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The proper body position on a motorcycle should:

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The proper body position on a motorcycle should:

  1. Be uncomfortable.
  2. Allow your arms to be slightly bent when holding the hand grips. 
  3. Require your arms to be fully extended when holding the hand grips.
  4. Be as far back in the seat as possible. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: B. Allow your arms to be slightly bent when holding the hand grips. 

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Explanation: Motorcycle Body Position

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

To control your motorcycle well, it is important to ride with proper body positioning. 

As part of this, a good body position on your motorcycle should allow your arms to be slightly bent when holding the hand grips. 

This allows you to comfortably press on the handlebars when turning without straining or reaching too far. 

Additionally, you should be seated comfortably in a manner that allows you to easily reach and operate all of the controls. 

You should be seated forward in your seat with a firm grip on the hand grips. ]

Your knees should be against the gas tank to help with balance and control. 

Keep your feet planted firmly on the footrests in a position where it is easy to reach and operate the gear shifter and the rear brake pedal. 

Depending on your motorcycle, you may need to make some adjustments to get the best fit for your body type and height. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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