why do people scrunch down when riding a motorcycle?
- adamLv 45 days ago
sport bike riders do that. Real bikers on real bikes dont.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Streamlining like the shape of a supercar. Less wind resistance allows the bike to go faster and you fly like a bullet.
- Candid ChrisLv 71 month ago
It's a vacuum-effect. The air getting sucked into the engine creates a void that needs to be filled so the air going in sucks the rider forward.
It's called the Hoover-factor. It sucks but that's life.
- ExoplanetLv 71 month ago
Snow, wind, rain, sand, gravel, mud, bugs, birds, wild and domestic animals, falling branches and leaves. heat, cold, footpeg and handlebar position, fatigue and diarrhea.
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- oliviaLv 51 month ago
So, endorphins give us that joyous feeling but, after a ride, there's also that sense of relief, like a weight has been lifted. This is similar to mindfulness meditation: Body position, speed, road position - on a motorcycle you're constantly analyzing and adjusting depending on the situation.
- 1 month ago
Well, sport bikes tend to have low handlebars, tall seats and high foot pegs so you don't really have a choice (Check the picture).
With that said; I often lean forward slightly on the highways, to make the journey a little more comfortable.
I'm a tall man @ 6'2" and sitting upright on my Suzuki V-Strom 650 while doing 100+ (60 MPH) isn't exactly easy. The windshield on my bike is kinda small for a man of my size; hence at high speeds the wind blasts right at my head and pushes it backward which is kinda agonizing at extended periods, if you ask me!
Leaning a bit forward makes the journey MUCH more tolerable.
- MurzyLv 71 month ago
less wind drag .
- DimoLv 51 month ago
People riding racing motorcycles, when racing, scrunch down to cut wind drag.
A lot of people buy "sport" bikes to pretend to be racers, or to actually illegally race on the streets.
Riding scrunched down is not comfortable. Which is why good streeet riders do not.
- JetDocLv 71 month ago
If you're riding a "crotch rocket" you HAVE to lean forward to reach the handlebars and hand controls.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Lean forward and the air movement supports your chest. Depending on the bodywork you can change the aerodynamic turbulence behind your helmet and reduce neck discomfort.
Plus it looks cool unless you are doing 20mph