What a higher horsepower motorcycle requires of the rider… PSST – That’s you!

11 Nov

Often times we are consumed with more horsepower. Even now we see what has practically become an arms race in superbike production with more than 5 different manufacturers trying to 1-up each other in horsepower. Ducati, BMW, Kawasaki, Aprilia and Suzuki all have models that put out over 190-hp, while Honda, Yamaha and Buell each of models that put out over 180-hp. That is borderline hyperbolic!

Today’s superbikes require riders to be fit to get the most out of them!

But what does this mean for riders?

Riders must be able to handle the forces that bikes such as these create. The 4 biggest areas where strength and fitness is crucial are:

  1. Deceleration
  2. Change of direction
  3. Acceleration
  4. Endurance

After reading that, is there really anything else in motorcycle racing? Forces that act on the motorcycle during these maneuvers must be managed by the rider in a manner that does not upset the suspension. After all, the key to being a fast rider is to be smooth. And fatigue can effect smoothness.

So how do you train to handle a heavier, more powerful motorcycle? Well, it’s a lot like riding a bull. You need to have a lot of strength, agility, endurance, flexibility… you basically have to be the ultimate athlete!

While many people will espouse CrossFit as the ultimate in fitness, Xfit does have a bit of a reputation for not putting athlete safety at the forefront of it’s mission. While it is good for some people, some of the time, it certainly isn’t good for all of the people all of the time.

Other options that riders like is P90X and insanity. While exercise in general is good, there are some corrective exercise that need not be done going mach 3. Instead some corrective exercise to improve shoulder stability, and even some running to provide endurance training for the legs!

I know it sounds simple, but as you get better at riding and racing, your fitness will become more of a limiting factor. The bike will do much more than we can do. Thus the rider is the obstacle. Improving the rider from a physical aspect is something that we can easily do to allow us to ride well and hard for years to come.

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2 Responses to “What a higher horsepower motorcycle requires of the rider… PSST – That’s you!”

  1. rtbjr1963 February 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    I contend with these issues, and a few more. I’m a relatively new sport rider, the past three years, having been a cruiser/standard rider my whole life. I still own a big Yamaha tourer, but now own a Triumph Sprint 955, that’s been modded up to about the equivalent to a liter. Plus, I’m 53 years old, 5’7″, and about 150 lbs wet (in motorcycle terms). So I contend with age, size, newness, overcoming some physical challenges (2x cancer survivor), and trying to get back in shape! No small task. But I’ve already done several track days over the past couple years, and hope to do more. Your topics and tips have been most helpful. Thanks so much!

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    • grandprixfitness February 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks Rob! With the journey you’ve been on, I doubt there is anything you can’t manage! Between your testimony and passion for motorcycles, I’m willing to bet you’re a great riding buddy! You are very welcome!

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