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Motorcyclists must pick the right pose to avoid looking amateur, body language experts claims

Hidden hands, folded arms and rigid smiles in photos all point towards inexperienced bikers

A body language expert has revealed that amateur bikers can be identified simply from their poses in photographs. 

Hundreds of Brits have started biking this year, with national motorcycle sales increasing 17 per cent between January and August compared to the same period in 2020. 

But these new motorcycle owners still need to learn the art of posing if they want to look the part.  

To determine what makes a professional-looking biker, dealership Vertu Motorcycles enlisted the help of body language expert Adrianne Carter of the Face Whisperer – who weighed in with some advice for taking photos.

Her top tips were as follows: 

Motorcycle photo dosMotorcycle photo don’ts
Keep your expression naturalRigidly grin or scowl
Give the camera attentionDivert your gaze to far-off hilltop
Show your handsHide your hands behind your back
Relax hands and feetFold arms or put hands in pocket
Create a wide stanceShrink away from the camera
Hold / lean on the bikePerch uncomfortably on the bike
Show off plenty of the bikeCut off the bike from shot

Adrianne also offered five examples of how to take a top picture when posing alongside a motorcycle – helping bikers show off their new purchase in the best possible way. 

Here are five poses to consider. 

  1. The confident one

According to Adrianne, this is a great shot for showing off the details of the bike and your “dominance” of the machine with a strong body shape. 

By placing your phone low down and using the self-timer, you’ll get a good angle that also makes you look taller.

Adrianne says: “Generally, the more space a person appears to take up, the more dominant and in control they are perceived.”

The crossed feet in this pose adds a sense of approachability and a palm draped over the handlebar also denotes ownership, while the other hand on the leg demonstrates a confident connection to the bike. 

Overall, the relaxed elements (dangling hands and feet, slightly arched back) of this stance keep you looking cool, calm and in control rather than trying too hard.

2. The serious one

This one is for the more subtle and serious types – people who prefer to pragmatically show off their new purchase rather than get their whole body in the frame. 

This can be captured as a selfie – ideally with a selfie stick so you can get the right angle. 

Adrianne comments: “Here’s a way to show off the bike without being considered arrogant. 

“By simply checking over your shoulder you can acknowledge the camera and still make room to show off your purchase. 

“The indirect facial expression doesn’t seek the viewer’s approval, while the close camera shot keeps the focus on the face and the front of the bike in equal measure.”

3. The laid-back one

Looking laid-back on your biker pics is a surefire way to show people you’re in complete control. 

This open, amenable stance – with loose hands and bent arms – eschews the ‘mean biker’ cliché; reflecting the fact you’re comfortable and confident. 

A slightly-tilted head gives a pleasing symmetry to the final image, Adrianne says, and it’s best to place yourself mid-centre, keeping an open face (no sunglasses or visors) and a broad smile. 

You may need to rope in a friend or set the self-timer to capture this one. 

4. The effortless one

If you have an eye for a good location, this is the pose for you. The ‘effortless’ pose manages to emphasise both the bike and its surroundings in equal measure. 

Adrianne says: “The spread legs create a firm base, making the body wider and bigger in the picture – both of which are distinct signals of power and dominance in the body language field. 

“We see more of this control with the hands gripping the handlebars – directing and in command of the bike.”

“Tilting the head is a positive cue – it shows the person is open to listening and engaged and negates any feelings that might be perceived as looking down on the viewer.”

5. The relaxed one

This last pose requires a bit of confidence, but if you can pull it off, it’ll go down a storm. 

Adrianne recommends looking directly at the camera in an assured manner with the head slightly tilted. 

Direct eye contact “creates an intimacy with the viewer”.

The best way to pull off this stance is to fully commit; a half-baked stare could come across as more humorous than captivating. 

It may require some patience and a few attempts, but with each separate image you’ll notice how subtle pose changes can communicate a very different attitude.

Mark Goode, Vertu Motorcycles Brand Director, said: “Let’s be honest, when you have a new bike you always want to show it off, at Vertu we encourage that. 

“The Vertu Motorcycle Club is our friendly community of riders and a great place to show off your new bike. 

“Get noticed and say hello by using the hashtag #VertuMC.”

For further insights about Vertu Motorcycles, visit the Vertu Motorcycles blog.

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