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post #1 of 50 Old 03-28-2014, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Stand while riding questions

I really like to stand on the pegs and just ride on the '12 adv model. So Im wondering what you might have done to accomodate riding this way.

To be specific about one issue- Ive been wearing light,flexible hiking boots lately. I need a more protective boot. But how would a stiffer boot allow me to shift while standing?

Other things to consider?

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Love riding this way. Like a moving walkway. Nothing between us and the scenery. Shifting is a bit of an issue, but the soles of my riding boots are not very thick, so has not been much of a problem. Main issue is no way to see in the mirrors, but there is a new helmet out that addresses this issue. I just sit down every now and then and stay very aware of traffic.

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You can adjust the position of the shift lever and brake lever to work best with your position and boots.

Taking the slack out of the throttle cable is a help for me when standing.

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there is a new helmet out that addresses this issue.
Which helmet are you talking about?

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Which helmet are you talking about?

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Think it is called Reevu

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I have these - Suzuki V-Strom DL650 Long Distance Footpegs - Touratech-USA

Nice wide platform with better grip than the stock pegs.

For me to stand for any length of time I would need to lower my pegs and raise my bars as there seems to be too much distance between the bottom of my feet and the palms of my hands.:mrgreen:
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Shifting with heavier boots takes a little getting used to. Don't be discouraged at first. It will feel clumsy for awhile.

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I really like to stand on the pegs and just ride on the '12 adv model. So Im wondering what you might have done to accomodate riding this way.

Other things to consider?

Thanks,
John
For me, two things:

Higher seat. The transition from sitting to standing on the bike is then more like standing up from a good kitchen chair than from an old slumping sofa.

Taller handlebars. I don't have to stoop once up. I'm tall.

Both have made a big difference.

The difference in foot rotation is less between sitting and standing with the taller seat, maybe, making shifting or braking pretty much the same in either position. Anyway, I have no problem with this and a pair of street-centric boots.

I don't want to steal this thread, but I think you have to be careful here in Ontario by standing on the pegs. Police, and a judge ultimately, may think you are stunting - a really bad deal. So I am led to believe, others may know more.

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Why not just get a Segway and be done with it?

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Why not just get a Segway and be done with it?
+1, that had me laughing

Or maybe a sidecar and have someone else 'drive' while you stand in the sidecar pretend you're Ben Hur in your chariot.
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