch the fuel control valve to the off position. To dismount the motorcycle, squeeze the front brake with the right hand. With the left foot planted flat on the ground, swing the right leg back over. Remember to always mount and dismount the motorcycle from the left side of the vehicle (toward the kickstand and away from the hot exhaust pipe).

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