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expert. On the road, losing one contact point with the bike makes it feel significantly less stable. The bike moves around independently of me and every bump feels accentuated. Losing one contact point is losing one point of control. I didn’t realise how much I relied on my feet while riding until I started taking one off. If I need to weight that peg suddenly, there’s a delay until I can get my foot back on.
In the same corner, with my inside foot on the peg and my body hanging off the inside of the bike, everything feels much more manageable. Bumps don’t feel so harsh, and my throttle and handling inputs feel much more natural.
My riding inputs are generally smooth, but it feels like to really benefit from sticking your foot forward you need to be aggressive with the bike, pushing it down into corners and yanking it back out the other side. So does the supermoto technique make sense on the road? I can’t see it being of any use out on the Queen’s highway although it does look pretty cool. I’ll be sticking to my normal style for now and enjoying the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto just as much as I have been.