If you drive a four-wheeled vehicle, then you don’t need to think too much about how you are balanced. The vehicle does most of that for you. If you prefer to ride a motorcycle, then this is different, and how you position yourself and control the bike is much more important.
Staying balanced not only facilitates a much more comfortable ride but can also help to keep you safe. Outlined below are a few tips for keeping your balance on a motorcycle.
Your seated position
When selecting a motorcycle, it’s vital to ensure that it is the right fit for your build. To stay balanced, you’re going to need as low a center of gravity as possible. If you carry a rucksack while riding, or carry equipment on the back of your bike, this needs to be taken into consideration. The last thing you want is for the weight on the bike to become lopsided as this will make it much trickier to handle the motorcycle.
Avoid rapid movements
If you apply the brakes too quickly, accelerate rapidly or lean suddenly in any direction, your weight is going to shift across the bike. Ideally, you want to bring the bike to as gradual a stop as possible if you do need to stop. By using both brakes in tandem with decelerating and shifting through the gears, you’ll be able to slow down much more safely and retain a low center of gravity on the bike.
Following the above tips could help you retain control of the bike if someone cuts you off or pulls out in front of you. If you were unable to avoid a collision because someone else was negligent, then you might be able to pursue legal compensation.