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When sitting on a motorcycle in riding position, you should:

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When sitting on a motorcycle in riding position, you should:

  1. Sit far enough forward so that your arms are slightly bent.
  2. Sit far enough backward so that your arms are fully extended. 
  3. Keep your knees as far away from the gas tank as possible. 
  4. Grip the handgrips as tightly 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: A. Sit far enough forward so that your arms are slightly bent.

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Explanation: Motorcycle Body Posture

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. 

A good body posture when sitting on your motorcycle will give you the best control when you are riding. 

When you get on your motorcycle, you should position yourself comfortably so that you can easily reach and control both handgrips and foot levers. 

You should position yourself on the seat so that your arms are slightly bent when grabbing the handlebars. 

Keep a firm, but not overly tight grip, on each of the handgrips. 

Your knees should be against each side of the gas tank to help you with balance and stability – especially through turns. 

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

Check out more motorcycle permit test questions and answers here.

Find in-depth articles for new riders in our section dedicated to learning how to ride a motorcycle.

Plus, check out an overview of the requirements to get a motorcycle endorsement in each state.

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