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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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bird1050

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bird1050 says:

if you keep tensing up you will defenitly fall off. as you are not looking where you are going .

your confidance will come slowly dont try to hard, when the weather gets better and the sun comes out ( hopefully) the roads are dry and warm thats the time to be more adventures.

Remember you are in control of the bike not the bike in control of you

If you are still afraid then go on an advanced coarse with expert tuition.

good luck and enjoy your bike

 

 

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superbol

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superbol says:

Buy sticky race type tyres

They might be more expensive but they`l give you loads of confidence OH  and make sure you get the tyre pressures spot on !

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GFYALL

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GFYALL says:

Don't give up

Every single new rider with any brains (those without don't survive long) is prudent as to cornering limits, especially in winter. Forget the rubbish about slick tyres - last thing in the world you want in rainy England. Forget the utter rubbish about looking where you go - Counter-steering the handlebars steers the bike, nothing else. Forget body english and other cr@p as a beginner - no leg out necessary. Push on the right bar to turn right, push on the left bar to turn left, there's nothing much else to do. Look at http://www.msgroup.org for countless explanations and forum answers and tips for everyone new to biking. You are not alone, it's great that you are cautious and good luck and enjoy learning. Just beware that most people on MCN like SNEV (aka common as muck or SNOT) are complete morons. Taking bad advice will get you killed.

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snev

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snev says:

GFYALL SAYS......

"just beware that most people on MCN  like Snev ( aka common as muck or SNOT) are complete morons."....... you missed out the"Cunt" this time.

 

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GFYALL

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GFYALL says:

SNEV SAYS

SNEV is a cunt. On second thoughts that's doing cunts a disservice. Many of us have had a lot of pleasure with cunts, unlike when reading SNEV.

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snev

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snev says:

thanks mate

I'm touched by your kind words . We must catch up sometime , just make sure you polish your HiViz helmet so that I can recognise you.:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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Room101

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Room101 says:

get some training

I think a few things need to be learnt two different ways. The first is to understand how a motorcycle functions as a machine, you can do this by buying books like ‘a twist of the wrist’ or listening to instruction on a track day. For example. the fact you are slowing down ridiculously on a corner only makes the matters worse as you should be applying slight power to the rear wheel to compensate for the power naturally lost when a bike goes around a corner. The second thing that needs to be learnt is how to apply the practice of going around a corner on the actual road (with its camber, limited visibility, micro-climates, oncoming vehicles etc.) that CANT be learnt on a trackday (i.e. using the visual limit-point for speed in and out of a corner, reading the corner using hedgerows etc, being in the correct position on the corner for best visibility and least machine loading) for this you really need to join the IAM or Rospa. I know the IAM quite often do free assessed rides, and the Police do paid assessed rides and workshops with the Bikesafe scheme. On either you will learn more in an hour being observed and getting feedback, than you can riding months or maybe even years ‘practicing’ on the road. Riding great corners is the #1 best thing about biking, it would be nuts not to learn how to do them well.

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snev

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snev says:

hmmmmmmmmmmm.....

I see a pattern here. Bring on the RcRaven.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

@ snev -

A full 21 laughing smiley salute? Wow!

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aaustin2911

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aaustin2911 says:

Dont Panic - Anyone can come off in cornering

Don't give up - just get practice and read some books / instruction as suggested

10 years on bike from 50cc to 1043cc Kawk 1000 - and on saturday in my street 20 feet down the road and bang first corner on its side - patch of oil I did not spot or cold tyres - still not sure which. Cracked ribs and blooded knee will heal -  Just pick yourself up and keep on biking otheriwse you will just lose all confidance.

Would also suggest an airbag jacket or top - mine blew and saved my helmet, neck and spine from even noticing the fall - And remember the crash bungs - total bike damage 1 wing mirror and some worn Evotech bungs (engine and swing arm)

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