Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook


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Body position

To control a motorcycle well, your body must be in the proper position.

Seat

Sit close enough to the handlebars to reach them with your arms slightly bent. Bending your arms allows you to turn the handle bars without having to stretch.

Posture

Your body should be fairly erect. This lets you use your arms to steer the motorcycle rather than to hold yourself up.

Hands

Hold the handgrips firmly so that you will not lose your grip if the motorcycle bounces. Start with your wrists down. This will prevent you from accidentally using too much throttle.

Knees

Hold your knees firmly against the gas tank. This will help you keep your balance as the motorcycle turns.

Feet

Keep your feet firmly on the footrests. A firm footing is important to help you maintain balance. Don’t drag your foot or walk the bike when starting. If your foot catches on something, you could lose control of the motorcycle.

Keep your feet near the controls. This lets you use the controls quickly if you have to. Also, try to keep your toes up. If you let them drop, they may get caught between the road and the footrest.

Disclaimer

Rev: 2015