If you’ve been riding a bike for any length of time, you probably already know that gripping the handlebars too tightly will affect your ride. This fact applies regardless of the type of driving. Beyond that, though, there’s also a better way to grab the throttle (and bars in general) to get your bike working the way you want it to.
In this video, Ryan from FortNine spoke to none other than California Superbike School’s Dylan Code to get some professional insight into why we should all think ice cream the next time we think about our throttles. That’s correct; Your good summer friend, a delicious ice cream cone. Whichever flavors you choose, chances are you’ll still keep them exactly the same.
How we naturally tend to grab an ice cream cone, it turns out, is also the best way to think about how we grab our throttles — and our handlebars in general. Keep your elbows down and your grip light but firm, making it easier to open or close the throttle as needed. It also helps you push and pull the bars toward and/or away from you without inadvertently pushing down at the same time. (This is especially a problem for taller riders with more arm room.)
Holding the bars this way lets you control the bike how you want it, when you want it—with optimal torsion through your wrists and arms to keep everything working together smoothly. This is especially important in corners, more so than at any other time. As with any skill, the more you practice, the more confidence and skill you will gain.
With better control, you can also avoid stepping on the gas when you shouldn’t, e.g. B. when leaning through a curve. In order to optimize the contact patch of your tires, you should avoid exerting longitudinal forces (speed) and lateral forces (leaning) at the same time. Instead, you should lean first and then apply some throttle to power through the corner. Why? If you do both at the same time and out of order, you’ll sail right over the edge of the grip and find yourself and your bike skidding across the tarmac.
As usual, F9 delivers this important lesson in a neat, well-crafted package. It stays long enough to tell you what you want and need to know, but doesn’t outlive its welcome—or explain its meaning. The writing, delivery and editing are all as spot-on as ever – and if you like F9’s sense of humor then you’ll find plenty to enjoy taking under six minutes to watch.