- GO IN SLOW,
- MAINTAIN A CONSTANT SPEED AROUND THE BEND BALANCING THE MOTORCYCLE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF THROTTLE, AND
- ACCELERATE OUT. ( IS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO )
A motorcycle is most stable when it is travelling upright, in a straight line at a constant speed. To alter its direction i.e. in this case in order to go around a bend a directional force is applied. In otherwords you turn the handlebars. When you do this the grip on the front wheel increases and the speed of the motorcycle reduces slightly. To get around the bend you lean either left or right to maintain the stability of the motorcycle.
Remember that if you brake or accelerate when in a bend you lesson the grip on the tyres. If the grip on the tyres is lessened then the motorcycle will want to go straight. In otherwords on a left-hand bend it tends to drift towards the offside on the road and into the face of oncoming traffic. On right hand bends towards the kerb or hedge. I am sure we have all experienced this during our riding and have never known why this happens.
In order to maintain control, stability and clean underwear after CORNERING the following factors and measures can be applied.
APPROACHING A BEND
You must consider the following when you approach any bend :-
A) Speed of motorcycle on approach
B) Gear of motorcycle
C) Traffic on road, ahead as well as behind
D) View into and out of bend
E) Application of the ‘System’
F) Can the limit point be seen?
STABILITY IN THE BEND
On entering the bend you must be able to maintain the stability of the motorcycle, that is maintaining
control. To do this you must assess the curvature of the bend and maintain a constant speed. The engine
should be just pulling to compensate for the slight reduction in speed caused by the bending force. Look for
the limit point and as it goes away from you apply more power, if it is save to do so. You must always be able
to stop in the distance you see to be clear.
The secret of safe bending is:
- Control and
- Good assessment of a safe bending speed, which is within your own limits.
|In position for th right hand bend - No nearside DANGERS|
|The right hand bend leads onto a short striaght and then what appears to be a left. Have a look at the tree line in the distance.|
|Yes road goes left|
|Moving on - Still good postioning, good speed, IN CONTROL and now looking for information .... Road looks like it is going right in the distance - Tree Line|
|Yes it does|
|Could be going left after if the tree line to the right is correct|
|Yes it does|
|Rider staying on line too long. He had his view. Look where my motorcycle is in relation to his|