Member Contributer RobF Posted August 17, 2016 Member Contributer Share Posted August 17, 2016 There are a few motorcycles and a few decades of adulthood in my past, but I'm relatively new to sport riding. This past weekend I was riding in the Cascade mountains, working on my technique, and I noticed that I had developed a real asymmetry in my cornering competency. When entering right-hand turns, I felt (relatively) balanced and in control. Left-hand turns were a different experience. The bike and I felt awkward. I realized that I am always much more relaxed in right-hand turns than I am in left-hand turns and that over time the accumulated difference has caused an asymmetry in my technique. Interesting to me is the underlying cause of the discrepancy. Here's what I think it is. When making right-hand turns, my tires are toward the center-line and my head is toward the shoulder. I have half a lane of clean road to right of my tires and half a lane to the left -- more if there are no oncoming cars. When turning left, these comfortable margins of error are much reduced. In left turns, my tires are closer to the gravel-strewn shoulder and my head is toward the center-line and possible oncoming traffic. The margin of error buffering a possible flubbed line through the corner is smaller, so my technique becomes more tense and timid. I'm curious if others have experienced anything similar. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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