It actually amuses me to see the huge amount of attention other schools, books, forums, and videos spending on the subject called ‘the perfect body positioning’ for street riders. Glancing over to what MotoGP riders like Marc Marquez performs on TV- must be good for the Redwood Rd in the SF East Bay. If it doesn’t look like Marquez… It’ll be damned as ‘crossed-up’ and some rookie rider who was proud showing his first hanging off pic’s will be scoffed by.some forum jerks who know it all better. But are they really qualified to tell somebody what to do and what not?- especially when they actually don’t know the skill set of that particular rider?! Good question huh?!
Don’t get me wrong, because yes- there is a perfect body positioning, but this one has a other purpose… to find another tenth of a second on a prototype race bike in MotoGP. The rookie street rider has a different purposes of course, and one of them is to stay alive- and secondarily to be in harmony with himself and the bike, as long as he/she is dealing with essential things of riding a motorcycle- like even to shift.
Let’s have a quick overview what advices like “you gotta smile in the mirror” and “touch the gas tank with your elbow” actually means for a newbie:
- A total different weight distribution
- An extreme hanging off demands higher corner speeds because centrifugal energy helps carrying body weights
- Professional racers are extremely fit to perform this exercise
- Lever, brake, shift, and throttle control are way harder to do
- 90% of body weight have to be lifted over to the other side in chicanes
- Center gravity while braking is totally different
- Connection to the bike is off / feedback response time delayed
All of this will slow down the learning process of the one who’s hoping to find an “easy” answer to all of his/her riding problems by ignoring what really the issues are. So there are going hundreds of dollars into books, videos and riding schools which seems to have no clue what they actually take away from the riders by a ‘overdose of body positioning’. Instead- they are just confusing riders, and the result is even worse as before the new ‘wisdom’.
So yeah, let’s look at the pictures here and see those gentleman above who made millions of dollars by being “crossed-up” :-)