How to handle a tricky corner

How to handle a tricky corner

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      Handling a tricky corner on a motorcycle can be challenging, especially if it is a tight, sharp turn or if the road surface is uneven or slippery. It is important to approach these types of corners with caution and to use proper techniques to ensure a safe and controlled ride. Here are some more detailed tips to help you navigate a tricky corner safely:

  1. Slow down before entering the corner. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a tricky corner is to slow down before you get to it. Maintaining a slower speed will give you more time to react and make adjustments as needed, and it will also reduce the risk of losing control or crashing. You should always try to enter a corner at a speed that is appropriate for the conditions and your skill level.

  2. Look through the turn. Rather than focusing on the inside of the turn, try to look as far through the corner as possible. This will help you to anticipate any hazards or obstacles that may be coming up, such as potholes, gravel, or debris. By looking through the turn, you can also get a sense of the lay of the land and the overall shape and direction of the corner. This will help you to plan your line and choose the best path through the turn.

  3. Shift your weight properly. To help the bike turn smoothly and maintain traction, it is important to shift your weight to the inside of the turn. You can do this by slightly leaning your body or by using your legs to push against the outside of the seat. This will help to transfer weight to the inside of the turn and keep the bike balanced and stable. It is important to avoid leaning too far to one side or the other, as this can cause the bike to become unstable and lose traction.

  4. Use the correct body position. In addition to shifting your weight properly, it is also important to use the correct body position to help the bike turn smoothly and maintain stability. Keep your upper body relaxed and your eyes looking through the turn. Avoid leaning too far forward or backward, as this can disrupt the balance of the bike. Instead, try to maintain a neutral body position with your head and chest upright and your arms relaxed.

  5. Use the proper technique for the type of turn. There are two main techniques for turning on a motorcycle: the "apex" technique and the "counter-steering" technique. The apex technique is used for sharp, tight turns and involves using the inside of the turn as a pivot point and sliding the bike through the turn. To use this technique, you will need to lean the bike and your body into the turn and use the handlebars to steer the bike through the apex. The counter-steering technique is used for long, sweeping turns and involves lightly pushing on the handlebars in the opposite direction of the turn to initiate the turn. To use this technique, you will need to push on the handlebars in the direction you want to go and then lean your body and the bike in the same direction.

  6. Use the brakes and throttle appropriately. When navigating a tricky corner, it is important to use the brakes and throttle appropriately to maintain control and stability. Avoid using the brakes while in the middle of a turn, as this can cause the bike to lose traction and become unstable. Instead, brake before entering the turn and use the throttle to control your speed as you exit the turn. When using the throttle, be sure to apply it smoothly and gradually to avoid causing the bike to become unbalanced or lose traction.

      By following these tips and practicing proper technique, you should be able to navigate even the trickiest of corners safely and confidently. It is important to remember that cornering is a complex and dynamic activity, and it requires a high level of skill and attention. Always ride within your limits and prioritize safety when negotiating tricky corners.

      Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind:

  • Choose the right line: When approaching a tricky corner, it is important to choose the right line, or path, through the turn. This may involve taking a wider or more gradual line through the corner to allow for more time and space to navigate the turn. It may also involve avoiding any hazards or obstacles that may be present in the turn.

  • Use your body language: Your body language and posture can play a significant role in how the bike handles in a corner. Use your body and your movements to communicate your intentions to the bike and to help keep it balanced and stable.

  • Check your mirrors: Before entering a corner, be sure to check your mirrors to ensure that you are aware of any other vehicles or hazards that may be present. This will help you to plan your line and adjust your speed accordingly.

  • Stay relaxed: It is important to stay relaxed and focused when navigating a tricky corner. Avoid tensing up or gripping the handlebars too tightly, as this can cause the bike to become unstable and difficult to control.

  • Practice, practice, practice: As with any motorcycle skill, the more you practice, the better you will become. Find a safe, open area to practice cornering techniques, and gradually increase your speed and complexity as you become more comfortable and confident.

      By following these tips and practicing proper technique, you should be able to navigate tricky corners safely and confidently. Always remember to prioritize safety and ride within your limits.

 

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