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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-20-2008, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just kinda wondering how everyone liked to ride their sportbikes? Do you take a more aggressive approach and lay on the tank or do you like so sit more vertical? I just got my first bike and i'm kind of developing my own style. I was just wondering how everyone else rode?
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Just kinda wondering how everyone liked to ride their sportbikes? Do you take a more aggressive approach and lay on the tank or do you like so sit more vertical? I just got my first bike and i'm kind of developing my own style. I was just wondering how everyone else rode?
Laying on the tank is reserved for when you're going fast and you want to keep wind resistance to a minimum. It doesn't necessarily mean a more "aggressive" approach. If you rode around town laying on the tank, you might notice other bikes falling over because the riders are laughing so hard.

Ok, back to the question: If I'm just cruising, or en route to some twisties, I usually sit back on the seat, knees gripping the tank, arms and wrists loose, and a gentle grip on the bars. Once I'm in the twisties I usually slide forward on the seat, And start hanging off the bike in turns.

And if I'm about to see Mach numbers on the dash, I tuck in and lay on the tank.

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I think this is one of the MANY sportbike questions that fall under the heading of "Rule of thumb...but do whatever feels right".

A lot of your body position will be determined by fixed components - the bike's ergonomics and your physique. Your psyche will let you know what's "right" when you enter a turn briskly and all of a sudden, you're not thinking about it as much.

For the record, I do the opposite of most and hug the tank more during twisty sections, because I'm rather short, the reach to the bars is long, and that's the best way to relieve any tension in my arms and to get relaxed. Works for me, but not necessarily anyone else.

Assuming you have your wits about you - aside from doing anything extreme or drastic mid-turn, there's not a whole lot "wrong" you can do; there's just "different" ways of doing it.

On two consecutive days of riding, I may have two different styles of riding and controls manipulation. Doesn't make me a good rider. Nor does it make me wrong. It's just more art than science with me, I guess.

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I think this is one of the MANY sportbike questions that fall under the heading of "Rule of thumb...but do whatever feels right".
True until you meet "very afraid to lean" guy/gal...This guy or gal leans the bike into the corner while keeping their upper body vertical (counter-balancing)...If you do that then the way you ride IS wrong.

For most sportbike riders riding tucked in/laying on the tank is reserved for high-speed straights. I've yet to see one riding tucked in at low speed and if I did like it was posted already I'd fall off my bike laughing, shit I can't even imagine how shitty handling would feel laying on the tank cruising around the city.
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lol i think my style is very similar to yours snake. I thought i had a pretty common style and i felt comfortable but i saw a guy riding through town the other day at about 30 mph and he was laying on the tank haha. I thought that seemed weird but then i thought, well maybe i'm the one with the weird style. Anyways, i guess there is no right or wrong style and if that guy wants to lay on the tank at 30 mph then who am i to stop him. I just thought that seemed kinda funny and i was seeing if there were many others out there like that or if most ppl rode like me. I'm more comfortable sitting up unless i'm going fast such as passing a car or something.
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I think this is one of the MANY sportbike questions that fall under the heading of "Rule of thumb...but do whatever feels right".

A lot of your body position will be determined by fixed components - the bike's ergonomics and your physique. Your psyche will let you know what's "right" when you enter a turn briskly and all of a sudden, you're not thinking about it as much.

For the record, I do the opposite of most and hug the tank more during twisty sections, because I'm rather short, the reach to the bars is long, and that's the best way to relieve any tension in my arms and to get relaxed. Works for me, but not necessarily anyone else.

Assuming you have your wits about you - aside from doing anything extreme or drastic mid-turn, there's not a whole lot "wrong" you can do; there's just "different" ways of doing it.

On two consecutive days of riding, I may have two different styles of riding and controls manipulation. Doesn't make me a good rider. Nor does it make me wrong. It's just more art than science with me, I guess.

Experiment. Have fun.
I think you're right. For me, I like to ride waay up on the tank, balls to it, so I can get a much more direct view of the road. If I'm tired I usually lay on the tank, and use that when an oncoming truck is going to blow me pretty hard.

I keep my hands on the bars a vast majority of the time, tend to use all my fingers on the levers, but don't let them linger there. Feet are always balls on the pegs unless I'm passing through a town at ~30mph, in which case I relax my feet using the arch on the peg.

To date I haven't played much with hanging off. Haven't needed it and only been to one track day. It will probably be the next thing I work out. Local roads lack hardly any twisties

Bent arms are key, too.

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I've done some hanging off when I get to some serious twisties, or on smooth cloverleaf exit ramps (it's really fun to watch the reaction of cagers when I maintain highway speed getting onto the ramp). But I'm with kanwisch in that good twisties are hard to find around here.

+1 on tucking in when approaching a truck, those things can put off some wind. I also lay on the tank at lower speeds if I'm anticipating the front coming up. For instance, there's a road close to my house that has a couple decent corners, but it's all on a hill, and going down there's a couple dips that if I hit them in 3rd gear at full throttle it'll loft the front. Simple solution would be to not hit them in 3rd at full throttle, but I fail to see the fun in that. So I just keep my weight forward and that usually keeps me in the comfort zone as far as front wheel height. Keep in mind I'm not one to just pop wheelies for fun except in that situation, so my natural tendency is to keep the front down as much as possible.

I rarely use all of my fingers on the levers, either. Normally 1 or 2 fingers is enough to get the job done, and a lot of times, I just leave them there to cover the brakes.

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same here. I usually use two fingers on the the clutch and lay down on the tank when passing a car or meeting a large truck such as a semi. I really thought that seemed strange when i saw that guy laying down while at such slow speeds but then since i'm new to riding i thought well maybe alot of people do that. I feel much more comfortable and in control when sitting up at low speeds but i didn't know which was the more common. I thought maybe this guy knew something i didn't.
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On my way into work, I passed a Ninja 500 coming the other way and the rider was down on the tank looking like he was about to take the white flag at Mugello. Only problem is he was doing 35.

To each his own I guess, but I just with they knew that their attempts to look cool are having the opposite effect. Or maybe I'm just an asshole.

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lol that sounds like the exact same situation i saw, except this was prolly some rich punk that bought an 07 CBR1000 to impress his friends. He just didnt realize he was a squid. lol
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