Frequently Asked Questions !!
We have tried to collect some of the most frequently asked questions about the LegUp™ System, and tried to supply you with easy to understand answers. Highlight the question mark icon, and you will get a short answer. Not enough information? Click on 'More Info' for more detailed information. In either case, we hope these help you better understand this remarkable system. If not, give us a call at 407-834-5007, or drop us a line at: Info@LandinGear.com.
What is LegUp™, Anyway?
LegUp™ Landingear is a computerized Motorcycle Stabilization system. It helps folks balance their bikes at slow speeds by using a set of retractable wheels. The wheels raise and lower by sensing vehicle speed and operator wishes. On the current Generation II systems, the bike is held very firmly and leaning with the wheels down is not possible. An onboard computer controls all functions.
Can I Install LegUp™ Myself?
LegUp™ Landingear systems can be installed by any qualified motorcycle mechanic. We have a list of dealers at our DEALERS page, that can handle the job. The shop that takes care of your bike is also likely qualified. If you take care of your own bike, and know your way around some tools, you can try it yourself. We have VERY detailed instructions available on our MANUALS page. Most installations are completely BOLT-ON, with Plug-N-Play wiring; no cutting or soldering required. We provide technical support for you or your installer if needed.
Will LegUp™ Keep My Bike From Falling Over ?
Our Generation II system is very stable and will hold the bike upright under MOST conditions. Care STILL must be used! Remember LegUp™ is only a helper; You are the one to make sure the bike remains upright at all times.
Is LegUp™ Completely Automatic?
Legup is an automated system that deploys (lowers) and retracts (raises) a set of wheels to help stabilize your bike. If the wheels are deployed, the wheels will retract automatically as soon as your speed goes over 6MPH (approximately). If the wheels are up, you need to tell LegUp™ that you want them to deploy the next time you stop. A simple press of the button will do this. A light will blink to let you know that you have removed the safety and the wheels WILL come down the next time you slow down (whether that is in 50 feet or 50 miles!). We ask you to tell the system you would like the wheels to deploy on your next stop for safety! If you happen to be making a slow turn, and we allowed the wheels to come down every time you slowed, this could upset the motorcycle. Allowing you to tell the system when and how you would like to use it seems to work the best.
Do I Have to Put My Feet Down?
While the LegUp™ System can maintain the balance of a bike, there are too many factors involved to trust anything but your skills for your safety! Speed, road conditions, bike loading; all influence the balance of a motorcycle. We recommend that once you have become familiar with the LegUp™ system, you ride as if it is not there. As the vehicle is stopped, if the conditions are right and your feet are near the ground, you will likely not have to put them down; but relying on ANYTHING but your skills and judgment to keep you balanced is foolish! Using this mindset will allow you to get the most out of your motorcycle, and the LegUp™ system. With the new Generation II system, it is less likely that you will use your feet as often or as firmly as you would have with the previous Generation I system.
Can I Use LegUp™ as a Kickstand?
The easy answer is yes. In the Owners manual, we suggest you keep your bike upright with the legs down. Since LegUp™ is an air-based system, we suggest that you put the kickstand down (it won't touch the ground typically) and turn your bars to the left. Assuming there are no leaks, the bike will be standing straight up waiting for your next ride. In the event of even a tiny air leak, leaving your bike as we describe, will allow the bike to land on it's kickstand safely.
We NEVER recommend leaving your bike in the upright position in public parking areas unless you will remain with the bike. Curious onlookers are SURE to ruin your day! You must also be sure that the bike is on level ground! If not, leave the bike in gear so it does not roll on its own!
I Am a New Rider; Will LegUp™ Help Me?
Legup was designed to help riders who have been riding for a long time. Whether age or injury has caused them problems, we wanted to help these riders keep riding. Because LegUp™ can influence the handling of the vehicle, inexperienced riders may be surprised by the influence the legs have on the vehicle. We expect a certain level of expertise by the operator to work with our system under various conditions. Our best customers are those that use our system as if it is not there; they ride as they always did and let LegUp™ make it easier for them. We don't recommend using our system as a training aid or as an offset to limited riding skills.
Does LegUp™ Fit Any Bike?
LegUp™ Landingear is individually engineered for every bike that it fits on. While the Computer, the Control Box, the Legs & The Wheels are shared by EVERY available model (see MODELS here), the attachment points for every bike are different. Because the LegUp™ System is designed to BOLT-ON, much time and engineering go into each model before manufacturing can take place. Your model may not be available right now. Feel free to contact us. We add models all the time and do custom installations upon request!
How Long Do Those Wheels Last?
The LegUp™ Landingear System uses High-Speed skateboard wheels and bearings. These wheels are very strong and can stand up to lots of punishment. They are designed to travel at speeds over 40 miles per hour. On the LegUp™ system, the speed when the wheels are down is never over 6MPH, and the wheels are not in contact with the ground for very long. While none of our customers have ever asked for replacement wheels over the many years since LegUp™ was developed, we can supply replacement sets for around $60 plus shipping. Changing the wheels takes minutes and requires an allen wrench and a box wrench only.
How Does LegUp™ Determine Speed ?
LegUp™ utilizes a Proximity Sensor to determine vehicle speed. Depending on the installation, this could be mounted at the front or rear wheel. This sensor picks up metal passing close by and counts each time an episode occurs. Sometimes we let the sensor 'SEE' pulley bolts on the rear wheel or rotor bolts on either wheel. This method is very accurate and does NOT rely on the speedometer of the bike. The sensor is made for industrial environments so it can take the harsh treatment a motorcycle can throw at it.
My Bike is Lowered, Is That O.K.?
The LegUp™ Generation II system is VERY height dependant. That being said, we have built quite a bit of adjustability into our design for folks who have bikes at heights other than STOCK. Please let us know if your bike is not at stock height or any other modifications you may have made, so we can tailor our system to your bike.
What Makes the Legs Move, Hydraulics??
The Generation II systems use air supplied by an On-board Compressor system to actuate and retract the legs. The system is told by the computer when to lower or raise the legs. We use sensors which tell the computer how far up or down the legs are.
I Have LegUp™ Gen I. Can I Upgrade to a Generation II?
If you are a LegUp™ Gen I customer now, we can offer you a discounted rate to convert your system to a Generation II. Most of the parts of your Gen I system will need to be removed, we will need your computer sent to us so we can re-program it, and we will send you the parts you need. The wiring harness will remain in place, and we will furnish all the parts required to allow you to install our Gen II system. The cost including Domestic Shipping is $1,000 less than the current cost for a GenII system for your bike.