Riding staircases

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by RRVT, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. RRVT

    RRVT Wild and Crazy Guy

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    First of all, let me start by saying I have no intention of doing it, nor do I encourage anyone to do so. But, seeing it in movies and some videos, I am curious - how many of you have tried tried it, and how doable is it? It's obvious that going down is easier, but I was surprised how some guys climbed pretty steep stairs on big bikes.
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  2. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Used to do it on a mountain bike a lot, but that was in PA. Other than, at very tops, two stairs, I don't think I've done it on a moto since I've moved to south Florida...

    But I'd have no qualms about taking the DR650 up a flight of stairs at any normal angle. Part of it is that the 21" front wheel on the DR650 allows the rolling to happen much easier. I would probably not try the same with a bike that had a, say, 16" front wheel for my own safety (but I'm sure it can be done).
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  3. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    I've done it, no problems. Just go for it. Up or down, thinking about what can go wrong is usually what screwed me up, instead of just going for it. Make sure there aren't any tight turns where your bike won't fit. Straight up or down is no problem, pretty much any bike.
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  4. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Did it out behind the shop one day on a DRZ. Got yelled at by the property manager. :D No different than a hill.
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  5. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    Down stairs just feels like a hill to me. Up stairs intimidates me for whatever reason, even if they're not steep. Still haven't tried going up yet :shog
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  6. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    The only issue is ground clearance when you get to the top. Or if you only do say 2 stairs going up. You can bottom out a street bike REALLY quick. Do not ask me how I know this.

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  7. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    Do it all the time on my mountain bike here in Seattle. I've tried it a couple times on my KLR. Really not that hard. Just like shooting up a steep embankment. Down will rattle your fillings. Up just takes a bit of conviction. As the others have said, just watch your break-over height at the top. A little extra throttle to clear the front wheel helps. The first time you do it will freak you out. After that you realize it's so easy you start looking for reasons. BTW, traffic cops frown on it as a way to circumvent rush hour traffic.
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  8. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    Don't try it on a scooter, tried it in Thailand and became the worlds smallest beached whale. I blame my wife, it was her idea and then she wouldn't help me rescue it..... thank god for scooter rentals!
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  9. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    On an SM, Hooliganism is kind of a requirement.
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  10. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    hahaahaha... YES !

    I have a KTM 525 EXC with a license plate. I have a couple industrial areas near my house. I am gonna' be tearin' up some loading dock drop offs and stairs sometime soon. Urban hooliganism is fun if you can't get to dirt.

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  11. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    yeah its fun. i need another Sumo
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  12. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    I got trapped on a sidewalk a while back, still the first few months of riding for me, and at the end was a small (3 or 4 steps) shallow flight of stairs. At first, I was freaked out. Then I said to myself "you have a GS. It's supposed to handle this shit. Besides, what else are you going to do - call someone? Ride the stupid steps, girl!"

    I throttled up a bit and just rode down them. It was a really really big non-event.
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  13. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    Not hard at all, i dont know if i'd try it on a cruiser or on a sport bike. On a KTM 500 xc it was a piece of cake. I haven't tried on my 990 adv, next time i come across a set of stairs, i'll report how i went.:D
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  14. sieg

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    +1 This is just too simple, not very steep, even incline, regularly spaced “bumps”, consistent traction, straight line. :huh Only issue would be ground clearance at the top, anything but a cruiser or sport bike should clear easy. If not just loft the front end.:D<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  15. RRVT

    RRVT Wild and Crazy Guy

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    So how exactly did that happen? Seems like there might be a funny story behind this...
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  16. Grreatdog

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    I was expecting something completely different. Stairs have a different meaning to off road riders in rock country. But actual stairs are just a bumpy ramp. Unless maybe you are facing something like the Exorcist stairs.........

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  17. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    I've ridden up and down stairs a bit on my WR250X supermoto and here's some things I've found that work for me...

    When going up stairs, it's different from going up a hill of the same incline. I have to lean way back to keep the front wheel from digging into the edge of the step. So lean back and let that front wheel come up. You also have to stay on the throttle. If you chop the throttle the forks will dive and you'll bottom out or stall out.

    Going down stairs is simple. Just like going down a steep hill, you keep your weight back and use the back brake to slow your speed.
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  18. sphyrnidus

    sphyrnidus born to ride

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    Never tried it myself but I live in a small town the motorcycle police uses as a training facility. Next to my house is a one story staircase to the main shopping street and I see them driving up and down this staircase, which is not very wide, every month. They do it on BMW RT's, mainly they use 850's of some years ago for training new cops.
    Now I ride with some officers in my club, and some of them are very experienced riders, but I also see a lot of police riders that make me think, maybe you should get some training.
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  19. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    I have very, VERY good mountain biking skills. I am a very proficient rider. I sat at the top of those stairs for 5 minutes contemplating riding down them. They are just steep and narrow, and I wussed out. One of those things you KNOW you can do, but you are just too chicken to try.

    I was kicked off the Canadian Embassy for jumping off their stairs on my MTB.

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  20. c5babe

    c5babe Been here awhile

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    See those stairs behind the fountain? I used to ride them on my bicycle when I was in 4th grade. It was a blast. It's 3 flights of 30 or so stairs. I'd also slide down the grassy slope on a flattened cardboard box. Damn! I had a great childhood! :lol3
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