Suppose you're a beginner motorcycle rider who is shorter than average. In that case, there are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe and comfortable on the road. Here are some tips:
- Choose a bike that fits your size. This is probably the most crucial factor in staying safe and comfortable while riding. A bike that is too big for you can be challenging to control, and you may not be able to reach the controls properly. Too tall of a motorcycle will make stopping at lights harder. Imagine tip-toeing on one foot and trying to control that 500lb bike!
- Pay attention to your posture. Short motorcycle riders often have to adjust their posture to reach the controls, which can be uncomfortable and dangerous. Make sure you're sitting up straight and keeping your feet firmly on the footpegs. Keeping a slight bend in arms and legs while maintaining an upright posture is best.
- Be extra careful when braking. Since you have less weight and mass, it's easier to get thrown forward during sudden stops. Make sure you're using both the front and rear brakes evenly, and give yourself extra stopping distance. Remember to use progressive braking and the PLAN Method when riding.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. This is important for all riders, but it's vital for shorter riders who may not be as visible to other motorists. Always use your turn signals, and be cautious when changing lanes or making turns. Staying aware is as simple as following the MTC Awareness Stages lesson we have at the MTC Rider Academy.
By following these tips, you can stay safe and comfortable as a short rider on the road. Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced motorcyclist, it's essential to always practice good safety habits and remain vigilant on the road. Motorcycle riding is a great way to enjoy the open road and experience all that nature offers. So get out there and start exploring!
Ride SAFE, Ride SMART,