24. ♦ Rules of the BIKER



The key to good riding technique is smoothness, and the key to smoothness is good preparation and practice.

Riding Posture

When you first get a motorcycle take the time to adjust the controls to suit your height and build. correct riding posture reduces fatigue and improves control.


To control a motorcycle well, your body must be in the correct position:

• Sit well forward.

• Keep your head up and point your chin in your direction of travel.

• Relax your arms and place minimal weight on your wrists.

• keep your back relaxed and support your weight with your stomach muscles.

• Grip the motorcycle firmly with your legs and knees.

Braking Techniques

Correct braking is done in two stages, first put light pressure on the brake levers and pause (set up the brakes), then progressively apply the necessary braking pressure (squeeze).

Two-stage braking (set up and squeeze) improves braking effectiveness, reduces the likelihood of skidding and provides better control.

When releasing the brakes ease them off gently to maintain the stability of the motorcycle.

Easing off the brakes gently is particularly important when entering curves.

Harsh or excessive braking pressure may cause skidding and a loss of control, particularly on wet or gravel roads.

If the front wheel begins to skid due to incorrect braking, or in an emergency situation, quickly release the front brake and reapply gently.