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Old 01-25-2015, 02:27 AM   #1
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Accidental Neutrals When Standing

I rode a rocky riverbed last week. First time trying one as well as a river crossing. My klx250s held up quite well. One problem I had was accidental shifts to neutral while standing - only when coming up out of some dips/larger holes, opposite bank of the river/etc. It always happened at the worst possible time...when I needed power the most.

A rookie mistake, right? I couldn't find anything out there written about this and wondering what's SOP to avoid this?

What I've been doing is simply pointing my toe down in these situations. It works but feels somewhat awkward and not so safe. What do you do to avoid this?

I'm not going to post in the ride report, but here's some pics of the ride. Good times!








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Old 01-25-2015, 03:56 AM   #2
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Adjust the gear lever upwards by one spline.
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:00 AM   #3
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Adjust the gear lever upwards by one spline.
Stand with the balls of your feet on the pegs, not the arch. That way your toes shouldn't reach the lever. Much safer for your feet too, as you can't catch your toe on a rock or under a root.
To shift move your toe forward for a second.

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Old 01-25-2015, 06:12 AM   #4
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Stand with the balls of your feet on the pegs, not the arch. That way your toes shouldn't reach the lever. Much safer for your feet too, as you can't catch your toe on a rock or under a root.
To shift move your toe forward for a second.

Cool pictures.
And don't hug the bike with your boots or legs. You want to be loose enough on the bike that it can move underneath you without throwing you around as it follows the terrain.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:38 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I'll give those suggestions a try. I can see why people want wider foot pegs. They might be advantageous in this situation. I've got big feet.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
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I'm sure we have all done that. Last year, tough washout crossing in second gear and at the worst possible moment touched the top of the shifter dropping it into neutral. Revved to the moon, no footing on the left side and took a dirt nap. All on video and low & behold, little green light all light up proud Thanks a lot. If you move your shifter to compensate you may end up with the same senario as me in second! I like the balls of the feet idea and I'm sure it will work with my size 9's. Maybe not with your big feet tho...Good luck.
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:37 PM   #7
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In addition to raising the gear lever, which should be at least level with the peg, or higher, for big feet, I have #13s, consider lengthening the gear lever a bit, 10-15 mm and shortening the tip. Works for me.

I set my ergos up for standing and if that compromises control operation when sitting, I'm fine with that.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:26 PM   #8
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Stand with the balls of your feet on the pegs, not the arch. That way your toes shouldn't reach the lever. Much safer for your feet too, as you can't catch your toe on a rock or under a root.
To shift move your toe forward for a second.

Cool pictures.
This. Move the foot back after each time you shift or brake.
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