faffi Posted October 9, 2010 Report Share Posted October 9, 2010 I followed a Honda Africa Twin through a series of switchbacks today. I kept a prudent distance while trying to mimic his exact pace. It wasn't all that much fun. The rider on the adventure bike had a body posture similar to mine; bolt upright, not moving around. He also kept a virtually steady speed into and out of every corner. This is were the discomfort came into play for me. I had to use a lot of lean, throwing sparks more often than not. He didn't touch down anything what I could see, although pegs didn't have much air underneath them. Naturally, a very high CoG and narrow tyres will have reduced his need for leaning over, but I was still amazed how quickly his bike could corner. But the constant speed made it really hard for me to relax. No, who am I kidding - I failed to relaxe for most of the section and never got beyond not being tense. You see, during sporty riding I prefer to sit on the front brake until I can see where the road goes. Always used to rely on trail braking because it feels comforting and natural. It dawned on me today, while following the A-T rider, why; it loads the front tyre and suspension and gives perfect feel from the front brake. If something appears around the corner, this could save my life. Even going at the same speed, having the brakes already on will dramatically reduce stopping distance. So around a corner, I prefer to either be braking or accelerating. Riding at a steady pace is really, really nerve-wrecking for me. If I had braked into the corners and accelerated out of them today, I could have ridden quicker, safer and far more relaxed. Then we come to the question; what do you consider to be the preferable way to ride on the road - steady pace or slow(ing) in and accelerating out? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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