Standing on your foot pegs is a basic skill that, when mastered, will make you a more confident, comfortable and skilled rider. Unfortunately, our brain is hardwired for certain responses that make us feel safe even if they aren’t in our best interests. For example, when the going gets rough almost every new rider will sit down immediately and will only want to stand up again when the riding gets easier. The trick is to switch those automatic responses around so you automatically stand when the going gets rough. There are many advantages to standing on your pegs for slow speed maneuvering and most, if not all, instructors would tell you that standing on your pegs will dramatically improve your control over the motorcycle.
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For over 20 years, Clinton Smout has been instructing motorcycle riders, ATV riders and snowmobilers at Smart Adventures located at the Horseshoe Resort in Ontario, Canada.
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