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The pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated the desire for motorcycles, with more people than ever enjoying the glorious independence of travelling on two wheels. One side effect of all this pent-up motorcycle buying is more bright-eyed bikers on the road showing off their newest purchase on social media.
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What Do Your Motorcycle Selfies Say About You?

What Do Your Motorcycle Selfies Say About You?

The pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated the desire for motorcycles, with more people than ever enjoying the glorious independence of travelling on two wheels.

One side effect of all this pent-up motorcycle buying is more bright-eyed bikers on the road showing off their newest purchase on social media.

We love a good bike photo but a straightforward bike shot can be a bit boring (eBay is full of them!) and taking a selfie with your pride and joy is the first step.

But what about taking your selfies a step further and really saying something about yourself?

If this sounds a bit mysterious, don’t worry – we have an expert on hand.

We sought the help of body language expert Adrianne Carter of the Face Whisperer to tell us what your motorcycle photos say about you – and what you can do to send the right visual message.

Here’s her top advice on how to up your social media game.

Our expert’s top five motorcycle photo types

1.     The confident one: the ‘streamlined sitter’

Streamlined Bike Selfie

A great shot for showing the details of the bike and your dominance of the machine with a strong body shape. Using your self-timer, you’ll get a good angle on the bike that also makes you look taller.

Says Adrianne: “Generally, the more space a person appears to take up (think tall people or images of people looking down at the camera), the more dominant and in control they are perceived.”

Whilst the straight legs strongly indicate “I own this bike”, the crossed feet add approachability by making the body shape smaller and more streamlined. It’s the opposite of manspreading!

The hand gently placed over the handlebar also denotes ownership, while the other hand on the leg demonstrates a confident connection to your bike.

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

2.     The serious one: the ‘over the shoulder' glance

Over The Shoulder Bike Selfie

While some people prefer to display their entire body in photos, this style suits the more subtle, serious types who prefer to pragmatically show off their new purchase.

It can be done as a selfie - it takes a bit of flexibility (or a selfie stick, remember them?) and will make you the hero of the image.

As 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 laidback one: the ‘lens lover’

Laid Back Bike Selfie

The open stance and amenable body language serve up ample amounts of laisse-faire. This pose radiates relaxing vibes and avoids the ‘mean biker’ cliche.

You may need to rope in a friend or prop your phone up and set the self-timer for as long as possible.

While crossed arms can signify defence or obstinance, the loose hands help to communicate that you are comfortable and relaxed.

“Hands seen in the image also serves to reassure the viewer, showing there’s nothing to hide here.”

Elsewhere, the alignment of the slightly-tilted head with the hands not only gives a pleasing symmetry to the final image, Adrianne adds:

"Placing yourself mid-centre, keeping an open face (sunglasses or visor-free) and a broad smile all help to communicate your laidback confidence."

4.     The effortless one: the ‘pit-stop pauser’

Pit Stop Bike Selfie

This stance combines the need to feature the bike, strike a pose and humbly show off the magnificent surroundings. If you have an eye for a good location or spot a breathtaking backdrop, this is the one for you.

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: the ‘eye contact engager’

Eye-Contact Bike Selfie

The old “staring down the barrel of the lens” stance

“This stance takes confidence to do well”, Adrienne comments, “particularly with the looking -down-the-nose eye contact.”

“Looking directly at the camera in an assured manner with the head slightly tilted softens the direct eye contact and creates an intimacy with the viewer.”

The best way to pull off this kind of stance is to simply go for it – a half-baked direct stare could come across as more feeble than fearsome. Try it lots of times and you’ll notice how subtle changes in your pose communicate a very different attitude.

Our body language expert’s top tips:

Motorcycle photo dos

Motorcycle photo don’ts

Keep your expression natural

Rigidly grin - or scowl

Give the camera attention

Divert your gaze to far-off hilltop

Show your hands

Hide your hands behind your back

Relax hands and feet

Fold arms or put hands in pocket

Create a wide stance

Shrink away from the camera

Hold / lean on the bike

Perch uncomfortably on the bike

Show off plenty of the bike

Cut off the bike from shot


Mark Goode, Vertu Motorcycles Brand Director, commented:

“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.”

Know how to take a decent bike photo, but haven’t got a new bike? Not to worry – here at Vertu Motorcycles, we offer a stellar range of new and used motorcycles that are all ready to be papped. Take a look at the full Vertu Motorcycles range to find your favourite today.

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