How to Corner on a Motorcycle for BEGINNERS

How to Corner on a Motorcycle for BEGINNERS

Welcome everyone to Speed & Noise, Today I’m out on Thunderhill raceway, and
since it is the beginning of the season, todays lesson will start with a short refresher on
the basics of cornering, and finish with something which I need to work on myself, which is smooth
movement on the bike. So lets start from the beginning and work
our way through a corner. Where we have entering a corner, mid corner
& exiting the corner. When entering a corner the first thing you
need to do is set your self up for the corner, which means positioning your: Feet
Your legs Butt
Arms Hands
Shoulders Head
Eyes Your feet needs to be positioned in a way
so that: Your inside foot does not get caught underneath
the bike, and Your outside foot provides stability for your
entire body For the inside foot, some trainers promote
standing on the balls of your feet and pointing your toe outwards, others say that this is
bad because your foot can easily fall of the peg, and thus you food ram the side of your
foot towards the inside of the peg Either case, your inside foot needs to be
positioned in a way so that you can bend your knee outwards and also pull it in , and not
have your foot being caught under the bike If you can do that, then your foot is in the
right spot Next up is your legs:
Your outside leg needs to be firmly pressed against the tank, this is because it tougher
with your outside foot, is what should be holding your entire body up
Your inside leg should be able to swivel freely towards the ground & back to the bike, this
way you can use your knee puck to gauge how far you are leaned over A simple way to know if your outside leg is
positioned correctly is to see if you can lift your hands of the handle bars in the
turn. If you can not lift your hands of the handlebars
in the middle of a turn, your outside leg is not supporting you enough. Then we get to the butt:
Some trainers promote hanging out with a quarter cheek, others say you should have one entire
cheek out from the bike, in any event your butt needs to slide out towards the inside
of the turn Remember: your butt is another point of contact
with the bike, so only hang it out as much so that you can still release the handlebars
at any time during a turn For your arms: Your outside arm should be
laying relaxed on top of the tank, and your inside arm should have your elbow pointed
towards the ground Both your arms must be relaxed
Which leads us to the hands: Your hands should be holding on to the handlebars like you are
wearing silk gloves. Again: if your arms and hands are positioned
correctly, you should be able to release the handlebars in a turn. Which is dependent on having your feet and
legs positioned correctly All of the body parts we talked about so far
could be described as the ones enabling you to make a turn. If we now jump to the parts which chooses
the line through the turn, they are: The shoulders, head and eyes. Your shoulders and upper body should be pointed
where you want to go, so you should twist your upper body in the the corner, this will
also naturally help you position your arms and hands
Your head and eyes should also be pointed to where you want to go, and your eyes should
be looking in to the corner To sum this up. You are setting yourself up in order to:
Be stable on the bike Shift the center of gravity of you and your
bike The more position your body outside of the
bike, the less lean angle you need, but the less stable you will be on the bike. It is a compromise which all racers work on. So you set yourself up for the corner, you
now need to lean to your desired lean angle. For this you should use counter steering Counter steering is where you steer the handlebars
in the opposite direction of turn. So if you want to lean to the left, you should
steer the handlebars to the right Some trainers assert that you should push
the handlebars, others say you should pull them. In any event you should be doing it smoothly,
which is dependent on having your body set up properly. Remember: hold the handlebars like you are
wearing silk gloves. If you know how to counter steer, you can
now enter the corner. In order to enter a corner on a motorcycle
you must understand that a motorcycle line differs from a race car line
Motorcycles apex later than race cars do. In short this is because you want to get the
cornering done as quick as possible, and use your motorcycles strong point to your advantage,
which is acceleration. On the street, apexing later has advantages
as well, because it buys you room in turns which you can not see the end of
Turning in late means you have to have a fitting entry speed, which means do not go in to fast So you entered the corner, you now need to
look in the correct place: Your line through the turn is chosen by where
you look So you should look as far in to the corner
as possible On a track you use reference points of where
you should look, on the street it is more important to look as far ahead as possible
On the street an important aspect of where to look is target fixation, which is where
you look on to something in front of you, and therefore hit it. Since you go where you look. Try to force yourself to look where you want
to go every time you are out riding, this way it will become natural. So you are now in the middle of the turn:
Now you need to control your line using your throttle
More throttle means your line will be wider Less throttle means your line will be tighter
The most important part of throttle control is to be smooth on the throttle
Remember: You are focusing on keeping your bike as stable as possible
To do this you should roll the throttle gently through the corner
On a track your throttle should be turned all the way when you exit the corner With your throttle turned all the way, you
are now exiting the corner: When exiting the corner it is important that
you move your body smoothly to a neutral position, which is to… you guessed it: keep your bike
stable This is something which I need to work on
myself. The most important parts of moving smoothly
on the bike is how your feet and legs are positioned
If they are supporting you enough, you should be able to move your butt sideways on the
seat If you have to lift yourself up to move your
butt sideways, then you need to work on your feet and leg position
This also has to do with how strong your legs and core are
As you can see demonstrated here: The mistake I am doing while transitioning is that I am
slightly pulling on the handlebars, which means my outside leg is not supporting me
properly I am working on finding a better foot position
on the pegs in order to be smoother There is always something new to learn. Thank you for watching, and see you next time.

