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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: 12

Rotherider says:

We were all learners once!

We were all learners once and it's all about confidence.  Just find somewhere safe to practice, slowly at first then increasing your speed as you gain trust and belief in yourself and your machine.  After all, it's all part of the fun of learning to ride and soon it will become second nature.  Like riding a bike.  (No pun intended). 

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Dec 10

Posts: 12025

preunit says:

Who the fcuks

Sarah :unsure:

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Aug 10

Posts: 57

sar02 says:

Its all down to experience and you will only get that by going out on your bike and enjoy yourself, everyone is nervous when they first get a motorcycle, having an engine instead of pedals, having to remember to pull the clutch as you stop, just being on the road with all the cars surrounding you, taking bends will be easier a couple of months down the road, enjoy.

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Feb 13

Posts: 3

Netpix says:

One does not simply

give a heck about what bikerpete51 said. You just have to keep practicing and gain confidence little by little. Myself, just like you, am a novice who wants to turn better and faster. If this is the way some people want to invite new riders then the motorcycle world is doomed.

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Feb 11

Posts: 17

Making progress...

The limit of grip changes often on any public road route. But understanding your bike's limits on track will not only help you improve your cornering technique, it will also help you recognise how your bike feels when you ride closer to the limits of adhesion. My advice? Book some on-track tuition. That way you'll be able to discover the capabilities of your bike, safely. Being able to recognise when you have grip to spare, and knowing if you are going too fast on the road will help make you a better, more confident rider. Plus, you'll have a great time, too!

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Jun 08

Posts: 137

Ridefree says:

More training to get your approach position, gear, speed, braking, and exit sorted. Brake before the corner. Try corners much too slow first to analyse what is going on and what you have to sort out.

Anyway, congratulations, you have already developed the first skill that motorcycling requires - survival by not taking corners too fast!

One tip that always works for me - depress your elbow towards the centre of the bend, that makes sure that your arms are bent, not locked straight, and gives a bit of countersteer without having to think about it. Bit like elbow down instead of knee down. Let us know if that works.

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May 09

Posts: 7

squidgey says:

plan ahead

It's a common problem, I know I had it at first. Riding round town was never a problem as I was commuting across london every day, but as soon as I started going out into the twisties I didn't have a clue. I can heartily recommend getting some advanced training. I went the IAM route and it paid dividends. You'll learn how to set up for the corner earlier, with appropriate speed and gearing so that when you come to take it everything comes together in a completely unhurried fashion and is nice and smooth (and safer to boot!). Once all the basics are covered and it becomes second nature you can start to work on your speed. My local group also runs a course called Look, Lean and Roll where you spend a day riding round cones at ridiculous lean angles at relatively low speeds. It's amazing how much confidence this exercise gives you in both your ability and that of the bike. In the meantime, go in slower (you will come out faster!), look where you want to go, push on the correct bar (right to go right, left to go left) and gently roll on the throttle as the view through the corner opens up.

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Oct 11

Posts: 34

Typhon219 says:

practice, practice & practice

Ignore the idiots who tell you to quit, that attitude is going to help kill off our hobby. plus I'll bet they were not born with the ability to corner well.

I'd reccomend some time training with an instructor, read Twist of the Wrist and put in as many miles in as you can, especially when it's quiet like early in the morning. Also stick to a few routes you know well at first until you build on your control. I struggled with cornering when I first passed but it's gets easier with time.

Another thing to consider is your bike. the suspension on my old FZS was far too old and soft to feel planted in a bend, as soon as I got on something better I felt more confident. maybe some new fork oil and refreshing the rear shock(s) will help.

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Aug 12

Posts: 13

psychoSam says:


My friend had to give up riding after falling off too many times despite having lots of training she walks with sticks now xxx

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Jan 11

Posts: 8441

snev says:

typhon219.... born?

I used to lay there with my eyes shut going gaga poo and it wasn't untill I was about 15 that I learnt how to corner... Now I'm A Riding GOD. Hey psycoSam ..Reckon you told him who the "Idiot" is...

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