The first rule of the motorcyclist is to stay on track.
The second rule of the motorcyclist is to go around the track.
The third rule of the motorcyclist: get into a rut – ride in a rut until you can get out of it.
The quality of roads is a loose concept. It is such a relative concept that it is difficult to determine the behavior of a motorcyclist on the road unambiguously. I propose to consider from different angles, because understanding the essence of the problem will help determine the methods of solving it.
Track on the road: what could it be?
The track can be found on any surface, the question is in its condition. She may be:
- Deep / shallow
- Dry / Wet
- Wide / narrow
- Single-track / multi-track
It is logical that all these epithets characterize the state of the track, depending on the natural conditions and the weather along which we are traveling. Off-road, the track will be heavily dependent on moisture, be it sand or mud. After rain, driving on a track can be difficult, although it is more convenient to ride on wet sand. The muddy track on a dirt road is one of the least favorite among motorcyclists. By the way, off-road, a multi-track road often comes across, which is why you have to carefully choose the route so as not to get into a stupid position.
In the city, the track is found on asphalt roads, when cars have already trodden a clearing along a popular road and we will not even get into the jungle of the root cause, although the war for the extreme in this situation (cars with studs or heavy trucks) is still in full swing in the veins of motorists.
The asphalt track is dangerous because it is not always visible. A wheel breakdown, even a minor one, can be so unexpected that it will lead the pilot to fatal errors. And after the rain, the water has nowhere to go at all and, according to the law of physics, it accumulates at the bottom, where it becomes the cause of aquaplaning (“Aquaplaning on a motorcycle – how is it?”). In addition, on the asphalt, almost all the debris of the track settles in the same track or between the lanes.
Why is the track dangerous?
- The risk of falling increases
- Hooking the motorcycle or feet on the edges of the track
- The turning radius of the track may differ from the capabilities of the motorcycle.
- Off-road in a rut can stall / get stuck
- It’s hard to get out of a rut
Danger of falling
– Well, track and track, what’s the problem? – will ask someone who has never had an accident because of her.
When the track is wide and low enough, this is not a problem. But when you find yourself in a rather narrow or deep rut, it becomes unpleasant to ride in it. With a sharp turn of the steering wheel, you run the risk of touching the edge of the track with the front wheel. In the case when it is high and narrow, the wheel or folds to the opposite side, which will immediately cause wobling and a possible fall over the steering wheel by a swallow; or if the front wheel is out of rut and the rear wheel remains in it, the motorcycle will drive sideways and you will fall to the side with the motorcycle!
Yes, this is how off-road motorcyclists are laid out when they try to get out of a rut, but the rear wheel remains inside.
Motorcycle or kicking over the edges of the track
When the bike is low and the edges of the track are high, you run the risk of sparks from the engine tray, scratching the plastic or hitting the edge with a footboard when trying to get out of it.
Some motorcyclists have a problem with the position of their legs, they are forced to either raise their legs or press them against the motorcycle as much as possible, because the track is unforgivably narrow. Protruding branches or roots from trees can throw a foot off the footboard, a motorcyclist jerks, loses balance, and then another classic with a wobbling wheel inside the track.
Turning radius in rut and danger of getting stuck / stalled
If you manage to go in a rut, then you need to consider who left it. I’m serious. In my expeditions to the Polistovsky Reserve, I had to get into a mess so many times due to the fact that the path lay on the track left by … a caterpillar all-terrain vehicle. By the way, if you are driving in a rut on a very cruel off-road, remember that where a car or an ATV can sail on the word of honor and the driver’s enthusiasm, the motorcycle runs the risk of stalling or taking too much. Rut holes can be deceiving.
Although it should be noted that off-road, sometimes a track is the best way out, because it is a relative semblance of a road.
Jokes about the fact that in a rut you are not going where you want, but where the road leads – are not devoid of logic. You with a rut are not always on the way. When your speed is increased, it is difficult to get into the desired turn due to the limited track width. On multi-track roads, when changing from track to track, there are problems with the long base of the motorcycle. Do not turn at an acute angle, motorcyclists are forced to dismount and move the motorcycle in the right direction on their own.
It is easy to get into a rut and difficult to get out of it.
First, it’s really easy to get into a rut. You are such a fine fellow driving parallel to the track and at the turn your wheel breaks off – welcome to the level below!
Secondly, proper gas and body work helps to get out of the rut. When the edge of the track is too high, you have to suffer to raise the front wheel. If you are unable to orient the motorcycle so that it pulls itself out of the rut, then if you fail, you will be carried sideways. And the balance will already be disturbed by the unusual position of raising the wheel to a higher level, therefore, you will fall or rest your feet on the ground to help the motorcycle.
How to properly ride in a rut and get out of it, read the next article.