How'd he do it??? At dead still Stoplight both feet UP!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by gogomccord, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. gogomccord

    gogomccord Riding Venus daily.

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    Just witnessed a older geezer on a giant goldwing at a stoplight dead still with both feet up. Is he an amazing balancer or is there some secret I dont know. I can't imagine how the heck he stayed balanced at a stand still and Never set a foot down for a 2-3 minute stop light.


    Do you know how to balance bike at lights so you never set a foot down????? Please teach me this magic:bow
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  2. SilverBullet

    SilverBullet Been here awhile

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    He might have had a car tire on the rear making it easier to balance but dang 2-3 minutes is a long time.

    or maybe retractable training wheels, haha
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  3. c_m_shooter

    c_m_shooter Ninja Warrior

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    Maybe he's a trials rider.
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  4. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Could just be good balance, I've ridden with folks who can sit on a bike indefinitely, eat lunch or whatever without falling over. One kid I used to race with would walk all the way around his CR125R while stopped (stand on one peg, then the seat, then the other peg, then the front tire, then back to sitting on the bike).
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  5. VFR_firefly

    VFR_firefly Buh Bye!

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    2-3 seconds I can do.

    Long enough to let the wheels stop, the forks decompress and the bike come to a standstill -no problem, that only takes a half second or so.

    But 2-3 Minutes????

    :bow :bow :bow
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  6. 20scout

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    I knew of an ol'timer that use to win every slow race at every bike event he ever went to. He could balance the bike what seemed like forever, well past any other bike in the compitition. Never did find out how he did it!


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  7. xsthomas

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    It depends on the type of tires you have on your bike. You can purchase
    tires, so you can balance feet up all day if you wish to do so.
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  8. fxstbiluigi

    fxstbiluigi crash test dummy

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    I'm wondering if you have a problem with preception of time? there is a lot of good weed out there that will do that to ya. 2-3 min stop lights are non exsistant here.
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  9. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    I've seen a big touring bike (don't remember if it was a 'Wing but that class of bike) with a pair of smaller stabilizing wheels to either side of it. They were on some sort of suspension. They were pretty obvious, not like anyone wouldn't see they were there. But those would certainly allow the rider not to put feet down at a stop!

    (I'd vote for the car tire rear, which some of those riders use for longer tire life on the slab.)
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  10. Big Doobie

    Big Doobie Frustrated Redneck

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    I work as a highway desinger, for the state of PA.

    Traffic signal phases last about 30 seconds per phase. (seems longer though, don't it?)

    He most likely didn't balance for more than a minute, but still that is kinda cool.

    Seen a co-worker/Harley rider balance longer than I'd thought possible.
    Howard has riden alot of miles though.

    The upright riding position probably helps too.

    But I think it comes down to practice.
    Best way to get better at everything is practice.

    Tell the Mrs. that about sex.
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  11. shovelstrokeed

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    Start by learning to keep your eyes on the far distant horizon when stopping. That will aid you in having the bike perfectly vertical when you come to a stop.

    The perfect vertical is the key. Once there, keep your eyes up and try not to make anything but the most subtle corrections.

    As time goes on, you'll get better at this. From there, it is just a matter of practice. Bicycle riders do it all the time.
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  12. megaira

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    Maybe some brownies? ;)
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    I used to see a paraplegic rider at the track with just such retractable gear. Looked like two skate wheels on a pair of rods that lowered by way of a switch.
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  14. jredford

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  15. DAKEZ

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    You guys put your feet down when you stop? :scratch :jack
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  16. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    If you give a balanced motor a good dollop of revs it will work like a gyroscope and keep you upright. I've seen a stunter I met keep a Ninja up for 2mins, a Wing with an opposed motor would probably give you a better effect.
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  17. eakins

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    you guys stop? :rofl
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  18. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    As a unicyclist turned motorcycle rider, I can say it is certainly possible.
    No, I doubt I could do it now, but with practice I'm sure anyone could.
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  20. Gateshutter

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    Maybe he was asleep
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