David in Devon Posted March 20, 2012 Report Share Posted March 20, 2012 Hi folks Exiting a corner I am more than happy with. Totally confident, no problems and as smooth as can be. Mid corner I get a bit apprehensive. I get to ride 'round northern Spain on my Triumph Sprint ST a few times a year and those corners seem to go on and on. Some do tighten up but I do have the gas on. But at times am reluctant to open the throttle as I should because I can't see your way out of the corner. I have a habit of looking closer to the bike, just to check that there is no rubbish on the road - go where you look... I was out in Spain once with 3 lads who would charge into blind corners, not knowing what was 40 yards in front of them. I didn't want to be the one piling into the back of the mess. Entering into a corner is not really any bother. I go in slower than most, I plan my reference points and use them. Brakes and gear changes, body position, turn etc. I sorta imagine a line painted on the tarmac which dictates my line and am very aware of 'ride the corner that you see' rather than the one I think is there. My body position is OK. I lock in the outside knee, I lead with my chin (a bit more than kissing the mirror) and turn my shoulders into the turn. Bum back, relaxed on the bars. Mentally, I am sorta anticipating the corner to get 'really tight' and for me to be 'really too fast' and therefore running out of road. Experience tells me that dropping a bike can be expensive, painful or both. That line I imagine disappears when I glance down and there isn't really the time to find a new one because my 10 bucks have gone. As the corner opens up and I can see my exit then I start to gas it and move on out. As the mid section of the corner becomes the exit, I'm saying "I could have done that better/faster" and am now becoming fast on the straights and slower in the corners. The same thing can happen in roundabouts where I hesitate with the gas and don't really lean into the corner enough. Hazardous things, here in England. Other road users and the odd patch of diesel. So the question is, "where is it starting to go wrong?' Have I answered my own question? Corners are becoming clunky. All advice is gratefully received David Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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