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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2002, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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riding positions

I am a newbie to the sport bike arena. I purchased a carry over 01 yzf-r6 last month, i am still getting used to riding, but one thing that i cant figure out is how to position myself on the seat.

Sometimes i find myself almost sitting on the gas tank, other times, i am sitting at the rear of the seat.

Does this type of thing come natural as i get more comfortable while riding or is there some type of "common" spot on the seat?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2002, 02:09 PM
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Yeah, you move around a bit. Depending on your seat, bike, butt, arm reach, trip distance and how tired you are--you may sit differently.

I noticed on my CBR how the seat slanted forward, dumping me forward onto the tank. A much more experienced friend told me "it would go away once I began to ride faster". It did and it didn't. I would certainly consider changing the shape of my saddle if I knew I could do a decent job of recovering it.

It will take a bit of time, but you'll figure it out.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2002, 03:53 PM
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Shifting your position is common & varies upon the wt one puts on the leg muscles, shoulders, forearms, wrists. Thing is to ride in a comfortable position & not with a death like grip on the bars.
So much will depend upon speed be it fast or slow, cornering, & how you are amongst traffic on the hwys VS traffic in a city or town. All will fall into place as one gains more experience.
Often I am right up against the petrol tank, or I might be back a bit & though I do NOT ride in a race-like mode things are always different in a way that feels proper to me.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2002, 01:52 AM
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When I'm riding around town I'm sitting flush up against the tank. It's less painful when you have to emergency brake if you get what I mean!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2002, 02:22 AM
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Like Blackbird I too sit right up on the tank. On the occasion I'm in a race tuck I'm a little bit off the tank on the flats but when I'm in the twisties I'm all over the seat. You will get use to it. Unlike other street bikes, sportbikes keep you moving where as in the cruiser type you're kinda parked in one spot.
Good luck & ride safe & have FUN!!!!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2002, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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thanks to all

thanks all, i wasnt sure if i was riding wrong. i noticed all the things everyone highlighted, i was doing much of the same thing, depending on how i was riding.

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