Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
+1 to keeping the kickstand downhill. Make sure the weight of the bike is pushing BACKWARDS, never FORWARDS. I myself have witnessed that ending badly. Actually at a motorcycle dealer, with several bikes pointed down a very slight hill and in neutral. Two or three finally rolled forward and came to rest with a bang on their sides before someone came out and moved them. They would roll forward just a little and the kickstand would fold up, down they went. If they rolled the other way, they'd be dragging the kickstand with them, scraping it across the asphalt, which could potentially stop the bike before it gets into too much trouble.
Also, while your transmission will hold the bike at a stop in gear (I never leave it in neutral; always in gear), it's best to not force it to as things can slip or even fail! The closest you can get to being able to park the bike and leave it in neutral safety (even if you actually leave it in gear) the better. Back tire up against a curb will often accomplish that, as the weight of the bike sitting still isn't usually enough to push it up over the curb.
The final reason, is where it'll roll. Lets say it pops out of gear, it's on a hill. You have the bike facing uphill, but the back tire is away from the curb and the front tire is against the curb. It rolls back, skidding and dragging the sidestand; right into traffic. Could cause a serious accident. If it's facing the curb, worst case scenario is it just kind of scuttles and skids into a parked car, or just falls over. That sucks; but it's way better than it skidding out in front of a car, a car which plows into it, which claims it was your fault because the bike was improperly parked and the court agrees with them! Explain to your insurance company how your parked bike did $10,000 in damage!
So; always always always park it facing up the hill. And keep it 'pointed' away from traffic (which means pointing it TOWARDS traffic if it's facing uphill, as then, it'll roll backwards).
I'll second the comment about using the motor, not your legs to get out of a parking spot. Whenever possible, I back my bike in so I don't have to push back with my legs. In fact often I will locate a spot where I can 'roll it back' down a hill (like an ever so slightly sloped side of the parking lot), and then just pull out using the engine. Why work harder when you can work smarter!
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT