CORNERING TECHNIQUES: WHY THROTTLE CONTROL IS IMPORTANT?

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Having a smooth ride, especially riding through bends effortlessly, on your motorbike involves a lot of straight road riding and cornering techniques, and it is the mastery of these techniques that will make you better than the next rider. Some of these techniques that encompass the many aspects of riding include movements from side to side, steering inputs, gear shifts, brake application and most importantly throttle control. One problem that most riders face is the wrong application of the throttle while making a turn at a sharp bend. Most riders find it hard to make a smooth transitioning from off-throttle to on-throttle and this poor throttle control affects the rider.

As a rider, your cornering control is highly dependent on your cornering techniques, and this is evident in the timing and processing with which you roll on and off the throttle. While making a corner, it is best to keep an equal distribution of weight on the tires. Even for a bike that is moving in a straight motion, rolling on the throttle will shift the weight into the rear wheel while rolling off the throttle will move the weight towards the front. For you to keep the traction throughout the cornering process, it would be best to maintain weight distribution when leaned over.

While a bike is in the middle of the cornering process, you should remember that almost 100 percent of the tires will be in traction. At this point, no part of the tire is available for acceleration. Trying to create acceleration without first reducing the cornering force (which is by lifting the bike from maximum lean) can increase the chance of having a crash. The crash occurs because when acceleration is initiated the tires will be unable to handle the combined forces of acceleration and cornering. But if you can smoothly open the throttle for just a fraction, you can begin your acceleration when the bike is more leaned over.

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It’s worthy however to note that controlling the bike during cornering can be dependent on the rider’s experience. An inexperienced rider will apply the throttle abruptly while a rider with some degree of expertise might become overanxious and apply too much throttle while making a corner.

Conclusively, to maintain traction and facilitate a smooth cornering process, it is necessary to ensure that both the throttle input and braking system occur as smoothly as possible and the throttle is applied with ease over some time. Undeniably, this will take some practice and a small understanding of how your fingers work; however, discovering the technique that works for you and flowing with it is of great essence.

Have a great ride!