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I have been thinking of my next informative post, to follow on from the IPSGA post.
I have decided that another really important part of riding is observation. That is not just what is going on about you, but is reading the road ahead, and maximising your ability to do that.

In this first part I will look at the theory of approaching corners and how to maximise what you can see.
Needless to say, it is not possible to physically straighten out a corner, but by careful positioning it is possible to make your sight line longer, thereby seeing more of the corner, so in turn visually making it straighter.

One of the big tenets of riding is that you should be able stop within the distance that you can see.
By maximising you view around a corner you are effectively increasing your view distance, and so increasing the speed at which you can safely take the corner (subject to other road conditions).

This diagram should demonstrate this concept:

A : Many riders will stay close to the middle of the road. This will give them less of a view around the corner. There could be a broken down car or a traffic jam just around the corner and you would not see it until the last minute

B : If you stay well to the left you will see much further around the corner. This will give you a big advantage by allowing you to see further around the corner than if you had taken position A

C : I added this line to help see the difference between the absolute minimum view around the corner, and the maximum view, from roughly the same point on the approach to the corner.

So, if you look at the distance between minimum view (blue line) and the maximum view (green line), and then look at the position of the view from bad positioning (red line), you should see that you get around 40% more view around the corner by careful positioning. This is a major gain, given that you have only moved the position of the bike about 4 foot to the left.


Here is an example of a left hand corner:

The lines are the same as in the previous example.
In this instance, the bad position (red line) actually has a worse view than the blue line.
Again the green line provides a much better view around the corner.

In this example I have added a pink car (well that is what it is meant to be), that is cutting the corner.

Needless to say, the rider taking the green line has seen the hazard long before the “bad rider” and is able to take corrective actions to avoid the hazard.
It may well come as a bit of a surprise for the red line rider, potentially leading to a destabilisation of his bike and a possible accident.




So, by good positioning you are able to see more of the corner and as such have straightened the corner.

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