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Rubble 05-02-2007 05:49 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Not letting the sides of the bike touch the ground!


brianzx9r 05-02-2007 06:21 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Shift your weight, keep your head up and look through the corner, be smooth on the brakes and gas.....if that doesn't work go to Fast Freddie Spencers and learn how to ride.

teapotdome 05-02-2007 06:24 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Target fixation -- look where you WANT to go, not where you're afraid you'll end up.

Lean, and then lean some more -- most riders panic when they enter a turn too hot. Dial in a little more lean, even to the point of pressing your outside knee against the tank to push the bike into the turn.

Ride within your own helmet -- listening to your inner screaming school girl might help you avoid your own private Darwinism...

ejis 05-02-2007 06:27 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Trust your bike. It will (usually) be able to turn much faster than you are able to. If you get in too hot, look through the turn, lean the bike farther, and roll on the throttle (a little bit).

In my completely unscientific and unverifiable research, I'd say the most common mistakes in a corner are:

Target fixation - look where you want to go, not at what you want to avoid.

Impropper use of brakes/throttle - rolling on the throttle slightly raises the bike up on the suspesion giving you more cornering clearance and transfers weight to the rear tire, reducing the likelyhood of a front end slide.

Panicking - when many riders get in to a corner too fast or see something they're not expecting, a common reaction is to hit the brakes and stand the bike up.

Now I'm not an expert rider by any stretch of the imagination, but I did stay at a Hoilday Inn Express last night.

zenjim 05-02-2007 06:28 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
But my inner screaming school girl makes me listen to N'Sync, never gets off the phone and thinks that riding motorcycles is, like, so lame, ya know?

Buzglyd 05-02-2007 06:46 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Only ride in cornfields.

trenttheuncatchable 05-02-2007 07:04 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
For me entry speed is key. Which in turn means proper braking before I get to the turn. Lo and behold, that's what all the texts say, too: Brake properly *before* you start the turn. As I come into the turn, rolling on the throttle the proper amount is what makes turning a smooth process. Of course, if there's oil or gravel involved, all bets are off.

SRMark 05-02-2007 07:06 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Training wheels.

PrairieDog 05-02-2007 07:11 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
I'll keep it simple and sweet. There are 4 words that you need to learn and practice.

Those words are:

Slow - slow down to a proper entry speed.

Look - look into and through the turn.

Press - press the handgrip in the direction you want to go.

Roll - add some throttle to stabilize the bike.

Works just fine. Once you get them all working together, there is not a corner in the world you can ride safely!

Aero_Doc 05-02-2007 07:12 AM

Re: What is Your Secret to Good Cornering ?
Take a corner so that you subconsciously smile in a way only fellow MOs understand :) The conscious points I consider are:

1. How am I feeling today/now...tired-stressed etc

2. Can I see the apex and have I got the radius of the corner sussed.. ie increasing or decreasing? If I dont know I assume the worst (increasing radius)

3. What is the camber like on this corner... favourable or unfavourable?

I generally use these to get the entry speed and position into the corner, find the apex and look out of the corner as I apply smooth acceleration.... this probably makes me the slowest guy around :)

I recently did a 800km ride out into the country side - taking sweepers at a speed that initiated the above mentioned smile. Great lifestyle this....

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