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Master Yoda's Riding Position

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Kathy R

Folks

 

I made this sticky, for now, in Ride Well. Often folks have asked about, or referred to, Master Yoda's Riding Position thread. Recently Dennis asked that it be made a sticky.

 

Perhaps this thread will be useful, but it might evolve into a single post with Dick's dissertation on riding position.

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Bernie

Thank you, good idea. :thumbsup:

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flat_twin

Wow has it been that long ago that I first read that thread? I have thought of and applied the fundamentals of the MYRP too many times to count. Probably every time I ride actually. And it's the same whether on the RS or the RT. Light hands, support with your core, slight arch in the back and a little pressure on the foot pegs. If I find myself slouching at all I think "Master Yoda" and get it right again. Very comfortable and a good way to meld with the bike too.

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Huzband

It's been a long time since I read this.

 

Seeing as I can't ride for a couple weeks, I may as well read about riding.

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jackie

Hi Huzband! Long time no see. Does anyone know whatever happened to Dick? sure miss him.

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JerryMather
Hi Huzband! Long time no see. Does anyone know whatever happened to Dick? sure miss him.

 

All we know or has been reported around here is that Dick had to give up riding due to an eye problem a few years back. Since then no one has been able to contact him with any sucess. Leslie & I have tried numerous times over the past couple years.

 

If anyone reads this and does know more than this, please PM me. I'd like to talk with you.

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jackie

That is so sad. We need to show Dick some good old time RT love! Anyone please post if you get any updates!

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Dave_zoom_zoom

Thanks again Dick.

 

Your valuable insight and willingness to share is sincerely appreciated.

 

Hope you are doing well.

 

Best Regards

 

Dave

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TNT

I just linked this to a new rider on the F800 forum. I still think this is very good info. On 10/10/14 I just did my first IBA SS-1000 in 19 hours. Thanks for keeping this up!

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Fivestar13
I just linked this to a new rider on the F800 forum. I still think this is very good info. On 10/10/14 I just did my first IBA SS-1000 in 19 hours. Thanks for keeping this up!

 

Congrats on your SS1000!

 

Would you say that you employed the MYRP in doing so? In entirety or just a little bit here and there?

Edited by Fivestar13

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erickz

I am very interested in this but found the verbal description lacking for my feeble brain. Would someone mind posting the pictures again of the correct MYRP and the incorrect MYRP?

Please...

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Dennis Andress

Pictures are going to be hard to find.

 

At its simplest, MYRP comes down to four things:

 

0.) Bend at the hips, not with your spine

1.) Press down with your feet

2.) Lift up with your abs and thighs to keep your weight off the bars

3.) Lean forward so your elbows are bent and relaxed

 

You know you've got it right when your hands are lightly resting on the grips.

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Matts_12GS
I am very interested in this but found the verbal description lacking for my feeble brain. Would someone mind posting the pictures again of the correct MYRP and the incorrect MYRP?

Please...

 

Erickz, where are you located? If you're in the east at all, this RidingSmart class may have spaces available for our August session.

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Huzband
I am very interested in this but found the verbal description lacking for my feeble brain. Would someone mind posting the pictures again of the correct MYRP and the incorrect MYRP?

Please...

 

What a great first post. All about riding rather than oil or whatnot.

 

Fill out your profile so we can know a bit about you.

 

As far as what Matt mentioned about RideSmart. While we have a full class with 4 alternates for August, it's just possible that we might have a spring '16 class.

Mind you, this hasn't been discussed yet, so stay tuned.

 

And welcome aboard. :thumbsup:

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Alba

Pictures are going to be hard to find.

 

At its simplest, MYRP comes down to four things:

 

0.) Bend at the hips, not with your spine

1.) Press down with your feet

2.) Lift up with your abs and thighs to keep your weight off the bars

3.) Lean forward so your elbows are bent and relaxed

 

You know you've got it right when your hands are lightly resting on the grips.

 

I am 6ft and historically rode my 1150RT with the seat at the highest setting, recently I dropped it down to the middle setting, found it helped (cornering comfort) along with the above.

 

Play with the seat height you may be surprised, I was.

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erickz

Just went for my longest ride on the bike and was able to incorporate all the suggestions. It helped greatly. Thanks!

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beemerboy
Pictures are going to be hard to find.

 

At its simplest, MYRP comes down to four things:

 

0.) Bend at the hips, not with your spine

1.) Press down with your feet

2.) Lift up with your abs and thighs to keep your weight off the bars

3.) Lean forward so your elbows are bent and relaxed

 

You know you've got it right when your hands are lightly resting on the grips.

 

This reminds me of trying to work on my golf swing. I try and try and try then I rent a cart, buy a few beers, and regale my fellow golfers with off color jokes or taunt them whilst they attempt to tee off or putt.

 

In the end I have a good time and that's all that matters. Same thing with riding.....except for the beer.

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lkraus

Today, Indy Dave had me thinking about riding posture, which stirred MYRP up from the depths of my brain.

 

The keynotes to "the" Riding Position are:

Bend at the HIPS, not waist

Maintain a SLIGHT arch to the back, not allowing it ever to "curve"

Move the butt AFT so the weight is OVER YOUR FEET.

Apply pressure to the feet, using the THIGH muscles, so you are sitting "lightly"

ELBOWS BENT, now DROP the hands to the bars.

Then I came across this article: To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit. Scroll down to "Pull your tail out so it can wag"

 

Sounds like Master Yoda was on to something...

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tallman

Yes.

Yes.

And, yes.

One of the things I miss the most, writing from DF.

He has a way of communicating so much and clearly, about many things.

 

:Cool:

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