Common Mistakes On Riding Motorcycles

Today we will observe some common mistakes that people do while riding motorcycles. My SV650 has about 64 horsepower on the crank, and weights around 200 kg wet. I have two bikes in front of me, one is a GSX-R 1000, which has around 150 horsepower on the rear wheel, and weights around 200 kg wet. The other bike is a CBR 600RR, it has around 118 horsepower on the crank, and weights around 190 kg wet. Both these bikes are superior to mine when it comes to horsepower. On paper I should not stand a chance on the track against any of these two bikes. Lets observe some of the mistakes these riders are doing, and also go through where I need to improve myself. Right away we can see that the rider in front of me does not move much at all on his bike, he sits almost in the exact same position when going straight as when he is turning.

If you observe his feet, you can see that he is hanging on his heels, it is very hard to shift your body around on the bike if your feet are positioned like this If he were to position his feet just a little bit more backward, he would be able to move around on the bike This would enable him to shift is butt towards the inside of the turns, and then move his upper body in the same direction Remember that you are around 1/3 of the total weight of the bike + yourself, which means that if you lean out from the bike, you will shift the center of gravity By shifting the center of gravity, you can use less lean angle at higher speeds By moving your body like this, a lot of riders experience a quick gain in confidence on the bike Lets catch up to the Honda in front Right here I mistakenly turned in to early and did not use the total width of the track.

Turning in too early is a very common mistake when riding a motorcycle What you want to do is apex in the second half of the turn, which means turning in later than a race car would This also minimizes the amount of time you spend leaning over, which means you get more time to accelerate. So lets look at the bike in front right here, he is turning in good time but not leaning the bike over enough, which pushes him out wide Look closer at how he sits on the bike He is shifting his lower body to the inside of the turns, but his upper body is not following.

A common mistake riders do when learning how to use their body when cornering is to move their lower body far out from the bike, but not move their upper body with them You should move your head out to where the mirrors would normally be , and keep it as low as possible This will help when getting the bike leaned over Both me and the rider in front are pushing wide in this turn, where both of us should have been hugging the inside of turn If we observe how he is moving around on the bike here, he is lifting his butt up from the seat, and sitting straight down This is not a good way to move around on a bike, because you are upsetting the chassis The way you should be moving is by sliding your butt from side to side.

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