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Riding Basics: When & how to fall off your bike for good reasons

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Motorcycling is an enjoyable and rewarding sport, but it comes with the inevitability of falls. The most intimidating factor about riding is the motorcycle fall off and the injury associated with it. While it isn’t a good situation, the reins rest with the rider to prevent it from getting worse. That why all professional riders learn how to fall off the bike when the situation comes.

Your survival reaction already limits you from improving your riding , another thing that can limit your learning is your attitude. Your attitude about everything and also about a bike fall off governs your cope mechanism greatly when you encounter such a situation where fall is inevitable. The fear of injury also accompanies by fear of failure. Your feelings about the fall are a very important factor, along with your course of action when you fall. Also remember, your riding gear is the 1st thing that hits the ground when you fall, so make sure you’re always wearing good/proper gears to keep you safe. Here are some tips on how to fall off your motorcycle.

Step 1: How to fall off – Eliminating Resistance to Fall

As a successful rider, you must be ready to fall off your bike. It does sound ridiculous. Who’d want to embrace injury and embarrassment with open arms? The key here is to understand that your readiness is different from desire; you do not have to desire to fall off but are ready when you face the inevitable in that situation. The whole experience of riding, especially racing, is accompanied by the idea of a bike fall off and if you resist it, you are more likely to fall with greater ramifications.

If you foresee a bike fall, the key is to stop trying to save yourself as your resistance will cause you more injury. Think of a situation where you have an object in your line of sight that you want to prevent hitting, but you get so glued to it that you do not look for a way to escape it but hit it anyway.

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Eliminate resistance to fall off the bike! Source

You face similar plight in the situation of a fall off where the idea of avoiding it is occupying enough to distract you from riding and hence confirms the fall. The idea of prevention takes away your attention and thereby lands you in the same soup that you were avoiding all this while.

If you aren’t ready for falling off your motorcycle, you might as well skip the idea of racing entirely as the acceptance of the idea of the inevitability of a fall or injury is what is going to govern your racing decisions positively.

Minimizing resistance to falling off may be your best bet to recover after a fall with minimum damage to your body. While no one wants to fall off, a bike fall that you recover well from minimizes the fear.

Step 2: Letting go During the Fall

  • Letting the bike go: The weight and dimensions of your bike are much more than those of your body and hence it is likely to traverse a greater distance down the road as compared to you. Holding on to it may spell disaster at your own disposal as you are choosing to go down with it.

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Let go off the bike! Source

The situation calls for minimizing motion also because the hard protrusions from the sides of the bike make catch the ground and send the bike to go rolling; imagine doing similar stunts along with the bike, let alone the injuries it won’t be a pleasant sight either. Letting go helps you drop off before the bike owing to the weight difference.

  • Relaxing: If you lose control, it is best to relax and stop all action in order to get away from the motorcycle. An attempt to break the fall or react by extending limbs may send you flying and cause further harm to the body. You can protect your bones by letting go of the rigidity; relaxation will make it difficult to break them.

Another good thing about relaxing is voluntarily putting the maximum surface area on the ground and hence spreading the impact. Stunt men and professionals make use of this technique to prevent injuries. Deciding to hold on to the bike may cause high-siding or low-siding, thereby causing more injury.

Step 3 – Come to a Complete Halt before Getting Up

The impact of the human body mechanism may also put you in a situation that may cause havoc in case of a fall. A fall may disturb the fluid in the inner ear and hence disturb your sense of balance and motion; this can cause you to falsely determine that you have stopped while you are still sliding along at a considerable speed. The illusion of a halt, when you are actually on the go, may land you in a funny situation wherein you may look like a kangaroo.

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Relax yourself after the fall and then try and pick up the bike! Source

The avoidance mechanism here is to count to 3 after perceiving the halt, seeing if the ground and sky are their respective positions, and then trying to get up.

Step 4 – What to do After the Fall

There is a greater chance of injury by accident in case you try to dodge traffic. Staying in a fixed spot after the fall will help the other riders avoid you and protect themselves from the repercussions of someone trying to divert them. And remember, getting hit completely by a vehicle is far worse than being run down over a limb.

There you have it; how to fall off a bike, silly as it may sound.

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Always wear helmet while riding! Source

Motorcycling is a sport that is very rewarding in terms of enjoyment and a rush of adrenaline; don’t let the idea or actual occurrence of a fall spoil it for you. Take it as an indispensable part of the sport; avoid it as far as you can but act wisely in case you see it coming.

Practice in advance

While the importance of relaxation to prepare for a fall has been emphasized, the body reflexes do not co-operate when the situation arises. It is better to practice well in advance. Practicing a free fall by relaxing your muscles in a gym or empty room is a good idea. You can practice in the following way:

  • Position yourself in a room where the floor is well covered to minimize injury; you could do it at a well-carpeted

  • Bring your arms to the height of the shoulder on both the sides.

  • Try to relax the shoulders to let them fall off

  • You have to repeat until you relax completely to crumple into a heap than falling forward or backward.

While it may seem funny to practice a fall, it will come handy if you face a real motorcycle fall. If your mind is trained to avoid resisting it, you are more likely to let go and relax as mentioned above and thus minimize injury in case of an unfortunate incident.

Ensure that you wear a helmet every time you are out on the road with your bike, so is being ready to fall off. You can minimize injuries by training your attitude and coping mechanism well in advance. Even further lower a number of injuries by wearing proper gear . The willingness to fall and the basic points mentioned in this here may help minimize injury to a great extent.

Have a safe ride!

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