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i had the habit since kid to park in neutral my bike... kickstarter bikes taught me that habit...
once in a while, when forced to park uphill... obviously i parked her in first gear

in that cases i had to remember that... when fired up my bike later...

nowadays with the clutch switch, your bike does not roar into life if you have the gear engaged and have not pulled the clutch... (overtime i had to shim that switch though... cause it was not properly engaged when the clutch was completely pulled)...
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In 1st gear. Never trust the Dime size contact and spring of the kickstand to keep it from moving.
Hmm, wonder what's bigger the contact area of the kickstand and bracket at the lock point or the surface area of the engaged teeth on the countershaft/mainshaft?!?
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Same here........ leave it in 1st. Just a little bump or somebody leaning on it could send it rolling off into traffic or falling on somebody.
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I usually leave mine in gear, just because it's in gear when I stop, if I am running the bike on the stand in neutral, I do not bother putting it in gear, either. It doesn't really matter, the bike can still roll in gear, not sure that's a good reason to put it in gear for parking. If you really want to stop rolling when parked, you need a brake lock or disk lock. AFAIK the Harley locking side stand works as well as the brake locks.
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It’s easier to knock mine into neutral while it’s still moving rather than stopping or being stopped and trying to find neutral , so I park in neutral... crazy huh? But I like to live on the edge haha. I trust the locking side stand to keep it upright.
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What a great thread, I think we all park as per need, be it hill, up or down. Funny as it is, I do park in "N" and store it as well. I was taught to be in "N" when coming to a stop, Just always used that method... It is great how we all have different methods and makes us all unique... Ride Hard,,,,
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My xlch is kick only. Kicking it over in first is not good. Therefore unless on a hill parked in neutral.
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In gear only when I have no choice but to park facing Down Hill. (rare)
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I always park and leave in gear,years ago I was parked and a lady baked into my bile and pushed it back about a foot. If it was in neutral it would have keep going and possibly went over. did damage to fork and could have been worst.
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Flat surface neutral. That way I can start it and let it warm up while I put on gloves, helmet, etc. On hill, or where I am worried about any roll, in gear. Road King won't start in gear even with clutch in. Japanese bikes have terrible kick stands, had bikes roll off the stand and it did not lock in place like Harley's. Some Japanese bikes also did not lean at much of an angle, another problem. So it varies by the situation. I avoid always parking in down hill situation unless I can ride out that direction.
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