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How to use throttle when cornering?

The tilt of the motorcycle and the work of the body are determined intuitively by many pilots in the corner, but the question of working with gas often arises.

– How to work with gas before turning?

– Do I need to add gas when cornering?

– If yes, then when?

– What happens if you add too much gas?

Let’s think logically and reason together. The motorcycle appears to be a simple device when it stands peacefully in the parking lot. As soon as it comes to movement, things get more complicated, as the time for the correct reaction becomes less.

We examined the first and basic techniques in turns in the articles (“Fundamentals of cornering. Part one”) and (“Entering turns. Second part”).

In short: we talked about the fact that in city traffic, it is enough for pilots to roll into a turn on even or closed throttle so that the maneuver proceeds smoothly, without convulsive panic due to the impossibility of building a trajectory or restructuring it within the maneuver due to excessive speed.

If you don’t have time to slow down before entering a turn, you will have to correct the trajectory just before the apex. This gives rise to problems. If you have not finished braking before entering the corner, the speed is too high, you will have to consider that it will take more tilt of the motorcycle in less time to complete the maneuver. After all, you will need to navigate on the spot and try to fit into the trajectory that you have already skipped. How do you want? Cornering is the lion’s share of successful maneuvering.

Remember that in circuit races there is a rule according to which you are much better off entering the maneuver more slowly, but getting out of the maneuver faster. Adding gas at the beginning of a turn or before passing its apex is not that not logical, but simply not reasonable. On some sites they advise, they say, accelerate and then just fly into the turn. Yeah, what if it’s closed? And if this turn is at an acute angle? And if now a large car is driving to the oncoming lane? A motorcycle is not a bicycle, it does not need acceleration to turn, the engine works anyway. Your task is not to interfere with the motorcycle when cornering on a slope. Why are these accelerations, then braking and jerking inside the lane in order to have time to turn?

There is an opinion that a great, prohibitive speed is equal to a successful ride. Thoughts like that come from the races of experienced pilots, but even they will tell you that turns are not a place for recklessness.

Any turn is easier to pass on smooth / closed gas and only a chain of turns will have to be passed with the addition of a combustible mixture to the engine.

When do you need to add gas?

Gas is added at the exit from the corner. By and large, the ideal cornering looks like this:

  • Before the point of entry into the maneuver, the speed is reduced to the one corresponding to your capabilities and traffic rules.
  • After entering and up to the apex, the trajectory of movement is built on closed throttle.
  • Once the motorcycle has rounded the apex, the speed can be increased to align the motorcycle with the motion.

Gas is added as soon as the rear wheel is out of the maneuver. This is very important, especially on long bikes. Because the addition of gas puts stress on the rear suspension. And then we remember such nasty gifts such as wheel demolition, skidding, slippage and other situations that are far from joyful. Once you are confident that the bike is stable after cornering and can return to its normal upright position, increasing the speed will simply stabilize you out.

Any addition of gas in front of the apex poses the danger of overwhelming the situation and out of the corner.

What happens if you add too much gas?

Nothing good – to be honest. Sometimes the situation requires you to gas. For athletes, this is a competition, a desire to make up for time due to mistakes or a more experienced rival, in the city it is just excitement, and sometimes life-threatening situation.

At the exit from the turn, the need to throttle arises when, for example, they did not make way for you, or someone decided to slip through “maybe I’ll have time, he’s far away,” maybe someone didn’t finish the maneuver and you didn’t understand each other. Anything happens. Beginners get scared, slow down, more often they just fall at the exit from the turn for fear of not having time to slow down or slip through.

Gas is worth it if you are sure that you will have time. Let it be a second before, but you will be in time, it is better than head over heels with unsuccessful braking from a turn to fly into the sidewall of someone’s car.

Due to the sudden opening of the gas, the motorcycle quickly straightens, if you are ready for this, then your trajectory will become even and you can disperse the obstacle along a tangent.

Slow throttle opening widens the turning radius – gradually, this is due to the gradual alignment of the motorcycle to its normal position at increasing speed.

A sudden opening of the gas can lead to a wheelie, to a breakdown of the wheel, so that this does not happen, the gas should be opened smoothly. As a rule of thumb, the more power the motorcycle has, the smoother and smoother the throttle should be.

With regard to throttle handling in corners, it is useful to observe pro races. Over time, you will begin to visually recognize what kind of brake the pilot is using, how he changes gears, and when he adds throttle. To adopt the experience of professionals is the surest thing.

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