How to turn a motorcycle at low speed
To turn on a motorcycle at low speed, you need to follow these steps:
- Ensure that your motorcycle is in a safe, stationary position with both feet on the ground, and the motorcycle is in neutral gear.
- Make sure the motorcycle’s engine cutoff switch, usually located on the handlebars, is set to the “on” position.
- Insert the key into the motorcycle’s ignition and turn it to the “on” position. Some motorcycles may have a separate “run” or “park” position on the ignition switch, so make sure it is set accordingly.
- If your motorcycle has a choke, you may need to engage it. The choke is typically used when starting a cold engine. Consult your motorcycle’s owner’s manual for the specific procedure on how to use the choke.
- Keeping the clutch lever pulled in, press the starter button, typically located on the right handlebar or near the ignition switch. This will engage the starter motor and start the motorcycle’s engine.
- Once the engine starts, you may need to adjust the throttle slightly to maintain a steady idle speed. Use the throttle grip on the right handlebar to do so. Avoid revving the engine excessively, as this can cause the motorcycle to lurch forward or stall.
- Release the clutch lever slowly to engage the motorcycle’s transmission and start moving forward. Gradually increase the throttle as needed to maintain a smooth and controlled speed.
Note: Starting a motorcycle at low speed requires good control of the clutch, throttle, and brakes. It’s important to practice this skill in a safe and controlled environment, such as an empty parking lot, before attempting to ride in traffic or other challenging conditions. Additionally, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines for starting and operating your specific motorcycle model.
Any movement on a motorcycle involves maneuvering. And maneuvering is about dodging obstacles and, of course, cornering. The experience of a motorcyclist, whether he is a ring race pilot, a professional cross-countryman/endurist or a first-season rider, fearfully fuming in the back row on an old scooter or a Chinese bought with a fight, is determined by… No, not by expensive equipment and not even by experience since getting driving license, but by efficiency of braking and accuracy of passing turns.
Why is it important to get the corners right?
Urban riders’ disregard for basic control techniques is sometimes discouraging. Many consider the base elementary from the category of “it should be easy” and do not build experience, naively relying on improvisation, forgetting how people get lost in emergency situations. Many people think that it is necessary to train only passage with a pelvis drop, the so-called “under the knee”, as at the real riders of professional tracks. But in fact, you need to train any maneuvering and especially work in the corner.
In dense traffic, mistakes at the moment of a turn threaten not just a fall or a slip. You are not alone in the city, so your fall affects everyone. How many accidents have taken the lives of motorcyclists because of turning, it’s just scary. The situation is made more complicated by post-fall collisions. If you didn’t pick your trajectory, speed, or violated the traffic laws, you automatically put yourself in danger and got a situation you need to get out of as quickly as possible. Other drivers will be guided by your maneuver in building a route. A common trouble when motorists do not notice or do not understand where the motorcycle is going, what is the distance to it and the speed?
The urban method of turning – rolling in
The most common and surest method of urban riding. I call it simply moving by inertia. The point of the method is that the speed correction is over before you enter the turn. You go through the maneuver itself at a constant speed, on a closed/level throttle. You do roll into the corner on a pre-selected trajectory. The main goal is to reduce speed to commensurate with the geometry of the turn and your own experience. Braking while maneuvering leads to mistakes and wheel spin, but if you’re an experienced motorcyclist, you can plug in the capabilities of the TraiL Braking method (Trail and Trail Braking on a motorcycle, how do you understand and use that?).
Going too fast or too slow
Aligning trajectory inside a turn, steering
Tilting the bike
Fixing your gaze on the entry point or apex
Speed and tilt
If the speed of the bike is too fast, you have to increase the tilt inside the turn because the bike doesn’t have time to turn when it’s not a long, flat radius of road, but a sharp angle to enter. At high speed, smooth long arcs are comfortable, but in no way sharp corners, especially when you’ve flown past the point of entry.
At low speeds, the bike just goes down under gravity. We remember that speed levels the bike, lifts it into an upright position. The motorcycle turns inward. Through tilting, we are turning. When the slope of the bike is great, and the speed is low, nothing gives him nothing to keep the balance and move on, you just fall inside the turn and roll around a lot to the whistle of comrades and exclamations of “this is a fiasco, brother.
Speed and incline of the bike always go side by side, in fact, they are really interdependent indicators.
Alignment of the trajectory inside the turn, steering
So it turns out, when initially you did not have the opportunity to take the right position for the turn, when you could not enter it in time or just made a mistake with the construction of the trajectory, all sorts of unexpected obstacles on the road are added to the same list.
You start maneuvering around the corner, changing your trajectory, looking for another position. When your inclination is big enough, you risk getting a wheel failure because of such gestures. The bike may not have time to balance, the tire grip is already tiny. The higher your speed in a corner, the less you steer with the front wheel. At higher speeds, it’s better to work your body and lean.
Beginning riders forget that a motorcycle takes up a lot more space in a turn than it does in a straight line. Because of this, trouble happens.
Fixation of the look at the entry point or apex
First, let’s remember that the apex is the apex of the turn, the part you go around, to put it as primitively as possible.
Secondly, we get the phrase “where I look, there I go.
Indeed, this is a common mistake, beginners often look at what they want to go around, instead of where they would like to get and as a result do not fit into the turn or do not see what is behind the apex, do not have time to take a good position, then twitch inside the turn to get out of it nicely.
Experienced motorcyclists get stuck in closed corners, when it is not clear what trajectory to set. They try to see what’s behind the apex, instead of reducing speed even more (because it’s easier to maneuver at low speed), as a result they fly into the corner and do not have time to correct the trajectory, because they are too close to the apex, and the turn is suddenly too sharp.
It initially seems to be simple. But it is better to spend time on understanding the behavior of the motorcycle in turns and understanding the principle of working with them, so as not to find yourself in an awkward situation, frantically looking for a way out.