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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 3-12-2019, 7:52 PM Thread Starter
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What speed do you guys corner at?

Just curious. On the streets when you hit a right angle corner what speed do you guys take it at? Whats the fastest that is safe-ish?

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I am going to assume you mean cm/s. For which I can only say, you can probably go a little faster grandma. xD

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I'd say as fast as you feel comfortable hitting the corner at!

The more I rode my old EX, the more aggressive I got with it. But I never pushed it beyond my comfort level. Maybe because I'm getting too old.
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For sure! I only go about 20-25 at most. I dont feel embarrassed about it. I just wondered whats the speeds an experienced rider could push the thing to.

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I suppose too, it would depend on how fast you're entering the corner. From a dead stop, obviously you're not going to juice it but rolling through...depends (and maybe quite literally "depends" )
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Cornering speed is determined by the sharpness of the corner, the smoothness of the road, the skill of the rider, the bike's tires and suspention and many other factors.
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On the streets when you hit a right angle corner what speed do you guys take it at??

Depends on how deep the wet leaves are on the side street. Also, the speedo face reads in both kph and mph which confuses my old guy brain so I rarely look at it. I hate doing mental math while I'm going for the apex.
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So many different factors involved in answering the original post question
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the fastest way round a corner is a straight line. so it depends on the actual corner involved. years ago I rode with a lad who took pride in being able to take corners faster than anybody else. that is until that day he hit a diesel spill. it was the last time he rode a motorcycle.


so to answer the question how fast well it depends on how long you wish to ride a bike I suppose.
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Are you wanting lean angle or speed? In an emergency, I scraped the peg at about 20mph, but I was not ready for the direction change. Definitely not the fastest I have ever turned, but kept me out of an accident.
If you want to start increasing you corner speed, worry less about lean angle and more about body position. Getting half a cheek off the seat will help you corner faster while staying farther from the limit.

"A Twist of the Wrist" is a good source to help your process. Watching races will show you it should look.

NEVER RIDE FASTER THAN YOU CAN SEE. Always assume that there is gravel, deer, parade floats, just out of sight around the bend. And always assume that the car in front of you will hit the brakes halfway through a turn for no f****** reason.

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Are you wanting lean angle or speed? In an emergency, I scraped the peg at about 20mph, but I was not ready for the direction change. Definitely not the fastest I have ever turned, but kept me out of an accident.
If you want to start increasing you corner speed, worry less about lean angle and more about body position. Getting half a cheek off the seat will help you corner faster while staying farther from the limit.

"A Twist of the Wrist" is a good source to help your process. Watching races will show you it should look.

NEVER RIDE FASTER THAN YOU CAN SEE. Always assume that there is gravel, deer, parade floats, just out of sight around the bend. And always assume that the car in front of you will hit the brakes halfway through a turn for no f****** reason.
I learnt that cars hit the break for no fucking reason even before I rode a motor xD. Ride a bicycle in LA. People fucking suck.

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take this from a guy who has been riding motorbikes best part of 60 years. the only way to survive long term is defensive riding. expect the unexpected ride with a view that everyone else out there is out to get you. doesn't see you or doesn't care you only have a pad of Kevlar for protection. if that means riding slower than the granny in the 30's pickup truck so be it. she probably wouldn't know you were there anyway. cavalier riders don't last that long.
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All that being said, there is plenty of fun to be had in our little toy. Clover leaf on-ramps are some of my best friends. I have thrown mine around some pretty good canyons and have not felt that the bike is at it's limit.
If anything, it's my skills that are coming up short.

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If you really want to know how fast you can corner - go to the track.

On the street you need to hold back, as the conditions are unpredictable. There are too many variables, and any one can put you over the edge. You need to allow for them.

For safe sport riding you need to have your cycle in top condition. That means excellent tires and tuned suspension, but also more knowledge of riding skills - and your limits.

Asking "...when you hit a right angle corner what speed do you guys take it at?" is like asking how fast you can go without crashing. It all depends.
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Go to the track, or practice on your own, so you learn to look farther ahead when cornering. Beginner riders (and ALL car drivers) have a tendency to only look 15-20ft in front of them, at most. Skilled riders and racers look 100's of feet in front of them, because they trust the tires and the feel of the bike under them. If you practice looking farther around the corner or down the road, you'll build more confidence in the bike and begin riding better and safer (see trouble before it's in front of you).
Looking farther ahead will allow you to avoid hazards and take wider corner exits, thus faster cornering.

Invest in 1 track day and you'll see your riding ability and riding safety improve immensely.
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What speed do I corner at? The simple answer. All of them!!
The long answer, whatever speed I feel that I can stay on the bike.


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What speed do I corner at? Why Ludicrous Speed of course.

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You should corner so you feel at ease and confident at the apex of the curve, in your own lane and in the right gear to accelerate back up to speed.
If your hair is clenched and you have a death-grip on the bars, butt all puckered and breathing hard, you are in over your head and might crash if you don't back off.
A smooth, well-planned corner is thing of beauty. I don't like riding with nutsos that want to race everywhere they go. I like riding at a good clip but consistently and smoothly.
I've seen some good friends get badly hurt riding like fools.
To test you and your bike's limits, take it to a track.
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