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 Post subject: Safe Riding #6 Balance
PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 11:38 am 
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Learn to balance your weight on the pegs, and not on the bars or seat. You stand most of the time, and really only sit down for turns and hard acceleration. The more you stand, the more you can move to stay balanced. Stand as much as possible!

You can practice balance by standing while you gently alternate accelerating and decelerating. Lean against the force. This teaches you to anticipate the force and lean forward and back to keep yourself balanced on the pegs with minimum input on the bars.

As you get the feel, gas and brake harder, then add in turns and hills, and then everything all together. In the end, you should be able to stand all the time, and shift your balance so all your weight is on the pegs almost 100% of the time. This helps you learn to corner while weighing the outside peg, with outside knee against the tank, and body turned into the corner exit. The body should be turned into the exit, twisted in that direction.

Some of the best riders stood virtually all the time, such as David Bailey. Do many practice drills standing, because it develops balance so much faster.

Once you become accustomed to standing, learn to accelerate hard and brake hard while staying balanced just on the pegs, no body weight on the bars or the seat. Lean forward when you accelerate, and lean back to brake. Move your body in anticipation to stay well balanced, on just the pegs.

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