Updated: Mar 28, 2019
Are you a novice motocross rider? Amateurs often ask how to corner on a motocross bike the proper way. This for most can be a challenge. Let’s review this four-step approach that can help you master the art of cornering.
Spot a corner ahead? Slow the bike down to an appropriate speed in order to manoeuvre the bike at an angle and increase the throttle throughout the turn. If you feel the bike is going ahead too wide, it’s simply because your entry speed should have been lower.
Sounds simple? Figuring out a suitable low speed can be tricky. There aren’t any fixed rules here, but the most appropriate speed or the entry speed is different from corner to corner and person to person. Go too slow and you may be overtaken.
This is another cornering step that is a bit unnatural. Turn your head towards where you want the bike to go. No, not just your eyes. Your eyes must be in the direction of which you want the bike to go. Sounds weird? It’s what expert riders do, and you must too if you want to master the techniques.
The third step of cornering your motocross bike is to lean towards the direction in which you’re guiding the bike to. So for instance, if it’s a left corner, you should lean left pushing down on your right foot peg and sticking your left leg out. For the right side do this in reverse order.
The concept is simple, but novice riders often face difficulty at this step. Remember that once you get past the stage of fear you can hit corners at a faster pace.
Roll out through the entire corner if you want to avoid slowing down. Twist the throttle more. This ensures that the bike maintains balance and your turn smoother. If you press the brakes or even roll off the throttle, you will very quickly come to a stop, causing you to lose balance and making it harder to direct the motocross through the corner.
A Few Expert Tips
· Keep your arms upwards, allowing your elbow to make a square. This body position provides greater control.
· When throttling, ensure that power is consistent and smooth. You’ll be inputting less energy this way.
· When you’re at the end of the corner, increase the throttle and power out.
This video will help you understand more.
Now you know how to corner properly! All you need now is to get out on your bike and practice.
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