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 Post subject: Good Cornering Tips Video
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:07 pm 
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Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
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Country: Canada
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New riders (and maybe even some not so new) may find this video very useful to learn to ride confidently and safely around corners.

The video covers pretty much the same techniques I use when riding at "brisk" speeds on twisty roads. The part about looking as far ahead as possible at all times and particularly reading the bend by watching the "vanishing point" or the point where the road disappears from your field of vision is critical to safe riding at speed around corners. When looking at the vanishing point of a curve you are typically looking across the roadway at an angle rather than straight up the road as when travelling on a straight piece of road.

If the vanishing point of the road appears to be moving up in your field of vision, the bend is opening up, and if it moves down, the bend is getting tighter. These are important advance warnings about what you should be doing with your bike speed that make it easy to stay ahead of the bike and maintain your safety margins.

Another important cornering clue is the apparent width of the vanishing point of the road. If your view of the lane tapers down to a point, the curve is reverse cambered because the line from your eye goes straight through the near and far edges of your lane. You will need more apparent lean angle on reverse cambered curves so lower speed is advisable. If the lane appears to be wide where it disappears from view, that indicates positive banking that will require minimal effective lean angle to get around, and will make the corner easier.

The third key thing about the vanishing point in a bend is that you should ALWAYS be able to stop your bike BEFORE you get there. IF you can't get stopped on the road you can see, you are committing yourself to riding on road you can't see yet, where there may be a stalled truck, an oil spill, or some other hazard you can't ride through. So you always need to be judging the distance to the vanishing point from your position . If its getting closer, you may need to be slowing down even if the curve is not that tight.

Keeping your eye on the vanishing point will also give you the earliest possible warning of bad road surfaces or other hazards. If you see ANYTHING that is at all worrying you need to reduce speed and check it out as it gets closer. Nothing can sneak up on you when you keep your eyes on the vanishing point.

Any questions?

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