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post #1 of 18 Old 07-21-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ive gotta put my foot down!

As a novice Im not familiar with the etiquette of the motorcycle world.
Today i rode with 3 experienced riders (to learn more) and I got razzed because I put my foot down 4-5 times on a 22 km trail run.
Is it THAT bad to do so?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-21-2013, 07:24 PM
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Dunno, beats falling on your ass...
If your trying to learn, they shouldn't be razzing you anyway. If it wasn't good natured joshing I would find some new riding partners.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-21-2013, 07:33 PM
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Not sure why they would razz you....everyone has to learn sometime. Willing to bet they did not start out as experts...also do not take constructive pointers as razzing on your style. Laying your foot down may be risky sometimes...

Just know it will decrease with experience...but remember this experience when you see someone new rider doing the same...

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post #4 of 18 Old 07-21-2013, 07:38 PM
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Moto-cross racers, and flat-track racers often put their feet down, as required for stability and conrol.

You're free to do the same. As skill advances, you may put a foot down less frequently.

justjeff's correct in his comment above. For an equestrian analogy, better to grab onto the saddle horn, or get bucked off (if those are the choices)?

Regardless, I think you've reached a favorable point in your development as a rider: RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE. This is true, no matter what the situation. Doesn't matter what your partners' reaction might be; it's YOUR ride; do what makes YOU feel most comfortable and secure.

If any such thing as "riding etiquette" exists, razzing or poking fun a a new rider is "bad form," and could have dangerous consequences.
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Regardless, I think you've reached a favorable point in your development as a rider: RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE. This is true, no matter what the situation. Doesn't matter what your partners' reaction might be; it's YOUR ride; do what makes YOU feel most comfortable and secure.
Couldn't have said it better, myself.



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post #6 of 18 Old 07-21-2013, 08:51 PM
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If you're new and riding an old KLR on trails, and they're experienced and riding new KTM's on trails, ask them if you can switch bikes to see if you do any better or if they do any worse. That ought to shut them up. AND if they have a Rekluse clutch tell them to shut the #$%! up! Practice as your own pace on your KLR, then try a light dirt bike and it will feel like you're cheating.
In other words, don't worry about putting your foot down.

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post #7 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 12:45 AM
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I agree with all that has been said except I can't seem to insert it "above"!!
I put my feet down from time to time. Sometimes I even paddle! This is where the debate over hard vs soft bags comes in too. Never paddle with hard bags. It's a good way to break a leg.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 01:06 AM
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Hey, from an old Flat tracker and Motocrosser here I have a habit of putting a foot down quite often(old habits are hard to break), just be aware of the surface when doing it and nothing wrong with developing your own style.
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 10:58 AM
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Ever watch supercross? Most fast dirt riders have their inside foot out and to the front, not necessarily to catch them from falling but to shift weight distribution. Any good rider knows this. The only types riding I can think of that it is wrong or not allowed is superbike and trials... Any more static from them tell them to go jump a log....
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when riding the twisty rocky gravel roads here ive always stuck my leg out in sharp turns. it helps me hold my line as I like to swing my rear out coming out of turn ... when riding rough single track its best to try and keep both feet up best you can but ,if feel you must do so its better than falling on your butt ...

when I ride my fat tiger out in the woods I had hard time convincing myself keeping my legs on the pegs but as I kept my speed up it actually did very well .. soft sand I still have bad habit of footing it ..

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