Shifting while standing

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCflyer, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    That's what's going to happen. To shift you will most often have to move your foot off the peg. Eventually you will automatically compensate for the movement so your steering isn't affected. Again, having ridden a trials bike where you can not touch the lever while on the peg, it is all in the learning process. You just have to get used to it.
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  2. Le Barge

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    You needs to form manly calves....Standing is about being one with your bike in my humble opinion..When I was a wee lad it was easy and now i find it more difficult ..My bike is a pig and I'm not as strong as i used to be yada yada yada...Any and all excuses to be riding poorly ..My best advice is to go slowly over cresting hills and body flex untill you and your bike are buddies again ..As a kid we only rode standing and it must have been easier... tis a pain to relearn old skills..I have never set up my bike correctly rather made all adjustments via my own body to compensate ... changing the bike ....?? hmm what a novel idea
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  3. FirstPath

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    Bringing life to a dead thread. In the next week I'll be taking a dirt riding course and I am hoping we cover this. I'm assuming it's not considered an "advanced" technique. Read through some great advice and I've been in the parking lots running up and down through 1st and 2nd while standing on my DR. Awkward now and I'm sure it will begin to feel more natural.
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  4. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    You don't need dirt to practice, you can practice riding out of your subdivision.

    I haven't been offroad in years. But I've been continually shifting while standing, on pavement. I often ride through town on my CBF getting up to 3rd gear standing on the pegs then staying there until I'm in 1st again, and will sit just before I stop.

    The CBF's ergonomics don't allow for great handling while standing, but the Strom I had before it, was great. I would ride backroads for 15 minutes and speeds up to 100k and stand the whole time.
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  5. Zerk

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    I was riding around Lake Superior, with my GF, guy on sporting touring, no one on the back seat, asked why I took my bagger, when I own a Concours. I said it is just more comfortable. He told me you can stand up these. It may be lost on him that I could stand on my bagger, but it is is even better when you don't have to stand up. I don't miss the days riding little bikes, I can't remember the last time I stood up.

    I do realize off road is different.
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  6. ER70S-2

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    Rotate the shift lever up one notch on the spline, it's easier to get your toe under it when standing.
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  7. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I find "pivot pegz" help a lot in this regard, particularly when wearing Enduro boots. I really struggled with it at first, but it does get easier the more time you spend stood up, eventually you'll stop thinking about it and it will just become automatic. In a word: Practice. :)
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  8. Pantah

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    Me too. No biggie, though. I don't think about it but it can feel awkward in rougher terrain.
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  9. PeterW

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    Why I don't wear heavy MX boots for the casual dirt road riding I do. Just about everytime I've dropped the bike off road I've been fishing around for another gear at the time. I'll live with less protection in return for ankle joints that'll move.

    'Better' boots don't compensate for more likelyhood of dropping the bike.

    Pete
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  10. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I found out today that I can shift my Busa standing up......why,you ask?.....because I can! And, yes, it's an adventure bike...:D
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