Riders entering the ranks of motorcyclists often face a bewildering cascade of unique terms – and that’s before we consider the alphabet soup of motorcycle names. Perhaps no motorcycling descriptor confuses neophytes more than “friction zone.” However, new riders will never be able to smoothly pull away from a stop without a proper understanding of what the friction zone represents and how to use it correctly.
As solitary as the act of motorcycling is, we, collectively, seem to have a compulsion to hang out with other motorcyclists even when we just bump in to them on the road. Wherever I am, whether on a bike or not, I will generally end up talking with – or at the very least acknowledging – other riders I encounter. If I’m on a bike and I have the time, I’ve even ended up spending hours riding with complete strangers.