Your First Motorcycle Track Day and What to Expect

Taking your motorcycle to a track day is a great way to not only test out the true capabilities of your machine in a safe environment, but to also improve your skills on a bike - skills that will translate to the road as well. There's a lot to take in though. Riding at speeds that would get you locked up if you tried them on the road are the norm and that's just in the straights. It's going fast through the corners that ...
ABS Motorcycle vs non ABS Motorcycle

ABS Motorcycles vs Non ABS Motorcycles – Do You Need Motorcycle ABS?

The ongoing ABS motorcycle vs non-ABS motorcycle is a strange thing. I would wager that it is impossible today to buy a new car in the western world without ABS. It’s a standard feature on the most high end of sports cars down to family sedans and small hatchbacks. It’s only not used in motor sports like Formula 1 because it took away from the required skills of the driver and made braking too easy. Despite all of this, ...
An Introduction to Motorcycle Gymkhana

An Introduction to Motorcycle Gymkhana

If you haven’t participated in a motorcycle gymkhana, odds are that you probably haven’t done any sort of low speed motorcycle exercises since getting your license.  Yet how often are you required to navigate a car park or filter between cars in slow traffic as opposed to getting your knee down in turn two at the local track?  We need to maneuver our bike at low speed all the time yet most of us neglect to practice and ...
Can a Motorcycle Stop Faster Than a Car?

Can a Motorcycle Brake Faster Than a Car?

There are two schools of thought on whether a motorcycle can stop faster than a car. On the one hand, a motorcycle is much, much lighter than a car so wouldn't it stop faster than a heavy car? Everyone expects a truck or train to stop slower than a car due to their mass, so the same probably applies for a car against a bike? On the other hand, cars have four brakes, four larger tires to grip the road with and weight remains ...

How to Clutchless Upshift

Clutchless upshifting is one of the easier techniques you can employ on a motorcycle to enable smoother bike control and faster acceleration. If done correctly (and after a small amount of practice, you will), clutchless upshifting will not damage the gearbox – some even argue it reduces wear and tear. To understand why clutchless shifting works, it’s beneficial to have a crash course on the insides of a motorcycle ...
Vanishing Point Example

Identify Corners Using Vanishing Points

Do you believe in magic?  Of course you do, why else would you have a unicorn on your diary where you write all of your hopes and dreams?  Do you know that you can magically predict the type of corner you are in just by looking at the vanishing point of the road? Okay.  So it’s not magic but it is a valuable skill to have when you’re riding on an unfamiliar piece of tarmac.  By looking at the vanishing point of the ...
Decreasing Radius Corners

How to Handle Decreasing Radius Corners

Nothing gets a rider’s heart jumping into their mouth and their eyes opening out like saucers, then finding themselves in a decreasing radius corner going too fast. It can set off instincts like nothing else on a bike, with riders chopping the throttle and standing the bike up, causing more trouble than it fixes. A decreasing radius corner is essentially a corner that tightens up. That means that if you take a normal ...

The Evolution of Motorcycle Body Position

Proper motorcycle body position, when used appropriately makes you a faster, and safer rider.  By shifting your weight to the side of the bike, a rider reduces the bikes lean angle for a given speed, ensuring a greater contact patch between the road and tire. But it hasn't always been like and in fact, the way some riders went into corners looks not only archaic, but somewhat dangerous.  As this article will show, ...