Holding the bars (CBT)

You are here: VideoBiker / CBT resources / Basics / Holding the bars

Holding the bars (motorcycle handlebars)

The correct grip is imperative

Having the correct grip on the handlebars is imperative when riding a motorcycle. By adopting a light grip, learner riders will avoid suffering with sore hands, tension in the arms, shoulder and neck. A light grip translates to an overall more relaxed and less fatigued riding style, along with significantly improved handling skills.

Right hand

The right hand operates the throttle. Maintaining a ‘flat’ wrist posture, without angling the wrist over or dropping it down will result in a far more effective operation of the throttle – ensuring maximum control, without getting a sore wrist. The thumb of the right hand should be used to operate the right-handlebar switch gear, whilst ensuring a full grip remains on the throttle. Fingertips should be used to operate the front brake.

Left hand

The left hand holds the left-handlebar grip and when needed the fingertips are used to operate the clutch. The thumb of the left hand is used to operate the left-handlebar switch gear.

VideoBiker advisory panel advice

Marcus McCormick advises: “Remember the grip on the bars should be enough to have full control – just a ‘light but secure grip’ would suffice.” Mike Harbon suggests: “If experiencing tension in the shoulders – relax the shoulders and wiggle the fingers. This eases the tension – elbows will drop and shoulders will become more relaxed.”

Get Learners (CBT) Academy – the UK’s most comprehensive video based motorcycle training resource to enhance and prepare for Compulsory Basic Training. [read more]

Compulsory Basic Training

Get FREE access to CBT instructor top tips

Essential CBT audio guide plus...
CBT essential audio guide

CBT tip sheets

Resources do not substitute professional motorcycle training and are subject to our terms.