When I was younger I took motorcycle lessons and learned the proper body position for standing. Now in teaching my own
motorcycle riding schools it is definately one of the main things we discuss and work on.I have noticed while watching
my students that a lot of people do not stand at all, mostly because they complain of it being more fatiguing. Most times
when students mention this right away I know that they do not stand properly. Most riders stand with their knees bent weighting
the back of the motorcycle and pull too much on the front end in doing so, actually lighting it up. The proper body
position for standing, you need to stand on the pegs with your knees straight but not locked. You dont want them locked
because you need them to bend to absorb an obstacle such as whoops or a log. You want to bend at the waste and bend over
like you are picking up the handlebars. You want to position your head forward over the handlebars like when you are sitting.
Because like when you are sitting keeping your head forward while standing weights the front end which makes it easier to control
and leads the motorcycle which creates momentum.
If you stand with your knees bent, after about 2-3 minutes your thighs and or back is in pain. So standing with your
knees straight it is easier. Another key to standing is to keep your toes pointed in towards the motorcycle. Because when
your legs bend to absorb something if your knees are pointed away from motorcycle your knees will lose contact with the
motorcycle which will enable it be in less control under you then if your legs were in contact and tight against the bike.
I f you keep your feet pointed in towards the motorcycle as you bend your knees your legs will still be in contact with
the motorcycle and keep it straighter and under better control.
The proper body position for standing is keeping your legs straight and your head over the bars and bend over at the
waste as if you were bending over to pick up the handlebars. Be sure that you use the proper hand position by
over gripping so your arms are positioned out and wide to have better control. Get out there and start practicing
the proper body position for standing. Start of slow because it will feel awkward at first. But you will see the
difference and be a better faster rider because of it. If you would like more information on motorcycle safety or
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