One of the most inventive devices seen at this week’s AIMExpo is the Skidbike, a novel creation that helps teach riders the skills to balance and to master threshold braking. It’s a Swedish/American invention originally designed to educate riders how to sufficiently apply brakes to avoid an accident without the danger of tipping over and […]
Top 10 Riding Tips for Noobs
8. Keep The Balls Of Your Feet On The Pegs
We often see new (and even experienced) riders with their heels on the pegs. This is one of the most common rookie mistakes we see, and correcting it has a big impact on handling dynamics. Your legs can produce a lot of force, but how efficiently this force is applied to the bike is key.
Try standing with the majority of your weight on your heels. Now jump as high as you can. Then try the same thing again, only with your weight on the balls of your feet. Big difference.
With your feet correctly placed on the pegs, you can place much more weight on the inside peg while cornering. Side benefit: you’ll scrape your toes a lot less, too. Being on the balls of your feet allows your legs to take load off the seat, with the benefit being the ability to smoothly alter body position and to reduce the shock of hitting a big bump.
This technique is effective on all motorcycles, though cruisers with floorboards instead of pegs won’t notice as much of a difference.