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Rails versus motorcycle or how to cross train tracks correctly

Motorcyclists with no tram lines in their cities are by definition happier than others. Because they don’t have such annoying factors as metal sprinkles across the city. Such motorcyclists are even forgiven by the traffic police when they violate the rules for rebuilding in cities with tram tracks, because in their hometown there is practically no practice of rebuilding with tracks.

Why are tram and railroad crossings dangerous?

First, the rails are the unevenness of the road surface. Overhanging paths are a threat if you run into them tangentially, the front wheel hits the side and possibly twists the fork sideways, and behind it can knock the handlebars out of your hands, tilt the motorcycle, or simply contribute to the loss of balance.

Secondly, the metal of the rail is not just slippery, it is worse than ice! When hitting the rails, the rubber slips corny. Therefore, if you run over the rails, be prepared for what will lead you to the side, wheel drift, slippage … whatever, all options with loss of traction can happen in a split second!

Thirdly, at the level crossings, usually by rail, there are board ascents and descents to the level crossing itself. When you are driving through a level crossing, the boards are skewed due to the imbalance in the load from the oncoming car. And it would be fine, they just looked askance, but no, it happens that this or that board rises up under the weight of an oncoming car. It always happens unexpectedly, it is especially unpleasant when it is lifted under the wheel or into the wheel.

How to run over the rails correctly?

We have already mentioned the insidious boards that are capable of suddenly throwing a kick. Therefore, the first thing we will consider before moving is the boards. If possible, pay attention to whether they are loose, do the boards move under the wheels of the cars in front? Yes, the car has a different weight, but loose boards will be noticeable. After the car has passed, they will jump. Try to calculate your travel so that there are no heavy vehicles at the meeting. So you are calmer, and in the case of a torn off board, there will be no strong advantage.


Never drive tangentially to the train tracks! Never. Only at right angles, perpendicular, straight, no bends, maneuvers and side races. It will not work out unnoticed along the rails, but to fall effectively and noisily is always welcome. Since the rails are quite insidious unevenness for our apparatus, sensitive to changes in the balance, then the trajectory should be chosen wisely.


Remember yes, we always move only at right angles. The second indisputable truth: at the time of the crossing, there should be only one wheel on the rails. The bottom line is that if you rebuild and at some point both wheels hit the rail, then there is no more clutch, as well as the hope of finding balance in this second and the motorcycle immediately falls flat. When you cross the rails, first with the front wheel, then with the rear, you still have at least one point of adhesion of the tire to the road. When you follow the rule of right-angle driving, you have to work out how to put both wheels on the rail at the same time. But if you are rearranging tangentially, such a situation may well happen.

Remember rail metal is damn slippery!


There are also naive first-seasons who believe that they will easily and simply jump over the rails with a swoop. No matter how it is! Remembering our own suspension, about how it is loaded and unloaded when accelerating. Ideally, of course, cross the railroad tracks at a moderate first gear speed and on your own feet, so as not to let the wheels slip and completely control the process. In this case, you can even twist the trigger a little so that the front wheel easily overcomes the obstacle, transferring the weight to the rear suspension, but not to explode with a dashing wheelie. Your task is to help the motorcycle cross the paths and not lose precious balance.

When you are not helping the bike with its feet, for example, just coasting, then try to balance with standing up on the footpegs. In other words: load the suspension wisely by unloading the front before it enters the rail. It is enough for you to stand up so that the front wheel slips through the rail more calmly, without tension, and when you are already leaving the crossing, you can lean a little on the steering wheel to relieve pressure on the rear.

Do not forget that your body actively balances the bike when passing any bumps in the road.

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