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    standing on footpegs crazy GS riders

    Hi,

    As an RT owner and a GS adventure rider wanna-be, I have a question. Is riding while standing on the foot pegs safe or unsafe ? It seems as if it can be safer at times and unsafe at times. It it legal ? It seems on the interstate you could get charged with 'unsafe operation' for standing on foot-pegs.

    At the rally, I saw a whole bunch of crazy GS riders standing on their foot pegs. I had never noticed this before. So, it was a novelty. It made me smile. I don't know why, but it made me really happy to see the crazy GS riders standing on their foot-pegs. So, even though I ride a heavier RTP, I started standing on my foot pegs. It felt wonderful. Additionally, I noticed you can see further and better.

    While transitioning to and from my foot pegs, I do my best not to throw off the bike. For example, I would slowly rise and lower myself to seat. So, it seems safe.

    After trying this a few times, I found myself standing on the foot pegs all the time. If I was not in a corner, I would stand. Yesterday, I did a for at least 20-50 miles during my 800 mile ride. On the interstate, if someone was in the fast lane and driving slow, I would stand on my foot pegs. They would promptly move over, and I would sit and wave. When I was worried about deer, I stood on my foot pegs to better scan the tree line at dusk. When I entered intersections and came up hills, I stood on my foot pegs. When I wanted to see the landscape from the interstate, I stood on my foot pegs. When I was tired, I stood on my foot pegs. When on back roads in the rural areas, I stood on my foot pegs. I also stood for a mile or so down a straight rural gravel road in southern Illinois. Do any other riders do this or is this just supposed to be a GS thing ?
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    Standing helps the bike move more freely under you, particularly on uneven or loose ground. It also helps to stretch during long highway miles. I remember watching the guys do this and had similar thoughts but I'm happy to report that it is rather easy!

    Don't just stand on the side lines, come out and join the GS Giants! One thing that continues to amaze me is that once you take that first step, there are plenty of great folks to encourage you and help you improve your skills. You just need to get over the fear of falling or damaging your bike. Dirty is purty and dings are something to be proud of! (of course, it's best if you have a GS too!)

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    I stand on the GS and RT pegs on long trips. I'll do it to stretch the long limbs folded underneath. Plus it kinda airs things out down there. For me, it does much to add to the comfort. For sure, when off road, especially when the surface is on the bumpy side, I'll stand. When on pavement, and a standing stretch is called for, I'll wait for the right location... minimal to no traffic and typically a straight.

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    As they said, it's great for stretching and sometimes, at a prudent following distance, for getting the attention of someone that is driving slow in front of you.

    Where it is NOT good ,is where you might need to make a sudden hard brake application, such as entering an intersection or where deer might be lurking. You cannot make a "panic" stop while standing. The extra time involved to sit back down could be the difference between hitting and avoiding the problem.

    It's just another tool in the riding toolbox. Use it wisely!



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    I find it easier to do slow speed maneuvers while standing which is why I often stood to scoot through the rally grounds.

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    There are places where the LEOs will cite you for "stunting" for standing up to stretch your legs. I was warned about this after a long ride that ended up in north Georgia by a couple of locals that had been ticketed for stretching their legs. Silly, but something to think about before you stand up to relieve that pain in your knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    There are places where the LEOs will cite you for "stunting" for standing up to stretch your legs. I was warned about this after a long ride that ended up in north Georgia by a couple of locals that had been ticketed for stretching their legs. Silly, but something to think about before you stand up to relieve that pain in your knees.
    Be careful doing this in Ontario. It could cost you $10,000 and confiscation of your bike and suspension of your license for a week.

    I keep my standup stretching to hovering my butt just above my bikes' seats when on our province's highways. The judge and jury is the OPP officer and there is no appeal. This falls under the province's street racing law.
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    Standing makes perfect sense in loose material when conventional countersteering may cause the need for traction to exceed that which is available. The method is taught at off-road riding schools. But putting around the rally grounds standing on the pegs is more showmanship than necessity. A quick stretch maybe. Cruisin! Not needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyGrownup View Post
    Do any other riders do this or is this just supposed to be a GS thing ?
    No and its not a GS thing. Dirt riders on real dirt bikes have been doing it long before GSes were even thought of.

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