Using countersteering to turn your motorcycle is a well-understood and easily grasped technique: Turn the bars to the right, and the motorcycle will fall to the left; turn the bars to the left, and the motorcycle will fall to the right. We learn this instinctively from the first time we ride a bicycle, and when used consciously it is the most effective way to quickly and accurately turn your motorcycle in the desired direction.
SAN ANTONIO, TX (February 19, 2013) - VP Racing Fuels has just announced the release of new VP Moto, its most powerful FIM-regulation race fuel ever.
“For years, riders around the world have relied on VP for ‘Makin’ Power’ on circuits and MX tracks,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Regional Manager-Eastern U.S., Canada and Europe. “Multiple wins in the Isle of Mann TT and Motocross des Nations were just a few of the championships achieved with VP's powersport blends.”
For both street and track riders, the ability to turn quickly is an important skill. On the race track, that skill will allow you to go through chicanes at a higher speed. On the street, turning quickly can mean the difference between avoiding an obstacle or not.
At the recent International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW near the Toronto airport, race announcer and columnist Frank Wood hosted his usual interview/stage production, chatting with various Canadian two-wheeled authorities, from up-and-coming youngsters to famed veterans.
My last two blogs have focused on the braking and throttle control aspects of riding smoothly; this week, I will look at how the same concepts can be applied to cornering and lean angle to maximize corner speed.
In my last blog I talked about the importance of being smooth when opening the throttle on corner exits. Another aspect of riding smoothly is how you apply - and, just as importantly, release - the brakes entering the turn.
Many riders use the brakes more as a simple on/off switch rather than realizing their full potential, and miss out on some of the nuances of braking that come in handy in certain situations.
First of all let me wish everyone a Happy New Year with hopes that your year is filled with many hours of enjoyable riding no matter what type you do.
This year brings another exciting Supermoto season with the National series consisting of seven races. The campaign begins in LaTuque, Que. on May 25-26, and for those of you who have never attended, it is racing in the streets with tons of spectators and a lot of fun events through the weekend. ‘La Belle Province’ rewards your trip with breath-taking scenery and a friendly atmosphere making the racing an added bonus to the whole experience!
Over the past year, many MotoGP riders and watchers have noted how smooth Jorge Lorenzo rides, and that it is one key to his success in 2012. There is no question you have to be smooth to ride a 260-horsepower MotoGP bike, but the same can be said of any motorcycle.
Your body position on the motorcycle plays a large part in its handling; where you have your weight in a corner, or how you shift your body in a chicane to help steer the bike, for example, can make a huge difference. But, like most aspects of riding a motorcycle, there are a multitude of "correct" riding styles and body positions that riders use to good effect.
In my last blog, I talked about setting up a website to showcase your racing program and also demonstrate to potential sponsors how you can help showcase their products. Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are also a great way to showcase your racing program and promote your sponsors. Let’s look at these three popular social media tools in greater detail.
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