Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
Actually sit on the bike in riding position in your gear, and reach for the controls with both hands and feet. When you stick your fingers straight out, they should be resting on the tops of the levers. If you have to reach up or down, loosen the clamps that hold the levers, and rotate them on the clip ons, so they DO align with your hands. Same thin with the rear brake (just under the toe of your boot when you slide your foot forward off the peg), and the shifter..... depending on if you have it set up in the 'normal' 1 down 5 up pattern, or the GP 1 up, five down, you want the tip of the lever to be set so you make a minimal motion to move it. Shouldn't have to poke around for anything. Should all come to hand naturally.
Same thing with adjusting the engagement point on the front brake, and the clutch. Once you have the orientation set properly, it's a lot easier to suss out where you want the 'bite' to occur. Should be within your natural comfortable grip, where you can apply consistent controlled pressure without having to make an extreme motion out of it.
If you're street riding, it's a really good idea to figure out how to get the most out of your mirrors. Having a nice reflection of your elbows or forearms isn't terribly helpful when it comes to scoping out where the threats are. I've found with my '09, I can see the most to the sides and rear if the tops of the mirrors are parallel to the ground, and the stalks are stretched out as far as possible to the sides. The mirrors are sort of fan shaped, with a point If the widest part sticks out the furthest, and extends towards the ground, you get a better field of view. My mirrors are set to show me what's just past my peripheral vision, when I turn my head to that side. If I need to see directly behind me, I lean my head 'out' from the center of the bike so the angle I am viewing the mirror at changes. That 'sweeps' my field of view, nearly directly behind me to nearly 75 degrees by shifting my head maybe 8-10".
The further away you can recognize potential threats, the more time you have to decide what to do about them. Really good idea to always have a plan..... and to never need it. Anticipation is everything. Sightlines are lifelines.
"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall."