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You Ask/You Answer: Problems with Cornering

"I'm a new rider and have a problem with cornering. I seem to stiffen up when cornering and do not have the confidence to lean - I keep thinking the bike will slip over or I'll completely lose the rear. This wasn't helped by an actual slide (but luckily I didn't come off!) when it was icy. This means that...

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Dec 12

Posts: 3

Gerards says:

Its Natural

As a new rider it is natural to feel uneasy about leaning the bike over at first. Our brain tells us we should be upright so its a bit of a defence mechanism. The secret is learning to relax and trust you will be fine because not relaxing makes the problem even worse. It sounds like you haven't been helped much with the weather conditions because to be fair even experienced riders don't relish riding in icy conditions. I think a day spent at somewhere like the Ron Haslam Race School in better conditions might help you feel safer and understand the lean potential a bike really has. Oh I forgot to mention, you should make sure your bike is OK too. Check the tyres, wheel alligment etc as a problem here might be an issue for you too.

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Jun 11

Posts: 22

ewanhind says:

You need to regain/improve your confidence in the bike's ability. The best way to do this would be at a track-based training day (NOT a regular track day) where you can gradually explore the bike's limits in a safe, controlled environment, with expert guidance, and will learn what your bike and the tyres are capable of. Once you see how far below the 'limit' the bike is operating on the road, you will naturally feel able to increase your corner speed and lean angle. Once you have confidence, the relaxation will come naturally. Another tip: after every corner, consciously relax yourself: roll your shoulders, bend your arms, take a deep breath, that way you won't compound your tension and will approach each corner newly relaxed.

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Feb 13

Posts: 20

AcurateBob says:

What he said...

The thing I have go through my mind is that if "i take care of my bike, it will take care of  me". As long as I trust my bike to go around the corners I usually wont have an issure with cornering, if you trust yourself to hold onto the bike so it can do its job, then you will gradually lean a little more each time until you know thats it.

As Gerards said, get yourself into an riding school, check your tyres, check throttle control too, (as you may lose the rear if a sudden change of accelleration is used mid corner, or too heavy brakes to the front, all this comes back to is my saying " IF I take care of my bike, it WILL take care of me"

I ride in all waether, with having no car, so I know the feeling of winter ice build up, bruised for it too, especially in the first year, but dont let this get in the way of your riding, beat this then laugh at it!

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Dec 09

Posts: 2492

supermario says:

Park it...


...and get a car.

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Mar 07

Posts: 276

Go out with some biker mates

Preferable with more experience and confidence than you. Follow them, understand counter steering and use it. Also, look at the vanishing point (google it as i cant explain it - just know it!). Its a brilliant tool for fast riding on unfamiliar roads and learn to trust your tyres. If their decent, they'll out grip your confidence everyday of the week, unless its icy ;0) Good luck bud.

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Feb 11

Posts: 124

IsraelsRSV says:

building up

Start by leaning just your head out over the corner, and of course look where you want to go, not at where you think your going. You'd be amazed just how much traction you have in most weather conditions. And in the dry a bike can go round corners faster than you can, so the confidence just grows and grows,,, until your John McGuiness (only kiddin, their is only 1 John McGuiness)

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Jan 11

Posts: 8441

snev says:

This hurts to say but...

SuperMario is correct. Give it up it aint for you.

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Sep 10

Posts: 30

Histy says:


Get yourself on an advanced riding course and get some personal coaching to boost your confidence its worth spending £130 or so, its going to be a fun time and also benefit you forever. Why weight when you could be cornering like a dream tomorrow. Chris - KK Rider Training - KK Rider Training

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May 04

Posts: 16

sniper100 says:


You need to go back to basics, you have scared yourself to the degree you are fearful of the bike and coming off. You need to do some motocross, even those tiny minibikes, that go round a mini indoor circuit and trust me they are amazing fun, you can kneedown and slide without the high speeds that hurt you or the bike, I did it and must have fell off thirty times without so much as a scratch or a sprain, move onto something like motocross, small engined bikes at first will help. You will learn bike control and at the same time build confidence in your own and the bikes ability. You need to feel what the bike is doing. Above all you need to learn to relax again. That will come with confidence. Then when you feel happier book a trackday, go into novice group seek the instructors explain what has happened, tell them the truth no-one will think less of you trust me. Most novices that ask for help get more admiration than the loon who thinks they are fast. I have seen riders being taught that were very very slow going round the track. You are not alone. Babysteps again but sometimes we all have to go back before we can go forward. Rather that than you give up as it will bug you your whole life. Good Luck my friend...

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Feb 13

Posts: 3

bertieboy20 says:

Buy a Harley Davidson then you won't be tempted to thrash the bike round corners.Probably save your life as well.

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