The ‘Knee Out’ Rid­ing Style

Bike India - - Letters -

I have been a reg­u­lar reader of your great mag­a­zine for many years. Ev­ery time I re­turn to In­dia, the first thing I do is buy the lat­est is­sue for a con­cise up­date on all things two wheels. I have just fin­ished read­ing the Au­gust 2016 is­sue and en­joyed your cov­er­age of the World Ducati Week.

I must say it would take a brave (or ex­tremely well-in­formed) man to state that Paul Smart was the rider who in­tro­duced the ‘knee out’ rid­ing style; nicely qual­i­fied by stat­ing ‘knee out’ rather than ‘knee down’. For years we have de­bated who in­tro­duced ‘knee out’ or ‘knee down’, and we are yet to get a de­fin­i­tive an­swer. I re­mem­ber get­ting my knee down for the first time at the Siberia Cor­ner at Phillip Is­land, go­ing home and telling it to my fa­ther. He said he re­mem­bered a bike meet­ing that he had at­tended in New Zealand in

the 1950s where a rider was rid­ing with his knee out and bum off the seat, and the crowd laugh­ing at him for his strange rid­ing style. Some credit the demise of Dust­bin fair­ings for the start of the ‘knee out’ style, as my fa­ther re­called see­ing it at the Isle of Man TT in the late 1950s. Who knows?

For years the likes of Jarno Saari­nen and King Kenny have of­ten been cred­ited with start­ing the ‘knee out and down’ style, but this is still up for de­bate. So if you have cracked the in­ner sanc­tum of knowl­edge, please could you re­veal your source? I could eat out for free for a year or more with such valu­able in­for­ma­tion in my pocket.

Keep up the great work. Jim Gan­non, by e-mail

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