I think the second thing they teach you in the riding school is how you should ...
I think the second thing they teach you in the riding school is how you should take a corner on the motorcycle. Well, apparently, this man skipped that lesson and even had the nerve to ride two-up with his girlfriend. Of course, they crash stupidly…
This incident happened recently in Russia and got captured by one of the many many dashboard cameras drivers use there to escape the inssurance frauds.
Looking at the footage, there is no wonder why the rider managed to hit the car to his right in mid corner and crash – he is unskilled and hasn’t even heard of the apex. Reason why beginner riders should never attempt getting on a bike with the passenger until they gain propper bike-reflexes.
What I mean by bike-reflexes is the skillset used to safely ride the motorcycle and this includes knowing how to enter and exit the corner. It might not seem a big deal when driving the car, but switch to a motorcycle and you will see how much it matters.
For all you new riders, cornering on the bike should be done using the out-in-out rule. This means that when approaching the bend, you position your bike on the outside of it (i.e. if the street goes left, you sit on a right side of your lane), then head toward the apex (the point inside a corner where the radius is the smallest) and then get out wide on the outside.
Oh, and having the passenger will also make it harder to turn since extra weight and changed center of mass. Just another reason to hone your skills before riding two-up.
With that in mind, go watch this video and see where the rider is located at the beginning of this turn. Observe how he starts on the inner of the turn, misses the apex and heads out early, and running wide and ultimately hitting that Ford Focus to his right.
Fortunately he wasn’t speeding, because neither him nor his passenger were wearing other protection than helmets.
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