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Learn How To Ride Fast & Safe Around Corners on Dirt and Gravel Roads – Offroad Skills

Learn How To Ride Fast & Safe Around Corners on Dirt and Gravel Roads – Offroad Skills


Riding fast around corners is not that
scary let’s talk about cornering at speed! welcome to MOTOTREK. I’m Dusty Wessels
professional motorcycle instructor for West 38 Moto
Today we’re cornering at speed. what the heck does that mean? it means faster than
first gear probably second third maybe fourth when cornering at speed vision momentum
control and body positions are very important cornering at speed is a blast! I love it!
it’s so much fun when you find a road that you can have fun and go fast on do
it! the most important thing to remember is your vision. you’ve got to look as far
out on that road as you can see. that allows us to scan everything in between
that point and where we are right now to maintain proper control while you’re at
speed make sure you approach that corner at a speed that allows you to stop if
when you get around it you see something that makes you stop a washout a big rock
another car up like in front of you’re down if it’s wide open
once you see it take off When cornering at speed vision and
momentum control go hand in hand use your vision here to look forward
don’t look at the road in front of you keep your eyes focused on the furthest
point away when you come into a corner like this where you can’t see what’s on
the other side you need to control your momentum use the throttle as a dimmer
switch don’t dump it just roll off it a bit if you can see all the way through
the corner keep the throttle consistent roll on it as you exit just like you
would on the pavement check out Bret’s fantastic video explaining all about
vision when cornering at speed off road in a low traction environment it’s
really important to keep your body position in the right place so if I’m on
the pavement and I’m making a left-hand turn I can lean in all day long that’s
fine it’s a high traction environment this is a low traction environment stand
up get your weight to the outside gotta have our weight outside when we’re
offroad how much weight you shift is going to be determined by how sharp the
corner is and how fast you decide to take it drive that outside the end of
the tank keep the inside me against the tank tight drive that thing in there
hold on to that really tight this is very important your cornering at speed
you’ve got to have some stability in a low traction environment when
you’re cornering at speed you want to steer with your feet on the pegs even
though we don’t want any of our midsection weight to the inside
we do want pressure and influence on the inside peg that helps us stabilize at
the knees and feel more comfortable and stable going fast around the corner
you’ve got to initiate the turn by pressing on the inside peg don’t shift
your weight there just put pressure there hold that pressure there all the
way through the corner it’ll stabilize you as you’re throttling and help you
keep your line the reason why you don’t want to put any weight to the inside is
because as you corner the contact patch on your tire is decreasing and if you
add weight to that that’s where you start to feel the wash and you can
completely wash out if you keep your weight neutral or to the outside it puts
more weight vertically right on the contact patch and allows the bike to be
stable through the corner cornering at speed off-road requires
smooth throttle control you don’t want to be abrupt on this either way if I
enter into a corner then I can’t see around the other side and I need to slow
down if I dump the throttle I could lose control the bike I don’t want that to
happen nice and easy just roll-off inversely as I’m rolling out of the
corner if I add too much throttle abruptly I could break the rear wheel
loose if you’re cornering at speed pay attention to the traction underneath you
we’re in a really loose traction environment very easy to break the rear
wheel loose here if you do break traction don’t panic
ride it out slowly let off the throttle whatever you do do not touch your brakes
in that situation when you’re cornering at speed offroad
the only time you should use your brakes in that corner is in an emergency
situation if you use your brakes in a corner it could cause you to crash remember keep your eyes focused on the
furthest point down the road keep your body weight to the outside of the turn
smooth on the throttle and pay attention to the traction surface underneath you

83 comments on “Learn How To Ride Fast & Safe Around Corners on Dirt and Gravel Roads – Offroad Skills

  1. It all clicked for me when I went on a course and realised I shouldn't be leaning down with the bike as I would on the road, but staying upright and leaning the bike underneath me. Suddenly made me feel safer – now I can power slide without panicking for a washout. Unfortunately I now do the same on the road and can't break the habit…

  2. This video is great for all types of riders. 👍👍
    Here in parts of the midwest they still chip and oil roads out in the countryside. The roads are usually find but pea gravel seems to accumulate on tighter curves. So you can go from high traction to low traction quickly and without much warning and can really ruin your days. I will be using the tips in this video for sure, for both on and off road riding .

  3. I always get told I shouldn't go offroad with my under 200 kg 650 GS cause it was to heavy. How does that fit together with you guys rocking those tanks on any terrain?

  4. Great video. i have a question for all offroaders out there, I've recently bought a Flat Tracker and I am more and more interested in taking it offroad, never done it and not sure how much this machine could handle. How essential are offroad tires for example? Some first hand knowledge would be phantastic! Thanks guys.

  5. Excellent summary, Dusty. I'm relatively new to non-pavement riding, so I've been super timid on gravel. Now I've got some tips to try.

