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The vanishing point

One of the keys to road riding is to read the vanishing point. This is the point at which you can no longer see the road. The closer the point is, the tighter the bend. The further away it is, the wider the corner is. Road signs and markings also give a good indication. Walls and hedgerows can give clues but don’t always follow the line of the road.

vanishingpointOn a right hander, move to the left as far as it’s safe. Click down a gear or two. This gives some engine braking and provides instant acceleration as the corner opens out again.

On a left hander, move to the right side of the lane but do not cross the white line. If you do, you may not be able to avoid hitting that vehicle travelling towards you.

Click back a gear or two. This gives a small amount of engine braking without upsetting the bike and provides instant acceleration as the corner opens out.

Make sure you wait until the road opens up, not the point at which you are happy to speed up. You may be able to go faster on a bend you know, but you must still be able to stop in the distance you can see to be clear. The stopping distance will depend on you, your bike and the road conditions.