What is the proper body positioning when riding on a motorcycle?

You plan on becoming the proud owner of a motorcycle, but it’s not without resistance from your family. They’ve heard of too many bikers dying or suffering serious injuries because of crashes with other vehicles.

Because you want to do what you can to keep yourself safe, you’ve practiced riding in parking lots and have done lots of online studying. You know that one small mistake can end in a large problem, so you want to do all you can to avoid getting into an accident.

Proper Body Positioning Could Save Your Life

Believe it or not, the way you are positioned on the bike and what you do with your extremities can mean life or death, particularly when riding on a busy road like I-95. Here, we discuss the proper way to ride.

  • Seat. Position your seat back far enough so that your arms are slightly bent when holding the handle grips.
  • Hands. Hold the grips tightly, and start with your right wrist flat so that you won’t accidentally use too much throttle. Additionally, adjust the handlebars so that your hands are even with or below your elbows. Doing so allows you to use the proper muscles for precision steering.
  • Feet. Keep your feet firmly on the foot pegs and near the controls, as doing so will help you keep your balance. Never drag your feet or point them downwards while on the pegs, as that can cause severe injuries and affect the performance of your bike.
  • Knees. Keeping your knees near the gas tank helps you maintain your balance as you turn corners.
  • Posture. Sit so that you can use your arms to steer, rather than hold yourself up with the handlebars.

When the Worst Occurs

If despite your best efforts you are still injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert want to help. Contact us today to find out how.