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Old 05-27-2010, 10:15 AM   #1
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Legal to stand up while riding?

I stand up a lot while riding, at least when my speed is below 45. Sometimes on the interstate but only for a few moments.

I passed a state cop yesterday while standing and I know he saw me but he didn't turn around. Anyone know if there is a law on this? It may be different in different states I would assume. Dunno?

I guess this is sort of like the thugs cruising around with the the seats laid all the way back. Although I know i am in much better control that they are.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:18 AM   #2
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It varies from state to state. WA & OR it is against the law. (But I do it anyway)
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:19 AM   #3
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I stand up a lot while riding, at least when my speed is below 45. Sometimes on the interstate but only for a few moments.

I passed a state cop yesterday while standing and I know he saw me but he didn't turn around. Anyone know if there is a law on this? It may be different in different states I would assume. Dunno?

I guess this is sort of like the thugs cruising around with the the seats laid all the way back. Although I know i am in much better control that they are.
I don't think it is. I do it on the interstate at 70, to stretch.
Some cops don't ride and probably think it is though.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:23 AM   #4
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I've seen someone post one state's law that stipulates the rider must be seated. I never do it in traffic or where there are likely LEOs.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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From the Colorado Statutes:

42-4-1502. Riding on motorcycles.
(1) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent seat if designed for two persons or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator.

(2) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on either side of the motorcycle.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:30 AM   #6
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55-8-164. Riding on motorcycles.
(a) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person, nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle, unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator. (b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, headlamp illuminated, facing forward, with one (1) leg on each side of the motorcycle. (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle, or other article which prevents such person from keeping both hands on the handlebars. (d) No operator shall carry any person, nor shall any person ride, in a position that will interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the operator. [Acts 1955, ch. 329, § 64; 1976, ch. 758, § 1; T.C.A., § 59-865.]
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #7
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From the Colorado Statutes:

42-4-1502. Riding on motorcycles.
(1) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent seat if designed for two persons or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator.

(2) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on either side of the motorcycle.
Kinda silly, because MSF and other safety training teach you to stand up for certain situations, i.e. straddling objects. I stand up all the time. If a cop ever pulls me over, I hope it will be obvious I wasn't stunting and they accept my reasoning that I was stretching or straddling an object.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:37 AM   #8
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It depends on the state. I believe Oregon requires you to be seated at all times while on the highway. California for example does not address it one way or the other.

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Old 05-27-2010, 12:13 PM   #9
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California for example does not address it one way or the other.Greg
Nice and I have wondered about this. Being able to stand and stretch is one of the reasons I can ride my motorcycle longer/farther than when operating a car.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:23 PM   #10
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Laws be damned.

There are some laws I do not care about. This is one. My bikes are designed to be ridden while standing as well as sitting and that is what I do and will continue to do. Laws be damned.

I was pulled over one time in Everett, WA by a Fem-LEO. When I inquired as to why she told me because I was standing.

A shift Sergeant pulled up and asked if I had been Speeding or stunting???

She told him no and he got my license back from her, handed it to me and told me to have a nice night.

WA. does have a law against it... but its a silly law.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:51 PM   #11
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There are some laws I do not care about. This is one. My bikes are designed to be ridden while standing as well as sitting and that is what I do and will continue to do. Laws be damned.

I was pulled over one time in Everett, WA by a Fem-LEO. When I inquired as to why she told me because I was standing.

A shift Sergeant pulled up and asked if I had been Speeding or stunting???

She told him no and he got my license back from her, handed it to me and told me to have a nice night.

WA. does have a law against it... but its a silly law.
I'm with you. I'm still going to do it. Just wondering if it was legal or not. Anybody know about the east coast states?
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:04 PM   #12
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I'm with you. I'm still going to do it. Just wondering if it was legal or not. Anybody know about the east coast states?

AFAIK it isn't illegal in NC.

That doesn't mean it can't fall under the heading "reckless", though. I assume most people know why I do it when it is hot out.
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WA. does have a law against it... but its a silly law.
It is, in the various incarnations, an anti-stunting law, because existing laws were "too vague".

I've been told nobody ever gets cited for them that don't ask for it. I know people that have been cited for them.

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Old 05-28-2010, 01:05 PM   #14
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I stand up a lot while riding, at least when my speed is below 45. Sometimes on the interstate but only for a few moments.

I passed a state cop yesterday while standing and I know he saw me but he didn't turn around. Anyone know if there is a law on this? It may be different in different states I would assume. Dunno?

I guess this is sort of like the thugs cruising around with the the seats laid all the way back. Although I know i am in much better control that they are.
Graham,

I asked my neighbor (VSP trooper) that very question. Actually, I asked him to research the Code of VA to find out if it was actually prohibited by code. He replied that as long as the rider has both feet on the pegs, and both hands on the bars, and the action (standing on the pegs) was not careless, or reckless, or determined to be "stunting", then it is lawful.

He also said that as long as you're not acting like a squid (his term), nobody will ever bother you. (I'm not so sure about that part... some guys are looking for any reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop).

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Old 05-28-2010, 01:40 PM   #15
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I don't know if it is legal and I don't care. I usually stand up on the pegs for about 20 seconds at a time on hot days to get more airflow. I do it only at lower speeds (< 50 mph) and in light traffic. I am fully in control of the bike and I have never been stopped for doing this.
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