Go with the Flow

If you ever watch NASCAR, you have seen the ridiculous angle of the turns.  They are banked so the drivers don’t have slow down as much and they keep their speed up.  But, what happens if you don’t have that, and it’s just a flat turn.  For cars, it’s a little easier and you can drift around.  However, if you are on two wheels, things tend to be a bit trickier.  If you can master flat corners, you will definitely pick up some time on your competition. 

As with most corners, the approach is important.  You want to take a wider than normal line that results in a smooth arc.  This is where you get your braking done, when you are up right and not leaning or turning.   Also, you want to be standing up all the way past the braking bumps.  If you sit before them, your suspension is going to unsettle and mess you up on the approach.  When, this happens, you lose traction and you are going to slow down way too much. 

Supermoto racers love flat turnsWhen you are past the bumps, sit down and look as far ahead as possible.  You should be pointed towards the inside, looking for the loamiest dirt you can find there.  This will help you get traction when you get on the gas.  If you take the outside line through the whole turn, you are riding out too far.  When you hit the inside, you cut off a lot the corner, saving you time from taking the outside.  Again, at this point, you need to have proper form; your outside elbow should be up and weight needs to be applied to the outside foot peg. 

Start getting on the gas in a smooth fashion as you get to a point of good traction.  If you chop the throttle or stab the clutch, your rear wheel will break loose.  Excess wheel spin is always useless, especially here.  So, you have gone from a wide line and swept in towards the inside, now what do you do?  Naturally, momentum wants to carry you to the outside again.  Just flow with it and keep your gas on smooth.  You should be seated to get maximum traction out of the turn and when you come to your next obstacle or more bumps, then stand up. 

 I know I always say be smooth.  But, if you ever listen to pros or a riding coach, they always emphasize this.  If you keep your momentum and speed up, you won’t have to destroy your clutch every time you ride.  So, flow with the track and try not to square up a lot of the corners.


Posted on Aug 05 2009, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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