STANDING ROOM ONLY
I don’t get the big deal about
standing up while riding a motorcy-
cle. I rarely stand, and I seem to go
as fast as most of my friends. I feel
more comfortable and get better
traction when seated. Am I wrong?
Yes, you are wrong. When you
are sitting on the seat of your bike,
your fulcrum is your fanny. When
cornering, leaning or angling the
bike, a seated rider applies pressure
with his gluteus maximus on the
edges of the saddle. This makes the
bike top-heavy. Worst of all, directional changes are made via gross
weight changes (much like riding a
However, when a rider stands
on the pegs, the control point of
the bike is closer to the center of
gravity; the rider has more leverage,
and the pivot point of the chassis
is moved closer to the mass of the
engine (down by the footpegs).
Directional changes come from subtle lean angles applied below the
centralized mass of the machine.
Instead of tipping the bike into a
corner with 180 pounds of dead
weight attached to the top of it, a
standing rider carves through the
turn with slight pressure at the
ankles and knees.
Think about the difference
between sitting and standing for
a second. When you are flying
through the air, you almost always
stand up. Why? Because you have
more control over the pitch, yaw
and longitudinal axis of the bike. ❏
You can sit when you’re
old, until then, stand up.
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