The best ergonomics mod for comfort and control will surprise you

Most ergonomic advice you hear tends to be centered on the seat or handlebars. I'm here to tell you that there is a crucial ergo modification that gets ignored and should be addressed before the aforementioned parts.

Your hands and wrists often get uncomfortable first and can take away from a good riding experience. That is why refining your throttle is so important. 

There are a couple of factors that can impact your hands, in this guide will show you how to reduce your hand stress by customizing your throttle assembly, grips, and levers.

Start by taking a look at your throttle tube and the radius of the throw. For many bikes it is way too long and can have you constantly readjusting your grip or keeping your wrist bent more than it needs to be. You can refine this to your liking by doing the following:

Quick turn throttle or adjustable rate throttle like - Motion Pro Throttle Kit Rev-2

Modifying your throttle cam profile on your own. This will take experimenting and is worthy of it's own article.

Next, it is important to have a high quality, sticky and comfortable grip. This is a pretty subjective upgrade, but the stock hard grips you find on most bikes can be immediately improved upon by replacing them with protaper pillow top grips.

ProTaper Pillow Top Grips

Lastly, you'll benefit clutch and brake lever modifications as well. They can also help reduce fatigue by having and easier pull and more adjustability.

Here is a link to my favorite levers: RSC Levers

See this article for why I think they are the best: Coming Soon.

Considering how important your hands and wrists are for controlling your bike, it makes sense to start there for comfort and improved rider Inputs. These are best when combined with a quality handlebar change. 

See here for my handlebar guide: Coming Soon.

The first modification you should make on any bike

The first thing you should do to a motorcycle when you get it is protect it from a crash. This mod has the potential for the best return on money due being one of the easiest and cheapest mods you can do that shields you from expensive drops and crashes. 

There are a lot of options out there, this guide is designed to help you identify what you need based on you type of motorcycle.

Crash protection depends on your style of bike

For Example: Here is what I used on my MT 07 -

  • Sportbike
    • Frame/Axel Sliders
    • Lever Guards
    • Keep Passenger Pegs
  • Naked
    • Frame/Axel/Case Sliders
    • Lever Guards
    • Keep Passenger Pegs
    • Aftermarket Handlebars
  • Dirt bike / Supermoto
    • Axel Sliders
    • Hand Guards
    • Stronger Handlebars
    • Skid Plate
  • Grom / Minibike
    • Frame/Axel Sliders
    • Stronger Handlebars
    • Extra Footpegs 😂
  • Stunt Bike
    • Everything
  • Adventure
    • Crash Bars
    • Skid Plate
    • Hand Guards
  • Cruiser
    • Crash Bars

Types of crash protection:

  • Frame sliders/Axel sliders/Tank/Case/Bar End sliders
  • Handlebars
  • Hand guards or Bark Busters
  • Lever guards
  • Crash bars
  • Skid plate
  • Passenger pegs or subframe sliders
  • 12 O' Clock bar
  • Radiator Guard

There are important idiosyncrasies to be aware of to ensure the protective measures are effective and not actually increasing your risks of damage in a crash.

Risks of using the wrong type of crash protection for your bike:

  • Wrong Size
    • Can drag hard parts when cornering
  • Wrong Shape
    • Can catch on the ground and cause the bike to flip
  • Cheap Construction
    • Can break off and cause more damage

Non tangible benefits of crash protection:

  • Reduced feeling of impending doom
  • Confidence to ride harder

All of my advice and analysis has thoroughly been crash tested. I have applied this advice to my WR250X where I have had at least 25 low sides, high sides, and forward and backwards loops. Despite some truly nasty crashes the worst damage the bike ever incurred was a bent front axel (they don't make protection for that 😞). Additionally, I have crashed and totaled bunch of other bikes including a beautiful Ducati 1098 that didn't have any protection because I didn't want to cut the fairings up 😓...

In a future post I will go into more detail with all the categories and show how I protected my MT 07 and ways to fabricate your own crash protection that's specific for you needs and bike. Think stunt bike/dirt bike.

Two Wheels and Trouble (TWAT)

The goal of TWAT is to build comradery (or codependency) through the struggle of not having the right opinion or tools for the job and no money.

Like so many of us, I have more projects than time. So it would be nice to share my repertoire of projects, track progress, and hopefully get some good feedback.

TWAT will also serve to chronicle adventures and share my experience with those who are not fortunate enough to own two wheels.

I have led hundreds of group rides and have ridden most of my bucket list roads and plan on sharing the insight I have gained.