Yes, believe it or not, there’s a right and a wrong way to do this.
Riding with proper posture is the only way you can properly operate the controls and easily shift your body weight when you’re riding any type of machine. So here’s how it’s done:
YOUR ATV AND OHM RIDING POSITION OPTIONS:
Sitting (Most Stable):
- This is the safest most stable riding position, used most often on flat terrain with few bumps.
- Riders can maintain a lower centre of gravity, which allows for greater stability.
- Use this position when carrying passengers (if your machine is designed to carry more than one rider) for the added stability.
Standing (Best Visibility):
- This position is best when you're struggling with visibility in the seated position or when you’re traveling up steeper slopes - in which case you should lean your weight forward with your knees bent slightly.
- Use when crossing roadways – this is the best way to have a clear view of oncoming traffic and to make sure they can see you too.
- Riders can easily shift their weight quickly in any direction when in standing position.
Posting (Best for Rugged Terrain):
- This is a semi-sitting position and is best used when traveling over rough or uneven terrain.
- It allows the rider to use their legs to absorb the shock from hitting bumps in the trail.
- This is a good position to use when there is decreased visibility, when climbing a steep hill with rugged terrain, and when bracing for continuous shock absorption.
RIDER SAFETY TIP: BODY MOVIN’
Remember, to enhance the performance ability of your ATV, you’ll need to shift your body weight when climbing hills, and crossing obstacles. If you're operating with a passenger, instruct them to always mirror your movements. If they don’t, the machine could become unbalanced and you could lose control of it while riding. The odds of tipping your machine are much higher when operating with a passenger. So keep that body movin’.
General Safety Guidelines:
Sticking to these guidelines will help you keep your balance, and help you to maintain control of your machine.
- Always keep your head and eyes up, looking well ahead for potential obstacles and changes in terrain.
- Keep your hands on the handlebars (or steering wheel) and keep your feet on the footrests at all times. You could easily lose balance if you ride with only one hand and your feet could come into contact with the rear wheels if they aren’t firmly planted.
- Your arms should be relaxed, with your elbows bent outwards slightly from your body.
- Keep your knees pointed inwards (towards the gas tank).
- Never risk losing your control by showing off, it’s just not worth it… and nobody likes a show-off.