As an RT owner and a GS adventure rider wanna-be, I have a question. Is riding while standing on the foot pegs safe or unsafe ? It seems as if it can be safer at times and unsafe at times. It it legal ? It seems on the interstate you could get charged with 'unsafe operation' for standing on foot-pegs.
At the rally, I saw a whole bunch of crazy GS riders standing on their foot pegs. I had never noticed this before. So, it was a novelty. It made me smile. I don't know why, but it made me really happy to see the crazy GS riders standing on their foot-pegs. So, even though I ride a heavier RTP, I started standing on my foot pegs. It felt wonderful. Additionally, I noticed you can see further and better.
While transitioning to and from my foot pegs, I do my best not to throw off the bike. For example, I would slowly rise and lower myself to seat. So, it seems safe.
After trying this a few times, I found myself standing on the foot pegs all the time. If I was not in a corner, I would stand. Yesterday, I did a for at least 20-50 miles during my 800 mile ride. On the interstate, if someone was in the fast lane and driving slow, I would stand on my foot pegs. They would promptly move over, and I would sit and wave. When I was worried about deer, I stood on my foot pegs to better scan the tree line at dusk. When I entered intersections and came up hills, I stood on my foot pegs. When I wanted to see the landscape from the interstate, I stood on my foot pegs. When I was tired, I stood on my foot pegs. When on back roads in the rural areas, I stood on my foot pegs. I also stood for a mile or so down a straight rural gravel road in southern Illinois. Do any other riders do this or is this just supposed to be a GS thing ?