It can happen to many of us who were not born tall: we love the world of motorcycles but some models give us respect because we consider them too heavy or too tall for us. Don’t panic! There are some tricks that can help you to know how to ride a motorcycle if you are short.
Let’s take a look at some tips that are based on the concept that the limit is often more mental and psychological than physical. As with everything in life, with a little practice you will be able to ride tall bikes even if you are not a giant.
Losing your fear is the most important trick to ride a motorcycle if you are short.
Don’t let fear get the best of you and do not let the mantra “I can’t” start screaming in your head. Try to maneuver the bike following the tips we are going to give you without thinking that you might fall.
Keep in mind that if you notice that the bike is going to fall, the best thing to do is to let it fall on its side without trying to hold it. This way you will avoid injuries.
You will not always be able to keep both feet on the ground
This is the first thing you need to be clear about. Even though the idea alone makes you insecure, you have to assume that if the bike is taller than you, probably you won’t be able to get both feet on the ground.
So you will have to get on the parked bike and shift your hips to the side so that at least one of your feet touches the ground. Ideally, you should do this with your right foot so that with your left foot you can retract the kickstand and engage first gear to get going.
Find your balance
As soon as you’re on the bike, you’ll need to shift your weight onto your right foot. This is what many short bikers are afraid of because you have to make a quick movement at the balance point on the vertical. Like everything else, it’s a matter of practice and this movement will be useful for both standing and getting on the bike.
Alternatively: trust your right foot
If you are afraid of the movement we have just described, which requires some practice, you can also lift the bike on your right foot.
You will have to get on the bike while it is still resting on the stand, with your right foot you will have to reach the ground and while holding the weight of the bike with this leg you will have to force the handlebars by turning to the left to remove the stand with your left foot.
However, this technique requires a lot of strength and can be difficult to perform on hilly terrain.
Getting on the bike while it is already in motion
Sometimes it can be difficult to fold the stand because you can’t reach it as soon as you are on the bike. One solution for these models is to get on the bike while it is in motion.
Stand on the left side of the motorcycle and put it upright, apply the front brake, remove the kickstand and engage first gear. Release the clutch, lean on the left footrest and get on the bike.
Upbikers: a help to feel more secure
If the tips we have just given you are not enough, we can understand it. It is precisely for those who want to feel safe riding and maneuvering a tall bike that we have created the Upbikers, a kind of lift that guarantees you to gain 4 cm (1.57″) where you need it most: at the tip of your toes.
What are the advantages of the Upbikers?
- They are one-size-fits-all and adapt to any type of shoe or boot.
- They are easy to put on and lightweight
- The shape of the sole does not interfere with the need to move the pedals.
- You can walk with them on for short distances.
- The material they are made of is perfect for all types of terrain, even in wet conditions.
What are you waiting for? If you are short and looking for a solution to ride tall bikes, the Upbikers are made for you!
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