stretches

We stretch before we run, we stretch before we lift weights, Rossi stretches before he rides, as does every professional motorcyclist. So why don’t you? It doesn’t matter if you’re touring, doing a track day, or riding single-track, stretching can benefit everyone by helping to give you full range of motion while also getting your muscles warmed up to work more effectively. If you’re sore after a long day of riding, stretching can help if done immediately afterwards as well as the next morning before saddling back up. You want to keep those muscles from becoming short and tight, which causes them to function less efficiently and can lead to injury. Another tip to help with muscle soreness: drink more water. Like two times more. Sore in the morning? You should have drank more water.

Necessary disclaimer: Motorcycle.com is not your mom, doctor, yoga instructor, etc. Consult a physician before doing these stretches. If your erection lasts longer than 12 hours… wait, why do you have an erection?!

We put together a list of 10 stretches that can help limber you up in all the right places before, during, or after riding your motorcycle. Okay, maybe not during. Get your yoga pants on, because it’s time to stretch!

  • allworld

    Good information.

  • 12er

    Good info and a big flashback to my old “Stretch Monster,” Mr. Armstrong’s green buddy.

  • HazardtoMyself

    Yoga in full leathers. It’s the next big trend.

    • Ryan

      Yep. The race suit makes it like Bikram Yoga with added resistance. And if your suit is new, you get to break it in at the same time. Now that’s what I call a win, win!

  • Mahatma

    I do all those on bike when riding.Optimization baby.Never understood limbering up when doing stuff casual.I follow Tallahassees school of thought on this one.

  • Ricky Lepre

    Ok…somebody’s girlfriend has been in somebody’s ear and she happens to be a Yoga instructor. I get it.

  • G.Stuck

    As I have gotten older, I started getting numbness in my fingertips while riding. One pre-ride stretch that has helped has been leaning into an open doorway with both arms at a 90 degree angle with hands and forearms pointing upward and against the door frame. I hold the lean for about a minute(repeat as many times as preferred) and this helps open up the chest and stretch the pectoralis minor muscle which I have read can cause this numbness. Another, while riding, is stretching one arm out straight ahead or to the side, parallel to the ground, and rolling the arm and hand forward and then backward, keeping the arm pointed in the same direction. I also do this similar movement with both hands on the handlebars. Looking forward to trying some of the stretches above, but without the leathers 🙂 Thanks for showing these stretches.