Motorcycle Skills Test: Part 5 / “Curves”
[music] This is the fifth and final video in our series featuring Washington State’s motorcycle skills test. In this video we’ll look at run number 5. Cornering. Riding through 2 curves. This run verifies the rider’s ability to negotiate curves. The skill needed is the ability to corner effectively. Proper entry speed is essential allowing the rider to safely corner and navigate curves. Riders are instructed: Ride through both curves acceleratinging to a speed of at least 20 miles-per-hour in the straightaway. Prior to the second curve slow to an appropriate entry speed. Stay within both sets of boundary lines. Common mistakes include: Running wide…a lane error. Riding too far inside. Speed. Too fast often due to not adjusting entry speed. Typically riders go outside their lane. Too slow. Typically caused by a lack of skill or fear of leaning. This is a timed evaluation. Riders must go fast enough to demonstrate proper cornering ability. If you’re not comfortable with countersteering or would like to practice cornering please consider taking a rider safety course. Keys to success include: Keep your head and eyes up. Look through the curve. Adjust to a proper entry speed. Slow to a speed allowing for a smooth acceleration. Positive throttle throughout. Look. Turn your head. Look where you want to go. Look through…to the exit. Press and lean. Countersteer. An “outside-inside-outside” path of travel is often easier. Roll on. Slightly increase or maintain speed through
the curve. Riders must be able to stay within their lane and corner effectively. Riding too fast going out of your lane threatens everyone’s safety on road. Especially rural roads. Crash investigations show that most motorcycle deaths occur in curves and are usually single vehicle crashes. Motorcycle only. Your cornering skills must be there when needed. Know your bike. Know your limits. Ride within them. If it’s been a while since you’ve attended a rider safety course please do consider taking one. You’ll be taking responsibility to help keep our roads safe. The 3 most common factors in motorcycle crashes are: Speed. Lane error. And impairment typically from alcohol. Be responsible. Ride smart. Ride safe. Ride sober. And ride trained.