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Doohan's Body Position.


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You ask me, they're all a bit "crossed up" by today's standards. Riding style fashions come and go, and those guys all cut their teeth on bikes that were nothing like today's racing machinery, and with pretty crummy tires as well.

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Being lower meant you would get flying that much higher when you got thrown since you could be accelerated over a much longer distance. Riding with the torso high was very common back then, both for the common belief it was good to avoid highsides/reduce their nastiness and because it generally seemed to be the norm. Look at old pictures and films, and the majority rode like that.

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