Grip Positioning

If you have ever seen or been to a riding school, they often go over the basics: grip with the knees, elbows up and look ahead.  I have gone over those plenty of times and they should be engrained into your brain!  However, there are some little things that can help keep your form correct.  The often overlooked techniques are usually grip positioning and posterior alignment.   The basics form a solid foundation and the smaller ones build upon those.

Correct grip on the bars obviously keeps your elbows up, but it is also minimizes the extent you have to roll your wrist back.  The further forward you grip the bars, the more your elbows want to come up.  The goal is to keep your wrist in line with your forearm when you are on the gas.  One thing that can affect your wrist position is your lever position.  Some riders rotate their levers so far down, it forces you get over the bars and keep your weight forward.  This is okay some of the time, but there isn’t a need to be over the bars every second of your moto.  If you have to lean back, your levers will be so far down, you won’t be able to reach them.

To help with breathing and prevent your back muscles from tiring out, a good thing to remember is to keep your back straight.  When there are no curves in the spinal cord, your diaphragm is opened up and you allow the lungs to work properly.  To help with this, rolling your hips back puts you in the attack position.  This straight line will align your body up and allow the bike to pivot evenly underneath of you.  In addition to rolling your hips back, rolling your shoulders back will help you relax and breathe easier.

Like I said, unless you really think about your technique, most people would overlook these aspects.  Keep these in mind if you have trouble with arm pump and/or endurance problems.

Posted on Sep 30 2010, under Riding Techniques | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Grip Positioning”

  1. it will be cool if you put photos of the hands in the diferents grip position

  2. Antonio,

    I plan on making a video of this, but I have been away from my bike for a while. It’s killing me!

  3. i have problems gripin the gas, becouse what you said, when i’m full throttle my elbow is complete down!!!!

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