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  1. I ride an adventure bike, Honda CB500X. I find it very hard to move my butt in a turn, and there's no way I can rest my outside arm on the tank. I wish there was a good instructional video to teach how to corner right on an adventure bike.

  2. You want to go into a corner fast enough so that the rear wheel breaks grip a bit and drifts in the opposite direction of your turn. Then when you have the front facing the exit of the turn give her Full Throttle so you shoot out of the corner with max. speed. Select the gear you will be exiting the corner when you enter the corner. Never shift mid corner. Learn to brake And lightly roll on throttle at the Same time as you go IN the corner.

  3. My body parts refuse to move once on the bike. I once tried to shimmy my bum over and stick my knee out a little, but it felt so awkward and forced. I'll always be a noob at cornering. :S

  4. Do you have more information about hang off techniques? I heard that there are several ways to hanging off.

  5. Good advice. Really nicely done.

    Personally, I haven't met an instructor that would advice positioning your feet as outward as you did, as it robs you of clearance.

  6. WRONG… dont bend your knees outwards otherwise my patella will graze down to a stump and put blood on my new shorts.

  7. I'm curious as to how the bike doesn't just fall to the ground when you lean that far? You would think that when you put your body off the side of the bike like that, that it would just want to fall over.. I'm watching and learning before I even get a bike! It's a lot easier to learn when people explain like you do thanks!!

  8. My problem is I tend to look down to monitor the road for hazards, debris, oil, etc. Its therefore hard to focus on where I want to be on exit.

  9. I love Japanese bikes because they make automatics you have a choice! Harleys I love what damn it they don't make a f**** automatic f*** that clutch!

  10. Congrats. Not only did you explain cornering quite well for the peeps. You are looking through the turn which a lot of people do not do. Another point at least you had some corners in your video!! Cannot believe the amout of people on youtube giving cornering advice while driving down a straight road. Keep riding. Yep its a bike thing 🙂

  11. Very good advice's. We also need to understand that racing should be done only on the circuit and not on the street. We never should confuse street riding with road riding.

  12. Your setting up should be done long before the corner, not during entry. If there isn’t a long straight between the next corner, set up your lower body to that next corner upon exiting the last corner. And your outside foot should not be like that; with the toes on the pegs. But that peg against the heel of your boot, this will make you more secure on the bike and significantly reduce foot fatigue. Also, it’s what ALL the pros do (GP, WSBK, etc). Learn from the pros.

  13. Hey Mikael, raining here as you know so was watching some moto videos and came across your channel. Very good explanations. I'll be working my way through your channel. Just wanted to say good work.
    I've never ridden Mt Hamilton but you make it look like fun. I'm usually out in the Santa Cruz mountains on 9/84/35 etc.

  14. >Some say to push, some say to pull
    But I pull with one hand, and push with the other. Why do they recommend to only use one hand?

  15. I know I'm "different". 😀 😀 But on the street don't you agree it's more important to be stable and centered on the bike and hold the bike with your legs, for an intermediate level rider than to hang off and loose stability and therefore control (again, for the average rider)? Isn't throttle and brake control more important on the street than body position? By the way, how do you think the ideal throttle control should be while cornering on the road? Just the enough to maintain speed while from the point where you start leaning in until the point you start picking up the bike? Just trying to learn, nothing more!

