Tag Archives: agility

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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6-things you should eat to make your bike QUICKER…

26 Sep

How often do we look at a moto review in Cycle World, MotorCyclist, or any of your favorite magazines and one of the factors the reviewer discusses is the weight of the bike. You’ll usually hear something along the lines of: “the {insert latest sportbike} comes in weighing 394-lbs while putting out nearly 140-hp.” The author then discusses the merits of how well the bike changes direction and accelerates.

But consider this: will that bike move better with a rider of 200-lb or a rider of 175-lb of the same skill?

I think we can all agree that the lighter rider will allow the bike to move better. When you’ve got an extra 25-lb on the bike, it’s going to make the bike more stable. More stability = less mobility. A bike than can flick left and right quickly is more mobile. Not to mention you’ll have the majority of that 25-lb up high, especially if the weight is in the rider’s mid-section.

So what can you eat to help you shed some of the weight? 

Well it’s pretty simple stuff. Most people when they talk about weight loss are always thinking there has to be some special food or strategy to eating that they do for a month, the weight comes off, and then they go back to eating the way they did when they were heavier!

But here are 5 things to eat that will help you get rid of those last 10-20 lbs. Each of these foods will effect your body by changing the way it uses energy. Some foods cause a hormonal environment in our body that causes us to store fat in our belly and love handles. Other foods (very surprising foods I should add) can cause our body to release fat to be used for energy. 

Eggs florentine

Eggs Florentine is a great way to get eggs & spinach together.

So here are your 5-foods that will lighten you up and make your bike quicker steering.

  1. Eggs – They are a perfect blend of protein and healthy fats. Yes, cholesterol is a healthy fat. And most of you dudes should start eating more because cholesterol is the chemical base for testosterone, which increases fat usage.
  2. Greek Yogurt – Yogurt is high in protein and probiotics which help keep your digestive system happy. A cup of Fage greek yogurt has 23-g of protein and practically nothing else! Protein helps to maintain muscle which in turn increases testosterone!
  3. Spinach – We need greens. And no green contains more protein than spinach. In addition spinach is very versatile and can be eaten as salad, with eggs, with chicken, with steak. It’s very, very versatile. In addition it has fiber and will fill you up with out adding a lot of calories.
  4. Broccoli – Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and has been shown to increase metabolism and are also very high in fiber, antioxidants and are high in cancer preventing minerals. In addition they also have high levels of protein as far as veggies go. Again, broccoli is very versatile. Try steaming some and then throw some craisins and feta in with it. 
  5. Oats – high in fiber and slow digesting carbohydrates, oats are the perfect breakfast and post-workout meal for weight loss. Again, very versatile as they can be eaten on their own, add some fruit to them, mixed in with yogurt, made into pancake batter, or mixed in with a peanut butter smoothie! Check out Gourmet Nutrition for 6-different oatmeal recipes!
    Blueberry Banana parfait

    Parfait’s make a great breakfast. But they don’t need to be this fancy looking. Just throw it in a bowl and mix it up dude.

  6. Almonds – high in healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber, almonds are an amazingly portable food that can be ground up into pancakes, chopped and mixed with yogurt, roasted and eaten on their own or tossed in with a little dried fruit and chocolate chips for some trail mix. The fat in almonds has been shown to improve the ability of your cell to use fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. 

Each of these foods packs a mighty nutritional punch for a pretty low calorie cost. Now the goal isn’t necessarily to have the lowest calorie food no matter the cost. Instead, we want the most nutritious food. If that food happens to have a few more calories than the “low-cal” alternative, so be it. Aim for natural foods that are simple to cook.

Want to see 15 other super foods? Head over to Precision Nutrition and check out their downloadable superfood nutrition guide.