  6. i just love the way you guy's express and explain things @mototrek. on my way to a bike licence eu. [hoping to take some sandy roads]

  7. I have a 1250 gsa and when cornering on the roads in your video would it also be advisable if the rear tire is starting to slide to dab your clutch to straighten your bike out? Thanks

  8. I'm amazed by all the details that are spot on in every edit you guys put out. Amazing production, and really covering important subjects 🙂 Thank you, by far one of mye most viewed channel in here 🙂 Thank you

  9. These vids are great. I'm (or was) a new rider, did corners slow sitting, then standing up but in line with the bike lean, ran over patch of loose more grainy gravel on normal gravel road and had shit pants moment as front washed out a bit even though regained grip soon, and immediately I reflex slammed inner foot down. Felt lucky as there was no damage, searched online, watched mototrek vids about putting foot down lightly only for your own and not bikes balance, and brets version of this gravel corners vid with outside lean and vision. Practiced it, felt really weird for months. Later on natural and way safer, (also faster) allows you to have front wash out and you still have balance while "waiting" for grip again which often is regained if you dont apply brakes. Other vids like weightless rider also helped a lot. We dont all have pro riding buddies to learn from.

  10. Folks asking where is Bret and the channel giving really vague answers. How hard is it to just explain that he has left the channel and moved on to other things? If that's what in fact happened. I greatly enjoyed this clip too, but was totally expecting to see Bret.

  11. It sure is easier on a 6 meters wide flat dirt road ! It must be really nice to practice, I'm pretty jealous…

    Were I live if you ride above 30km/h you're gonna crash. There is no nice dirt roads, just hard and slippery dirt, single track, with less than 10 meters visibility. Big holes everywhere, thick roots, rocks, you name it.

    So I'm pretty confident in my hability to crawl over anything, but I'm useless above second gear.

  12. Another excellent outcome of putting your weight to the outside, is that if you do happen to wash out, on or off-road, then the bike comes under you to some degree and you have more ability to catch the bike and re-gain control, as opposed to low siding… has saved me a few times… also great on-road technique in wet or slippery conditions.. great work Dusty thanks!

  13. Thanks for the video. The explanations were easy to grasp. However, I'll never be an advocate of speed while riding alone on gravel. But then, I've been a street rider for 50 of my 55 riding years.Enjoyed the video!

  14. Dusty was one of my instructors at RawHyde a few years ago and also one of the best. Good to see you again and keep the vids coming!!

  15. YO Dusty , was that the traction control kicking in when at the start o vid you were sliding?? The Colorado plate gave it away right away! Carry on

  16. Perfect video. Yes, we will always compare with Bret but it because he set up the level high. This video is the same level.

  17. I love it! We get a bunch of excellent presenters on this channel! Love Brett miss Brett but he will be back! Nice job Dusty

  18. Hey, T.N.F is one of my fave spots to ride. Great seeing it here. Some of those turns are blind. Some _very blind_. My worry about the Polaris coming around the bend in my lane dampens my desire to take some of those turns quickly…

  19. I may have missed it. But in using the pressure on the inboard peg during a turn are you still counter-steering (push left, turn left) or are you just adjusting your steering to maintain direction and balance?

  20. This was very good instruction, Dusty, for those like us living surrounded by Tonto National Forest and riding dirt roads just to get to the main streets for groceries (ha!). Thanks!

  21. This was badly demonstrated. There's a huge difference between going around on the inside or outside lines mentally, and someone with little or no dirt experience will tell you this. Maybe next time get a novice and teach them, in a safe environment. It will vastly improve your teaching techniques.

  22. Always great videos on this channel. Though there's a part I didn't really understood what you said… the only time you use brake in a corner… (can't understand what's next) and then using brake in a corner can make you crash, or something like that. What am I missing?
    Seeing those videos make we want to go offroad. Though I'm not ready yet ^^

  23. One thing Dusty’s doing here a lot he didn’t talk about is you can clearly see when he’s going really quickly through the corner is driving the front through the corner with the rear. A great rider can control it himself but a so so rider like myself can put his traction control in a medium range and let the bike do it. It’ll let the rear slip to the outside without washing out and keeps the front tire pointed to the inside of the corner. It will feel like you’re carving the corner instead of steering through it. Like Dusty says, look through the corner. Problem I’ve seen a lot of guys doing is cutting a blind corner. Easy way to become a hood ornament.

    I don’t agree with fixing on the farthest point. I prescribe to Kieth Code’s method of sweeping, near to far. I’ve avoided more than a few flats by dodging sharp rocks or a pothole. The hazard is fixating on it and hitting. Getting in the habit of looking where you want your tires to end up where the thing isn’t takes practice. If you’re always just looking down the road, a chunk of angle iron, sharp rock, or rut edge can ruin your day. Sweep far to near all the time in corners.

    Just a few ideas.

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