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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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  • Posted 2 years ago (22 February 2013 10:47)

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Here goes.....

Firstly, relax. Ride on your own for a while until you get more confident, there's nothing worse than peer pressure. It's like trying to piss with a tall bloke standing next to you.

Secondly, ride at YOUR pace. It's not compulsory to thrash everywhere.

Thirdly, DON'T over analyse and critique your ride. It may help you to give a running commentary inside your lid, so that you teach yourself to look further ahead and recognise what hazards you're coming up against a bit sooner. Give yourself time to react and set yourself up for a corner in good time.

Lastly, accept that you WILL balls the odd corner up. It' s normal and, in most cases, leads merely to a red face and the feeling that, yes, I am a tit. Learn from the mistakes. 

Enjoy yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Sorry, forgot to mention the latest impending health scandal. Forget horse meat in burgers, apparently wood flooring has lamb in it.......

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May 10

Posts: 19

aaustin2911 says:

PS - as Billys says -

Felt like a total twit especially when I arrived in the office and got the piss taken out of me by biker colleagues - But I learnt a good lesson from the incident- leave enough time to read the road and don't assume a familiar road will always handle the same in every condition.... and as for riding out in a pack - ignore it you will only overcook the situation trying to keep up with the racing numpty and end up hurt.....

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