Advanced motorcycle riding course

Cornering


Reading Bends

How to assess the severity of the next bend (or even the one after that) as you are approaching

Vanishing points

or "limit point" as it's sometimes known is probably the most useful visual clue to the bend, Do you want to know how to extend that vanishing point ?

Approach speed

Selecting the speed on approach is key. Slow in, fast out. . but how slow is slow and how fast is fast ? what about wet weather cornering ?

Lines

No, not the painted ones (they're slippy) but the correct position in the road, and at what point and under what circumstances you change that position

Gear selection

it's all about control and setting up for the corner. More important on larger capacity machines

Control and smoothness

To have control in a bend it needs controlled smoothness. Even at low speed a motorcycle will become unstable in a corner if control input is not smooth.

Counter steering

The direction control! Widely misunderstood, hopelessly explained by most, yet itís probably the most useful technique in advanced road riders arsenal.

Progression

When and how to dial in the power through the corner.

"Sorry mate didn't see ya"

That's not a lot of help when they have just pulled out in front of you, and no it has nothing to do with wearing a hi-viz jacket. Wouldn't it be nice if you knew what other road users where going to do in well in advance. Reading bends is one thing, but mind reading is even more fun. (and it's not a magic trick)

Roundabouts


straight lining techniques

Often seen, but is it safe ?

Approach methods

Exactly how you line up the roundabout, speeds, gears and position

Checks

Do you know exactly what to check for, in which order the checks are done, which ones you can miss out and when ?

Timing concepts and stability

Get it right and you are through the roundabout in no time, but get it wrong. . . diesel, gravel, that car behind the bus may just upset your day.

Overtaking


Where, when and how

If you are waiting for a clear road to drop a gear take off at high speed, you have probably already missed several overtake opportunities. This is a motorbike, you are riding, not a double deck bus you are driving. Best of all, overtaking on a motorbike has little to do with using a lot of speed.

Filtering


yes filtering through traffic is legal

There are some rules (what else would you expect), but knowing where, when and how to filter is very useful, but knowing when someone is about to do something daft in that queue of traffic is vital.

Abort


What to do when things go a little wrong

Sorting out the bend you went into a little to hot, swerving around the kid that ran out from between the cars, and stopping quickly and under full control. Sounds obvious, but have you got those techniques correct and ready for deployment by reflex rather than thinking.

The wet


How to deal with wet slippery roads.

It rains, the road gets wet (followed by your hands and crotch), but we still need to ride. what else do we need to consider?

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We have covered an awful lot above, and not everything can be covered in enough depth in a single day. So if there are specific aspects you want to improve, make sure we know what they are.

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