stand up ?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by high dangler, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    Lets have a discussion about riding standing up.
    Im all into learning new tricks but this riding standing up sure feels odd to me and when im doing it i cant help thinking,.. whats the point?
    Im not knocking it.. I know some off you are very good at it and make it look so easy and natural. . It bugs me when i dont understand something.
    Id like to discuss the pros and cons .
    Im a long time street rider ,mostly sportbikes ,very little dirt background.
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  2. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    I only stand up in 3 instances.

    One: I just fkn wanna.
    Two: I have an uncomfortable wrinkle in my pants and want to get it out.
    Three: My ass is asleep.


    And all three are illegal. But I'm currently working with the senate oversight committee and we're gonna put it to a by-partisan next year, IF we get all the feasibility studies out of the way, and we get enough votes.
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  3. DrLewall

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    makes farting easier! :evil
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    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    no, that's a one-cheeker shifter often mistaken for "setting up" for the next turn.

    Perfectly legal.
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  5. Old Blue

    Old Blue Shallow waterman

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    And it's a darn good way to stretch the leg and rump muscles.
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  6. paranoiz

    paranoiz Adventurer

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    I think standing up, is one way to avoid putting extreme pressure on the shocks, if you are going over a sudden road hazard, and you have no time to maneuver past it. Like a pothole or a big bump.
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  7. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

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    Standing up. --> Quite effective in shaking the infrequent tailgater.
    (Ain't bad off-road either.)
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  8. Wolfgang55

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    I have found my hips (hip) hurts less when I am off pavement & my knees (knee) on the other side of the natural hip, will absorb the road bumps. Standing allows the bike to dance a bit under me while my body actually moves less. This way the little corrections that take place w/ my mostly forward moe:deal (momentum) do so w/o my jerking around & messing up an otherwise smooth looking ride over the poor guy who just fell while sitting down.
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  9. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    Once again, common sense prevails here. Going over really rough stuff, rock's, fallen tree trunk's, water crossing's, ditche's, just to mention few, you're better off standing on the peg's. Some ds bikes' are really well suited for standing, all can be altered by handle bar riser's, lowering the peg's. Standing on the peg's is an essential skill if you are to do any amount of dirt riding. I am a 'sitting down' rider, most of the time, that's the way i learned it, long time ago. The 'center of gravity' thing, i wont go into, as it's another counter-thingy debate:D
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  10. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    agree ! bent legs become part of suspension. .A lot easier on the bike and rider.
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  11. DrLewall

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    primary reason for standing up, on pavement that is, is to stretch!..secondary, to see further ahead..op's querry is vague as it does not alude to on road vs off road..most answers given so far are for off road..but try standing up on a cruiser with fwd controls! :evil
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    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    This is a good one. While I don't have lots of experience with it, the guys on the SMJ say the exact same thing.

    It temporarily blinds and stuns an otherwise thoughtless and clueless species of; the drone cage driver, into thinking "WTF is that? He's going to kill somebody! I better slow down and get off his ass... For if and when he crashes, he might sue me!?"
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  13. ragtoplvr

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    Hot weather summer riding standing is a good way to air out the boys, essential on long trips. And of course cool off in general.

    Letting the blood flow is also good, I have a good seat, but still.

    My 55 year old knees need to stand at times.

    Then there are road conditions that warrant it, ranging from rough spots, seeing over traffic, road construction with gravel, etc.

    Your weight on the foot pegs is an essential control, best accomplished standing.

    Then there is that farting issue.Not Sharts, just farts, I hope I have a few more years before that trust a fart issue arises.. Still, you do not want that gas trapped.

    Rod
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  14. LittleRedToyota

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    are you talking about on road or off?

    on paved roads, other than going over bumps, i don't see much point in it...except for stretching or just having fun.

    off road, it decouples your weight from the bike...so you can let the bike jump around under you as it finds it's way through ruts, over rocks, slide around in mud, etc. and still maintain your balance/keep the bike upright.

    if you are seated over the rough stuff, and your body goes with the bike instead of acting to counterbalance it, you won't be able to stay upright as long or while moving as fast.

    standing also makes it easier to move your weight back and forth as conditions dictate. it also makes it easier to turn the bike by weighting the footpegs instead of having to use the handle bars as much. (before anyone even starts, yes, that does work on dirt bikes.)
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  15. Masa

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    This. I find it really relaxing to cruise along on small logging roads standing and steering the bike with pegs, and just enjoying how bike reacts to even smallest amount weight transfer.
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  16. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    i guess im talking street since i dont see much if any any dirt .
    Ive heard it said that it lowers center of gravity making bike more manuverable on say..a cone course . I know from roadracing that fastest way around a curve is to have body low and inside . Kind of contradicts .
    Im trying to learn what the advantges are .I see guys that have very good control while standing in low speed (under 30mph )situations
    So far im puzzeled how they accomplish this. Although i'm old Im going to master this with practice , its just how i am with anything motorcycle.
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    Standing on the street is only good for a stretch or better visibility of debris while weaving through an accident scene. Oh and 4th gear wheelies at speed.
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    In this case, you heard wrong.

    Let the threadcrap begin.
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  19. jetjackson

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    I find figure 8's and full locked turns easier in standing position. Increase your forward visibility in some circumstances + all of the above - stretch legs, get balls back into place so you are not sitting on them etc.

    Also if you know you are going to eat sh-t in the dirt it is easier to just step off the bike and watch it slide away, rather than getting pinned under it. + all the things on balance, weighting the pegs etc. that the above mentioned that are relevant in dirt.

    Do an advanced dirt riding course if you want to learn.
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  20. kpt4321

    kpt4321 Long timer

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    Stand up for bumps.

    Thus:

    On smooth roads, stand up never.
    On bumpy roads, stand up occasionally.
    On dirt, stand up (almost) always.

    End of thread. :D
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