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RRVT 11-08-2012 12:25 PM

Riding staircases
First of all, let me start by saying I have no intention of doing it, nor do I encourage anyone to do so. But, seeing it in movies and some videos, I am curious - how many of you have tried tried it, and how doable is it? It's obvious that going down is easier, but I was surprised how some guys climbed pretty steep stairs on big bikes.

Mambo Dave 11-08-2012 12:45 PM

Used to do it on a mountain bike a lot, but that was in PA. Other than, at very tops, two stairs, I don't think I've done it on a moto since I've moved to south Florida...

But I'd have no qualms about taking the DR650 up a flight of stairs at any normal angle. Part of it is that the 21" front wheel on the DR650 allows the rolling to happen much easier. I would probably not try the same with a bike that had a, say, 16" front wheel for my own safety (but I'm sure it can be done).

corndog67 11-08-2012 12:49 PM

I've done it, no problems. Just go for it. Up or down, thinking about what can go wrong is usually what screwed me up, instead of just going for it. Make sure there aren't any tight turns where your bike won't fit. Straight up or down is no problem, pretty much any bike.

anotherguy 11-08-2012 12:51 PM

Did it out behind the shop one day on a DRZ. Got yelled at by the property manager. :D No different than a hill.

GoGoGavin41 11-08-2012 12:53 PM

Down stairs just feels like a hill to me. Up stairs intimidates me for whatever reason, even if they're not steep. Still haven't tried going up yet :shog

Barry 11-08-2012 01:25 PM

The only issue is ground clearance when you get to the top. Or if you only do say 2 stairs going up. You can bottom out a street bike REALLY quick. Do not ask me how I know this.


DaveStockwell 11-08-2012 01:45 PM

Do it all the time on my mountain bike here in Seattle. I've tried it a couple times on my KLR. Really not that hard. Just like shooting up a steep embankment. Down will rattle your fillings. Up just takes a bit of conviction. As the others have said, just watch your break-over height at the top. A little extra throttle to clear the front wheel helps. The first time you do it will freak you out. After that you realize it's so easy you start looking for reasons. BTW, traffic cops frown on it as a way to circumvent rush hour traffic.

Crisis management 11-08-2012 01:51 PM

Don't try it on a scooter, tried it in Thailand and became the worlds smallest beached whale. I blame my wife, it was her idea and then she wouldn't help me rescue it..... thank god for scooter rentals!

Qwik 11-08-2012 02:16 PM

On an SM, Hooliganism is kind of a requirement.

Barry 11-08-2012 02:47 PM


Originally Posted by Qwik (Post 20001588)
On an SM, Hooliganism is kind of a requirement.

hahaahaha... YES !

I have a KTM 525 EXC with a license plate. I have a couple industrial areas near my house. I am gonna' be tearin' up some loading dock drop offs and stairs sometime soon. Urban hooliganism is fun if you can't get to dirt.


Qwik 11-08-2012 02:52 PM

yeah its fun. i need another Sumo

atomicalex 11-09-2012 12:20 AM

I got trapped on a sidewalk a while back, still the first few months of riding for me, and at the end was a small (3 or 4 steps) shallow flight of stairs. At first, I was freaked out. Then I said to myself "you have a GS. It's supposed to handle this shit. Besides, what else are you going to do - call someone? Ride the stupid steps, girl!"

I throttled up a bit and just rode down them. It was a really really big non-event.

Aussijussi 11-09-2012 01:29 AM

Not hard at all, i dont know if i'd try it on a cruiser or on a sport bike. On a KTM 500 xc it was a piece of cake. I haven't tried on my 990 adv, next time i come across a set of stairs, i'll report how i went.:D

sieg 11-09-2012 04:59 AM


Originally Posted by atomicalex (Post 20004839)
Ride the stupid steps, girl!"

It was a really really big non-event.

+1 This is just too simple, not very steep, even incline, regularly spaced “bumps”, consistent traction, straight line. :huh Only issue would be ground clearance at the top, anything but a cruiser or sport bike should clear easy. If not just loft the front end.:D<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

RRVT 11-09-2012 06:55 AM


Originally Posted by atomicalex (Post 20004839)
I got trapped on a sidewalk a while back

So how exactly did that happen? Seems like there might be a funny story behind this...

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