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The basics of cornering. Part one

Any movement on a motorcycle involves maneuvering. And maneuvering is about avoiding obstacles and, of course, cornering. The experience of a motorcyclist, whether it is a circuit racing pilot, a professional cross / endurist or a first-season driver, who fearfully smokes in the back row on an old scooter or a Chinese bought with a fight, is determined … there is not the high cost of equipment and not even experience from the moment of obtaining the license, but efficiency braking and accurate cornering.

Why is it important to get into turns correctly?

Urban riders’ disregard for basic handling techniques is sometimes discouraging. Many consider the base elementary from the category “it should be easy” and do not engage in gaining experience, naively relying on improvisation, forgetting about how people get lost in emergency situations. Many people think that it is only necessary to train the passage with the hanging of the pelvis, the so-called “under the knee”, like real racers of professional tracks. But in fact, you need to train any maneuvering and especially cornering.

In heavy traffic, mistakes at the moment of a turn threaten not just a fall or a slippery one. You are not alone in the city, so your fall affects everyone. How many accidents have taken the lives of motorcyclists because of the turns is simply scary. The situation is complicated by collisions after the fall. If you poorly selected the trajectory, speed or violated traffic rules, then you automatically put yourself at risk and got a situation from which you need to get out of it as quickly as possible. Your maneuver will be used by other drivers to build the route. A common misfortune when motorists do not notice or do not understand where the motorcycle is heading, what is the distance and speed to it?

Urban turning method – rolling in

The most common and sure-fire way of city driving. I just call it coasting. The meaning of the method is that the speed correction ended before entering the turn. You go through the maneuver at a constant speed, on closed / even gas. You actually roll into a turn on a pre-selected trajectory. The main task is to slow down to a commensurate geometry of the turn and personal experience. Braking at the moment of maneuvering leads to errors and wheel breakdown, but if you are an experienced motorcyclist, you can connect the capabilities of the TraiL Braking method (Trail and Trail Braking on a motorcycle, how to understand and use this?).

Newbie mistakes

  • Speed ​​too fast or too slow
  • Trajectory alignment inside the corner, steering
  • Motorcycle tilt
  • Looping around the entry point or apex

Speed ​​and incline

If the speed of the motorcycle is too high, then inside the turn you have to increase the slope, because the motorcycle does not have time to turn, when it is not about a long, even radius of the road, but about an acute angle into which you need to enter. At high speed, smooth long arcs are convenient, but not sharp corners, especially when you have passed the moment of entry.

At low speeds, the motorcycle simply collapses due to the force of gravity. We remember that speed levels the motorcycle, lifts it to a vertical position. The motorcycle turns inward. Thanks to the slope, we turn. When the tilt of the motorcycle is great, and the speed is low, nothing gives it the opportunity to maintain balance and move on, you just fall into the corner and roll head over heels under the whistle of your comrades and exclamations of “this is a fiasco, brother.”

The speed and incline of a motorcycle always go side by side, in fact they are really interdependent indicators.

Trajectory alignment inside the corner, steering

It so happens, when initially you did not have the opportunity to take the desired position for a turn, when you could not enter it at the time or simply made a mistake with the construction of the trajectory, all sorts of unexpected obstacles on the road are added to the same list.

You start maneuvering in a turn, changing trajectory, looking for a different position. When your tilt is large enough, you run the risk of stalling the wheel from such gestures. The bike may not have time to balance, the grip of the tire is already tiny. The faster your cornering speed, the less you steer with the front wheel. At higher speeds, it is better to earn money with the body and tilt.

Beginner riders forget that a motorcycle takes up much more space in a corner than in a straight line. Because of this, troubles happen.

Looping around the entry point or apex

First, remember that the apex is the apex of the turn, the part that you go around, in the most primitive language.

Secondly, we get out of the bins the phrase “where I look, I go there.”

Indeed, this is a common mistake, beginners often look at what they want to go around, instead of where they would like to go and, as a result, do not fit into the turn or do not see what is behind the apex, do not have time to trivially take a good position, then twitch inside turning to get out of it beautifully.

Experienced motorcyclists experience looping on closed corners when it is not clear what trajectory to set. They try to see what is behind the apex, instead of reducing the speed even more (after all, at low speeds it is easier to maneuver), as a result, they fly into the turn and do not have time to correct the trajectory, because they are too close to the apex, and the turn suddenly turns out too harsh.

It initially seems that everything is simple. But it’s better to take the time to understand the motorcycle’s cornering behavior and understand how to work with them, so as not to find yourself in an awkward situation, frantically looking for a way out.

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