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The Rider's Handbook

Safe riding

Riding a motorcycle is never risk free, but you should aim to ride ‘low risk’. A low-risk rider has good observation, speed control, road positioning, gap selection and hazard perception skills.

Your skills will gradually build with practice and experience as you ride in different conditions and learn to detect and handle various hazardous situations.

Basic riding techniques

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


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 your control of the motorcycle.

To achieve the correct riding posture:

  1. Sit well forward.
  2. Keep your head up and point your chin in your direction of travel.
  3. Relax your arms and place minimal weight on your wrists.
  4. Keep your back relaxed and support your weight with your stomach muscles.
  5. Grip the motorcycle firmly with your legs and knees.

In curves, point your chin through the turn and scan the road with your eyes.


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