HOW TO TAKE A TURN ON A MOTORCYCLE – If you are riding a motorcycle for the first few months, going into a turn can be intimidating. Even riders with many years of experience agree that turning is a skill motorcycle riders improve on as long as they ride. With a bit of regular practice, you will soon be negotiating even sharp turns like a pro.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO TAKE A TURN ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE
PRO-STEERING- pro steering involves turning the handlebar of your motorcycle in the direction you want to go at a low speed. In pro-steering, you are actually turning the wheel via the handlebar. Sometimes, you can feel locked down on your motorcycle handlebar and find it difficult to turn.
This can happen because your left arm is fighting your right arm. But you can break this feedback loop by telling one of your arms to relax completely. You can just say, “relax right arm” the left arm is going to do all the work. It s better for the right arm to relax because that will make the throttle easier to manage.
COUNTERWEIGHTING- Counterweighting involves moving in the seat of your motorcycle. In essence, you are countering the weight of your motorcycle. In counterweighting, your upper body will go towards the outside of the turn. If you want to turn to the right at low speed, then your upper body moves to the left, that’s counterweighting.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE TAKING A TURN
- JUDGE THE TURN WHILE YOU ARE FAR AWAY Once you know you are about to take a turn in advance, you will be better able to navigate this turn on the road. Sharper turns usually have a vanishing point where you can’t see any further in the turn.
When approaching this kind of turn, you need to prepare for anything. Also, you need to gauge the angle of the turn so that when you reach it, turning will be as easy as A, B, C.
As a negotiate a turn, scope out as much as possible. Also, keep your eyes on the oncoming road, and if possible, peer through the foliage and obstacles so you can have a better idea of what’s on the other turn. Also, be careful that when you are straining your eyes to see through the foliage, you don’t lose sight of what its right in front of your eyes.
- REDUCE YOUR SPEED AS YOU APPROACH YOUR TURN – As you approach the turn, reduce your speed and apply the brake gently if necessary. Make sure you are riding at the recommended speed for the turn, or ride a slow as you feel comfortable.
If you have reached the turn more quickly than you expected, you need to apply both the front and rear brakes to slow down the motorcycle for the turn.
How can you become an expert in making speed turns and maneuvers? The answer is PRACTICE! Find a wide-open space and practice pro-steering and counter weighting until you become a pro.