what goes where? one of the first questions I asked before trying to climb onto a bike… (& to this day, I’ve gotten so many different answers & viewpoints). the most simplistic answer – feet on the pegs, become one with the rider & the bike & most important – SIT STILL!! (somehow, it is exactly for that reason that I’ve been pushed into learning to ride my own)
as a pillion (riding passenger), I had to learn to find the most comfortable spot – becoming one with my Wolf & the bike at the same time – seems only fair to say almost as if making love… not pinching him with my legs or constantly trying to look over his shoulder(s) in order to take charge of what was going on…. finding the perfect balance… I guess that being so comfortable (& that on a speedbike) I actually fell asleep (& it didn’t happen just once), even though we held speeds in excess of 200 km/h should say something about the way I learnt to sit on the back of the bike….
I’ve also learnt that every pillion has to find their own most comfortable seating position – although most will say the same thing… become one with the rider and the bike!! when out riding – lean with the rider, don’t fight against what they’re doing!! (& if you do feel the need to move about – forward & backwards – otherwise you might just throw the bike off balance)
something else I wondered about and found different answers & opinions on is the whole thing of where hands have to go (although most males would say – please rather hold onto us than placing hands on the bike’s tank). I found the easiest for me was holding onto my Wolf in a massive hug.
HOWEVER – the words “SIT STILL” rang in my ears very often, especially when I started to dance on that same backseat I’d fallen asleep on… I had no choice – not that I regret any moment of it… I had to learn to ride on my own!
funny enough – I asked the same question once again – what goes where!! my Wolf just laughed, told me to relax, find a comfy spot & just go!
now knowing each different style bike calls for a specific seating position that suits the bike – you as rider have to find the comfy spot that works for you! whether it is the standard / neutral riding position (an upright position with hands resting comfortably on the handle bars, back up straight & feet aligned with your shoulders on the foot pegs), the cruiser position (much like the neutral position, just with legs stretched out in front of you resting on the foot pegs) or almost crouched, leaning into your speedbike… you have to relax and have fun!
& now I’m really in need of some extreme wind therapy (but racing bikes on the pc screen will have to do…)
until the next piece pops up,
stay blessed & ride safe!!