Legal to stand up while riding?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by niceviewbehindbars, May 27, 2010.

  1. niceviewbehindbars

    niceviewbehindbars out enjoying the vu

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    I stand up a lot while riding, at least when my speed is below 45. Sometimes on the interstate but only for a few moments.

    I passed a state cop yesterday while standing and I know he saw me but he didn't turn around. Anyone know if there is a law on this? It may be different in different states I would assume. Dunno?

    I guess this is sort of like the thugs cruising around with the the seats laid all the way back. Although I know i am in much better control that they are.
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    It varies from state to state. WA & OR it is against the law. (But I do it anyway)
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  3. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I don't think it is. I do it on the interstate at 70, to stretch.
    Some cops don't ride and probably think it is though.
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  4. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    I've seen someone post one state's law that stipulates the rider must be seated. I never do it in traffic or where there are likely LEOs.
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  5. minerbill

    minerbill Emits Methane

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    From the Colorado Statutes:

    42-4-1502. Riding on motorcycles.
    (1) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent seat if designed for two persons or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator.

    (2) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on either side of the motorcycle.
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  6. DAKEZ

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    55-8-164. Riding on motorcycles.
    (a) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person, nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle, unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator. (b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, headlamp illuminated, facing forward, with one (1) leg on each side of the motorcycle. (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle, or other article which prevents such person from keeping both hands on the handlebars. (d) No operator shall carry any person, nor shall any person ride, in a position that will interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the operator. [Acts 1955, ch. 329, § 64; 1976, ch. 758, § 1; T.C.A., § 59-865.]
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  7. Trooper

    Trooper Been here awhile

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    It depends on the state. I believe Oregon requires you to be seated at all times while on the highway. California for example does not address it one way or the other.

    Greg:gerg
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  8. Toolpen

    Toolpen Been here awhile

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    Nice and I have wondered about this. Being able to stand and stretch is one of the reasons I can ride my motorcycle longer/farther than when operating a car. :clap
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  9. DAKEZ

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    There are some laws I do not care about. This is one. My bikes are designed to be ridden while standing as well as sitting and that is what I do and will continue to do. Laws be damned.

    I was pulled over one time in Everett, WA by a Fem-LEO. When I inquired as to why she told me because I was standing.

    A shift Sergeant pulled up and asked if I had been Speeding or stunting???

    She told him no and he got my license back from her, handed it to me and told me to have a nice night.

    WA. does have a law against it... but its a silly law.
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  10. niceviewbehindbars

    niceviewbehindbars out enjoying the vu

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    I'm with you. I'm still going to do it. Just wondering if it was legal or not. Anybody know about the east coast states?
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  11. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    AFAIK it isn't illegal in NC.

    That doesn't mean it can't fall under the heading "reckless", though. I assume most people know why I do it when it is hot out.
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  12. Calamity Jesus

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  13. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo TeeMarrZee

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    I've been pulled for it NC. Warned. Cop knew it was BS too but felt he had to let me know. I believe thay can charge you with a c&r ... 4 pts in NC.
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  14. H e a d N o r t h

    H e a d N o r t h (take the high road)

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    I do it once in a while, but generally with lots and lots of space between me and anyone else. Yet to be stopped.
    IF I am ever stopped for it, I plan to politely let the LEO know that it is a legitimate and prudent method of increasing leverage and stability in various road conditions, and is widely supported by MSA courses.
    Should the LEO indicate he plans to charge me, I will also politely inform him that I plan to make my case with a traffic judge.
    Always politely.

    I very much doubt I'd get written up.

    The ATTGATT and greying beard tend to indicate a generally mature individual, which has helped with other issues in the past. (Little do they know).

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  15. Calamity Jesus

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    Well, the wheelie you did by the speed trap was one hell of a hint...

    :rofl
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  16. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Not illegal in Vermont, and the state trooper thought it was a silly question when I asked. Some times of the year our small towns are clogged with tourists. I stand on the GS so I can better see folks pulling out...and so more of my high vis clothing is visible.

    It sure is hard to keep track of all these silly rules when traveling from state to state!

    Pete
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  17. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    In Texas the law sez, " the motorcycle shall be operated from the seat".
    I stand up all the time. If I get stopped I'll let you know.
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  18. Bucho

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    Illegal in Maryland.
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  19. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    Must be seated in West by God.
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  20. Gizmo

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    It does vary from state to state. frankly I do not know what the law in Arizona is where I live and frankly do not care, because if it is appropriate and or i need to, I will.
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