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    Default Re: Leg out; Bad Habit or good Balance

    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebass View Post
    Are you guys talking about not putting your leg out front by the fender when cornering, ever? I don't see how you could possibly keep your foot on the inside peg at a high lean angle, maybe I'm missing something?
    It's mental reassurance for the foot to be out there.

    I got my foot caught under a root in an enduro about 6 miles from the start. Fell over on it and cracked the small leg bone above my ankle. Got up and going again never putting that foot down for the next 100 miles. Figured i sprained it badly. Fortunately that race was sandy Stillwater Ok ground. Made me a better rider that day.

    Point is the bike only occasionally needs that foot out there. It's our own reassurance most of the time.
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    Default Re: Leg out; Bad Habit or good Balance

    This is a preference thing.
    I was told by many good riders I know that feet on the pegs always. Was told to stand always for that matter.
    Surprisingly though I watch my friend ride who sits to go fast and throws leg out every corner and he is the fastest guy I know and contradicts all of that (he's very competitive in all the Canadian offroad XC's and Enduros and frequents the GNCC's with some good results as well). So I'm back and forth myself between the two and more of just trying to find when its useful and when its not.
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    Default Re: Leg out; Bad Habit or good Balance

    If its an unknown corner that you can't clearly see through I would be much more cautious and ride standing through it, on a lap type track that you get to know you may well be quicker sitting and if there's a rut or berm its going to be quicker if that is what matters.

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    Default Re: Leg out; Bad Habit or good Balance

    I've be riding for about 60 years, started with local recreational riding, then racing motocross, my last race at 69 years of age. As i evolved in experience and training, i found myself with less time in the seat and if i ever took my feet off the pegs, it was for ballast only, my lap times improved accordingly. I'll make this short, I start riding and training on a trials bike years ago and now at 73 I ride very technical and tough Idaho back country. please realize that if your feet are off the peg you are no longer in control of braking or gear selection. Flaming out on a switch back or running off a cliff because you were sitting in the seat with your feet dragging in the dirt is not a good chose. You will never ride safer or develop more skills than if you treat all your riding as if you were in a trials competition (no dabbing). when you come to a stop, see how long you can balance before you take your feet off the pegs. Learn to ride neutral, nether hanging from the bars during acceleration or leaning on them during braking. Trials bike training and discipline will make you more consistent, faster and much safer .

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    Default Re: Leg out; Bad Habit or good Balance

    Before you ask, yes in motocross turns with a foot deep rut, there is no other place to put you size 13's but on the front fender.....

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    Default Re: Leg out; Bad Habit or good Balance

    Always keep your feet on the pegs & stand ...as much as possible , even on a mx track

    often would try to practice standing for an entire lap of a mx track , even turns ...it's difficult but good practice

    will lift a foot but not try not to dangle it out , safer ..especially for a long legged rider
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