Friday, 14 September 2012

Get A Balanced Riding on the Bike - Tips and Tricks

To feel comfortable on the bike, it is important to be flexible, relaxed. This is only possible if you feel confident, therefore, balance, especially at low speed. Some exercises to train yourself to feel and control the balance of your bike.

The balance control of a motorcycle through four know-how of increasing difficulty:
- Control of the clutch;
- Braking control;
- Control of the bank;
- Control of braking angle.

The indispensable foundation of all knowledge-how is the acquisition and permanent preservation of a good driving position!
To do this, read the article "Knowing position on a two-wheeled motor".

The exercises should be done in a secure environment.
For how to define and choose, read the article "Training alone".
Law reminder: you sit (e) on the bike, engine running. Even if you do not move, you have to wear an approved helmet and attached.
I suggest you also wear at least gloves, even light, preferably a jacket or a jacket with long sleeves.
Practice in an open space, quiet, off the road, unimpeded around, and preferably with a second person ready to intervene in case of trouble.

Once understood and learned the fundamentals of good position on the bike, it is also about change, move, modify its support while maintaining permanently the balance of the bike.

Where these proposals balance exercises.
Do not forget to warm up before starting these muscular exercises!

As always, I divided each year into four elements: Position, Motion, Regard, Allure (GCW).

1. The trajectory

If this is the first time, do it in a straight line, you'll have more confidence.
If you need to turn right in the end, return to normal position to turn. When you feel comfortable, make U-turns without return to normal.

Then you can practice these changes in position by turning in a circle, without much bending, first in a big circle and increasingly tight as you progress.

Finally, describing a figure "eight" with your bike, so with change of direction.

2. For all these years, the look is essential.

The goal is to make you understand that the bike goes where you look, whatever your position, provided that you have at least two points of support among the six possible (two hands, two knees, two feet).

At first, the straight line, look straight in front and height of a man, NEVER ON THE GROUND!
Never look down or you will go down.

3. You must know how to manage your pace!

Needless to gently roll the contrary.
These exercises should be performed between 5 and 20 km / h, knowing that the more you drive slowly, the harder it gets.
In practice, a speed between 10 and 15 km / h, roughly the first idle is correct to begin with.

You'll find quickly that it is better to give a little gas - always keeping control of the clutch - to gain traction and balance.

If you do not succeed, first practice the exercises in the article "Mastering clutch".

4. Your driving position

If you have never done these exercises, it is recommended that before you start for the first time to repeat the movement with the bike stopped, well placed on the sidestand or better on Central.

    Everything must be done smoothly, without sudden movements.
    It takes well over handlebars without wincing.
    We always look far ahead.
    We put the least possible weight on the handlebars. To do this, push the butt back, reach out, put the weight on the legs.

The initial position is that which gives the six bearings: two feet, two knees, two hands.

From the basic position, it moves back in the saddle, more and more, until full extension of the arm.
Return to the initial position.

Then stands up on the footrests, legs bent less, but always with knees tight against the tank.
Return to the initial position.

From there, the tank sits on, feet still on the footrest.
Return to the initial position.

It sits down on the tank and loose feet, put them as far forward as possible on each side of the front wheel, the bike held by hands and knees.
Gradual return to the initial position.

Once you feel comfortable, you pass the knees.
From the initial position, stand up.
Start by asking one knee on the seat, then the other, preferably with the leg in extension, the foot on the back of the saddle, buttocks resting on the heels.

Then both knees next to each other (one behind the other if your saddle is not wide enough or you have large thighs), buttocks resting on the heels.
Return to the initial position.

It supports password changes on the feet.

First, lift one foot footrest, move the leg, soft, bend, forward and backward, relax until the foot touches the ground.
Do the same with the other foot.
Then both feet simultaneously.

Then, on standing on the footrests and lifts one foot.
Whole body weight is on one foot. To compensate, based on the handlebar with the hand on the opposite side.
Return to the initial position, change of leg and foot.

Now it will be to move one leg completely on the other side, first right, then left.
It rises up on the foot rails, we put the knee on the saddle and we slid sideways.
You can put the leg in front of or behind the supporting foot, but it is easier to pass behind.
Return to the initial position.

The following exercise is a bit more hard: same base, same movement, but we put the saddle on the buttocks and legs uncrossed, to find himself completely seated side-saddle.
Return to the initial position.

Harder: same base, but once seated, we put the right foot on the left foot (or left foot on the right footrest) and stands up, legs straight, the body entirely side of the bike.
Press firmly on the handlebars opposite side to compensate for the imbalance.

Last figure, from the initial position, we put one foot then the other on the saddle, first keeping the knees bent, acroupie position.
Then place the feet well back, legs outstretched.
Well break your neck to look ahead.

Each position is to keep at least ten seconds, the time to feel balanced.

Once you have practiced these changes to the stop position, the goal is of course to know the make as moving, rolling:
- First more slowly, gradually reducing the speed from 20 to 15 to 10 to 5 km / h;
- Then complicating the path to go from straight to zigzag, then to turn around and the circle, then the "eight";
- Finally releasing the right hand (get freewheel), then the left (managing acceleration keeping a light throttle).

Again, this is not hard, it is not the high-flying acrobatics, just move slowly, smoothly, feeling out his support.

The goal is to make you aware of the balance of the bike, make you feel when she goes out of balance, regardless of your position on the machine.


  1. Thank you for the tips and tricks. As a new rider, I surely need these tips from you. Balance is one of the most important and the first thing a motorcycle rider should know.

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