Riding staircases

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

  1. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    That wasn't wussing out or chickening out my friend. That was wising up. :lol3

    Christ, I don't even like walking down those stairs
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  2. PeterW

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    Not a problem, even on a heavy pig of a bike like a DL.

    Helps to have tread but NOT have knobs. Last time for me was a couple of years back, got lost in a maze of twisty little passages looking for the parking at a Uni where I had a meeting. Spotted the bike park, 60m down there .....

    Made sure there's no one coming up and just rode down and parked the bike - got a standing ovation from the crowd of students and made it to the meeting on time.

    Take it slow, lots of rear brake, only use the front brake when it's on the flat bits, and line up the turns really far in advance.

    Pete
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  3. davidb21

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    never been up stairs, but going down just feels like a little hill
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  4. vortexau

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    Escalators . . . but ATGATT only.
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  5. Grreatdog

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    That picture creeps me out worse than the Exorcist stairs. :lol3
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  6. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    A guy from a local forum went down those stairs on a supermoto.

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  7. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    I've done a fair amount of this when I had my 950 SE. Down is easy except you really need to watch the angle of the top, if the stairs are steep and the bike has a longer wheel base you can knock the skid plate pretty hard on the top step. Up is pretty simple, get on the pegs, keep on the throttle and hit it. I've even done a few sets up and down with a light passenger.
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  8. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    It wasn't that funny, just dumb. I was riding around town, got up on to a sidewalk to park, and totally ignored my surroundings - where I parked was wide and street-level. Where I was going wasn't. It was raised up off the grass about a foot on the left, and against a building on the right, and about a meter wide. No turning around, and the one-foot dropoff was not looking good. So I took the stairs.
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  9. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    Going up, for me, was all about commitment. Line up, throttle up, and tell myself I could do it until I popped over the top. I had to tell myself that indecision or changing my mind halfway up would lead to certain fiery death. After I did it the first time on three steps, I worked my way up. Seem like a piece of cake now, but the 'Exorcist steps' in the picture are probably beyond my nerve.

    I went to an abandoned steel mill site that had a lot of foundations and steps, and learned to ride steps and ride off ledges, starting small and getting bigger. Didn't see a soul the whole time.
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  10. Barry

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    THIS. ^^^^^^


    indecision = bad


    Barry
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  11. Falconx84

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  12. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    When i first got my motard i was a little hesitant to go up them. After seeing a guy on a downhill mtb go up a set of 14 I figured out i was being a puss.

    It's not that big of a deal anymore, just gas it and let the front hit the second or third step and stay on the gas. Fast is key, but not too fast. Stand if you want.
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  13. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Ditto... I have a dual suspension MTB and can get up 4-6 stairs if I hit them hard enough. I got some stuff near my house, will try to get video when I go play on the EXC.

    Barry
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  14. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    Ditto.
    When I read the title the first thing I thought of was the Silver Stairs on Elephant Hill in Moab. :lol3

    Ron :D
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  15. drt_jumper

    drt_jumper n00b

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    LOL yeah that was me.....not one of my smarter moves. Need to talk myself out of (or into) going up them next. They are so steep not sure it is possible without either looping or spinning too bad losing momentum.
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  16. crash279

    crash279 DFW Supermoto Crew

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    Stairs make for some great pictures! We always make it a point to find some good stair sections on every ride!

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    P.S., those stairs are a lot taller than the pic shows lol...
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  17. nsu max

    nsu max Been here awhile

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    My wife groweled at me for riding up the bank in front of our house so I used the steps a few times. When I started leaving a black strip of rubber on the side walk she told me to use the bank.:evil I rode my XS 650 dual sport up the stairs and the side stand got caught on the top step and tossed me over the bars. It left the bike idling in gear with the tire spinning stuck on the top step and me on my back in front of the bike, all this on a sunny Saturday afternoon as my wife pulled up in front of the house and a couple neighbors doing yard work. Oooops! Yes I did learn my lesson, the side stand has been moved to the swing arm and I have a skid plate mounted.:lol3
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  18. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Good skills! I have done down small/gentle flights of stairs on MTB a few times (including ones made of mud held in place with boards on hillwalking trails). I've never done more than about 3/4 on a motorbike though, but I'd love to learn.

    There's an entertaining video (which I'll post up if I find it) of one of our local heroes using a freeway overpass as an impromptu 'junction' to change direction on a dual carriageway, instead of riding several miles on to the next turning point. So it can be a useful skill.
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  19. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    I scrape the shit out of the frame on my croozer just on little bits here and there getting on/off gravel.

    I really need to get rid of that thing and get something I can act like an idiot on.
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  20. crofrog

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    Nah man you got it!

    Pin it to win it!
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