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Old 11-09-2012, 08:05 AM   #16
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I was expecting something completely different. Stairs have a different meaning to off road riders in rock country. But actual stairs are just a bumpy ramp. Unless maybe you are facing something like the Exorcist stairs.........

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:25 AM   #17
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I've ridden up and down stairs a bit on my WR250X supermoto and here's some things I've found that work for me...

When going up stairs, it's different from going up a hill of the same incline. I have to lean way back to keep the front wheel from digging into the edge of the step. So lean back and let that front wheel come up. You also have to stay on the throttle. If you chop the throttle the forks will dive and you'll bottom out or stall out.

Going down stairs is simple. Just like going down a steep hill, you keep your weight back and use the back brake to slow your speed.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:15 AM   #18
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Never tried it myself but I live in a small town the motorcycle police uses as a training facility. Next to my house is a one story staircase to the main shopping street and I see them driving up and down this staircase, which is not very wide, every month. They do it on BMW RT's, mainly they use 850's of some years ago for training new cops.
Now I ride with some officers in my club, and some of them are very experienced riders, but I also see a lot of police riders that make me think, maybe you should get some training.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:11 AM   #19
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I was expecting something completely different. Stairs have a different meaning to off road riders in rock country. But actual stairs are just a bumpy ramp. Unless maybe you are facing something like the Exorcist stairs.........

I have very, VERY good mountain biking skills. I am a very proficient rider. I sat at the top of those stairs for 5 minutes contemplating riding down them. They are just steep and narrow, and I wussed out. One of those things you KNOW you can do, but you are just too chicken to try.

I was kicked off the Canadian Embassy for jumping off their stairs on my MTB.

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #20
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See those stairs behind the fountain? I used to ride them on my bicycle when I was in 4th grade. It was a blast. It's 3 flights of 30 or so stairs. I'd also slide down the grassy slope on a flattened cardboard box. Damn! I had a great childhood!
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:03 PM   #21
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I have very, VERY good mountain biking skills. I am a very proficient rider. I sat at the top of those stairs for 5 minutes contemplating riding down them. They are just steep and narrow, and I wussed out. One of those things you KNOW you can do, but you are just too chicken to try.

I was kicked off the Canadian Embassy for jumping off their stairs on my MTB.

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That wasn't wussing out or chickening out my friend. That was wising up.

Christ, I don't even like walking down those stairs
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:04 AM   #22
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Not a problem, even on a heavy pig of a bike like a DL.

Helps to have tread but NOT have knobs. Last time for me was a couple of years back, got lost in a maze of twisty little passages looking for the parking at a Uni where I had a meeting. Spotted the bike park, 60m down there .....

Made sure there's no one coming up and just rode down and parked the bike - got a standing ovation from the crowd of students and made it to the meeting on time.

Take it slow, lots of rear brake, only use the front brake when it's on the flat bits, and line up the turns really far in advance.

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Old 11-10-2012, 02:17 AM   #23
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never been up stairs, but going down just feels like a little hill
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:13 AM   #24
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:56 AM   #25
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That picture creeps me out worse than the Exorcist stairs.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #26
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I was expecting something completely different. Stairs have a different meaning to off road riders in rock country. But actual stairs are just a bumpy ramp. Unless maybe you are facing something like the Exorcist stairs.........


A guy from a local forum went down those stairs on a supermoto.

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Old 11-10-2012, 05:28 PM   #27
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I've done a fair amount of this when I had my 950 SE. Down is easy except you really need to watch the angle of the top, if the stairs are steep and the bike has a longer wheel base you can knock the skid plate pretty hard on the top step. Up is pretty simple, get on the pegs, keep on the throttle and hit it. I've even done a few sets up and down with a light passenger.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:55 AM   #28
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So how exactly did that happen? Seems like there might be a funny story behind this...
It wasn't that funny, just dumb. I was riding around town, got up on to a sidewalk to park, and totally ignored my surroundings - where I parked was wide and street-level. Where I was going wasn't. It was raised up off the grass about a foot on the left, and against a building on the right, and about a meter wide. No turning around, and the one-foot dropoff was not looking good. So I took the stairs.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:07 AM   #29
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Going up, for me, was all about commitment. Line up, throttle up, and tell myself I could do it until I popped over the top. I had to tell myself that indecision or changing my mind halfway up would lead to certain fiery death. After I did it the first time on three steps, I worked my way up. Seem like a piece of cake now, but the 'Exorcist steps' in the picture are probably beyond my nerve.

I went to an abandoned steel mill site that had a lot of foundations and steps, and learned to ride steps and ride off ledges, starting small and getting bigger. Didn't see a soul the whole time.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:07 AM   #30
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Going up, for me, was all about commitment. Line up, throttle up, and tell myself I could do it until I popped over the top. I had to tell myself that indecision or changing my mind halfway up would lead to certain fiery death.

THIS. ^^^^^^


indecision = bad


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