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    After watching the Moto GP I gotta ask... whats with the leg wave?

    I noticed alot more riders doing the Rossi leg wave. Why? As a dirt rider I know why and do it.

    http://motomatters.com/opinion/2009/..._leg_wave.html

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    I know why he does it too,

    He thought it looked cool when Laconi did it.
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    interesting article. at the beginning of the year, i heard that it helped riders lean into the corners easier. After reading the article, i would assume that he just thinks it gives him more stability and gives him extra confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Sushi ya ha View Post
    I noticed alot more riders doing the Rossi leg wave. Why? As a dirt rider I know why and do it.

    http://motomatters.com/opinion/2009/..._leg_wave.html

    It was a great race though!!
    Ask Swantz, he was doing it back in the ealy 90s.

    I was reading somewhere last year about it (Leg out) in an interview with Rossi and Stoner, they both didn't know why or if it really helped. I asked Kieth Code about the new leg dangling craz that more riders are doing, he couldn't answer why or if it actually helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumby View Post
    Ask Swantz, he was doing it back in the ealy 90s.

    I was reading somewhere last year about it (Leg out) in an interview with Rossi and Stoner, they both didn't know why or if it really helped. I asked Kieth Code about the new leg dangling craz that more riders are doing, he couldn't answer why or if it actually helped.
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    Haven't watch many races this year but I noticed the leg out seems more common than ever also. Thought it is to keep bike a little more upright under braking. Getting some weight further inside turn allows more steering with less lean.

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    best guess is an air brake , looks goofy as hell , but if it gains u another 3 or 4 ft why not , must make it a little awkward for the guy trying to pass u as well , can hardly wait for them to try it with 2 legs

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    Ask any old guy folded up on a sports bike. Anybody over 40 does it all the time! Rossi is just a copy-cat!

    Rossi is probably one of the most superstitious riders on the grid. No doubt if something new coincided with a win it becomes a part of his rituals!

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    You'd be a little flaky too when it's your job to little black frozen disks.. every little bit helps

    it's always been my pet theory that the dangle helps to balance or stabilize the bike as the front is sliding under braking..
    .. Or Rossi started doing it just to watch others copy him and when he's got most of his competitors doing it, he'll suddenly stop doing it all together and when asked he'll say that doing it serves no purpose, is just stupid and is slowing his competition down..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo View Post
    .. Or Rossi started doing it just to watch others copy him and when he's got most of his competitors doing it, he'll suddenly stop doing it all together and when asked he'll say that doing it serves no purpose, is just stupid and is slowing his competition down..
    I read his biography and you can't help get the impression the importance and joy of the pranks he and his buddies were constantly pulling. Wouldn't surprise me a bit if he is laughing himself to sleep every night thinking of all the people that are now sticking out their leg because of him pulling it!
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    How does that apply to the theory that you need to push your weight on the peg to turn? By the time they get their feet on the peg their at the apex already. Wouldn't it be hard to push on the peg to help turn when your fumbling with your foot. I would think it would help you not scrape your boot along the floor, especially cause your upshifting to gear down in the corners. If I tried that I would look pretty silly going into the kitty litter.

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    Seen lots of left legs, but never noticed the riders sticking out their right legs so much. (What’s next left arm?) Lap times should tell if this new craze works or not. I suspect it does.

    With all the fairings getting rubbed in MotoGP and WSBK (even between team mates), it’s just a matter of time before an overtaking rider comes up and hits the other guys outstretched leg. Also, if riders can sometimes get pissed off enough to grab the other guys brake lever – maybe a good leg grab wouldn't be out of the question.
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