|Posted on 20 January, 2018 at 17:35|
Posture. The way you sit on your bike will affect your comfort and machine control.
Remember your 6(7) posture points. Feet, Knees, Seat, Back, (Shoulders), Arms and Head.
Feet. If you do, or have done your Pre-learner and Pre-provisional training in NSW (and maybe other places) your instructor will probably have told you to put the arches of your feet on the foot-pegs and turn your toes outwards and down a little. Hmmmmm……..this is OK for beginners but most experienced riders will say to put the balls of your feet on the pegs. Putting the balls of your feet on the pegs is much more comfortable (the arches of our feet are not designed to have weight on them) and will allow you more control as well as more ground clearance.
Knees. Tuck your knees in to the tank. A little “squeeze with your knees” will help to lock your lower body onto the bike and will help to take some of the weight off your arms when braking.
Seat. Where you put your bum will affect the handling of your bike but this will partly depend on the size and type of bike and the size of you. In general sitting as far forwards as you comfortably can will keep a little more weight over the front end of the bike. This will help to make your steering and braking a bit more positive. It also helps with keeping your arms relaxed.
Back (and Shoulders) Keep your spine (all the way from your bum to your head) as relaxed as possible. This way it will act as a kind of shock absorber for your head and it will help to keep your arms (and shoulders) relaxed too. If you tense up your bike will tense up and that is not good.
Arms. Again “relaxed” is the key word here. Those handlebars are not there for you to hang on to, they’re there to control the bike.
Your arms should be loose, elbows hanging towards the ground and knuckles slightly higher than your wrists (unless you’re on a dirt bike or motard). Hands should be loosely around the grips.
Head. Keep your head up! Chin roughly level with the ground and always looking as far ahead as you can whilst “scanning” with your eyes and using your peripheral vision as a back-up. Looking down at the road directly in front of you will quickly get you into trouble. You will go where you look, so look where you want to go.
Keep checking your posture as you ride and try to remember the key word, relax.