  16. When you go into a corner on a normal road, do you quickly push/pull the handlebar to make the bike flick into a turn (im scared of doing it too quickly and putting my bike down) or do you gradually add more power to pushing/pulling to lean throughout the corner? I am really scared of applying a quick pressure on the handlebar

  17. Test drove Hornet 600 with wider handlebars …. Got the feeling its not ideal for sharper corners ….. Dealer reckons wider handlebars good for cornering ? Is it just getting used to the surplus leverage or a total waste of money ? Want to upgrade from the little old GPZ 500 S … budget upgrade …

  18. I was wondering what Dianese suit or jacket is that? I have been trying to find it for a while with no luck.

  19. You should dangle your inside leg before leaning the bike over. Haha! Don't believe me? See it on Moto GT!

  20. I am still yet to understand how to quickly steer the bike and change riding position in chicanes. When I react quickly my bike unsettles and I loose speed and confidence. Anyone know?

  21. Awesome video! I have a quick question
    So I understand you should do your braking before your turn in point but once you hit your turn in point, should you be maintaining the throttle throughout the turn to the apex and apply more throttle through the exit? I’ve also heard you can engine brake from your turn in point to the apex, once you hit the apex/stop leaning then apply throttle, is this true also?
    Thank you!

  22. Someone posted on a crash compilation this tip. *If you hit a corner too fast and "are" in danger of hitting an oncoming vehicle; 1) Roll off throttle 2) pull the clutch in 3) max out your lean. Is this true??

  23. if you lean the bike when it's not moving you would fall, obviously. the thing that keeps you from falling is speed. and the rest is science.

  24. I have a question, I been riding my R1 and have been taking classes in advance riding. One of the instructors said to enter the corner on a completely closed throttle after you’ve finished the braking zone, then said, only apply throttle when you know you can apply full throttle slowly. But one thing that gets me is surely the bike is unstable during corner entry without drive from a slightly open throttle?

  25. Target fixation is by far the biggest mistake beginners make. Avoiding it is the most important thing a novice can learn. Most of my rookie scars came from this issue. I glanced at a pile of railroad ties riding over my head. This pulled me several inches offline, making the corner impossible (you guys know. A foot offline near the apex can turn into 3 feet at exit. Force yourself to look ahead. Trust your peripheral vision to see whats immediately in front. Remember, your bike can handle more than your courage can muster, usually. SOME riders are insane, and some bikes are old, so this doesn't always hold true.
    Counter steering, for me, came natural. All riders do it, even rookies. You were counter steering on your bicycle. Matter of fact. One cannot balance with out it, so don't think its going to be difficult to learn. It does help to be aware of it though, this can allow deliberate use, making you more proficient..
    You WILL come in too hot eventually. You WILL think you're going to die, and you WILL be scared. Stay calm and know you got this. Forget about last minute braking…just be smooth, look ahead, hold your line with steady throttle. Don't chop the throttle or touch front brake. You CAN drag the rear a bit, in some situations. Bikes prefer steady throttle though. This plants the bike as you sweep through the apex.
    I been on a bike for 4 decades, and still learning. This guys advice is spot on.

  26. what race track is this? Looks very nice. Waking up to the sound of first bike firing up the morning of track day…

  27. At this point I have to wonder where my ice cream cone is supposed to go.
    I don't want the rainbow sprinkles falling off.

  28. Watching this wants me to sell my bike and find another hobby. How can i enjoy a hobby if its this stressful.

  29. Everyone has been counter-steering naturally since they were riding bikes as kids, it's how bikes work above certain speeds, usually above around 15 mph+ on motorcycles. I think it bad to go into motorcycling consciously knowing about counter-steering, I think it is best to do it naturally/subconsciously, otherwise it's like overthinking it. On street there is no real need to dance around on the bike, just shift your weight by leaning with the bike.

  30. i bought a r1 and ride in the major traffic with my wife. that shit is like a nightmare than taking a turn at 160kmph

  31. As you mentioned you are a “pusher on the handlebar” I tend to be more of a puller rather then a pusher. Is this safe and can you reach a high level of track riding with this pulling on the handlebars technique?

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