That applies to an accomplished racer-turned-motorcycle journalist like Lewis as much or more than anybody else. You can’t build much on a weak foundation, which is why he starts our Saturday-morning class with balance and body position. Nobody can wrestle an adventure behemoth into submission for long, but Lewis keeps his BMW R1200GS Adventure upright with one finger by never letting it go too far in the wrong direction. With the bike on its stand, he demonstrates correct body position. Standing on the pegs effectively lowers your center of mass, which is vital on something that outweighs you by 250 lbs. Keep those knees bent, shoulders parallel to the handlebar and hands on the grips such that you can roll the throttle without dropping that right elbow. Keep two fingers on the clutch and one or two on the front brake. Make sure levers and pedals are adjusted to fit your personal dimensions—and relax.