If you’ve been following along with my blog posts, you will have seen Positioning – Part 1, Positioning – Part 2 and Positioning – Part 3. These posts were mainly discussing positioning your motorcycle for maximum view and visibility while riding in a straight line. I purposely did not cover positioning on corners because it is a subject which deservers a post of its own. In fact, it deserves three! This is part one of that series on motorcycle cornering. Remember, to be informed as new posts are made, you can subscribe here! Continue reading Motorcycle Cornering. Positioning for Safety – Part 1
I will wrap up this series of three posts on positioning with a couple of places you don’t want to occupy in the road. But! We will not have finished with the subject of positioning! Later in the blog, I will cover the large subject of positioning when it comes to cornering on a motorcycle. This is a large, but tremendously useful subject which deserves its own set of posts.
So, let’s wrap this series up with those places we don’t wish to be when on the road:
The Triangle of Death
Greetings, fellow riders! This post is a continuation of the topics introduced in my last post: Positioning – Part One. I would encourage you to read that post, if you haven’t previously, before returning to continue.
You may remember that in my previous post on positioning, we had established a “default” position to maintain in the road unless external influences force us to consider deviating from it. I had outlined three things that may cause use to deviate from our default position:
- When doing so would give us a better view of the road, and traffic/hazards ahead.
- When doing so would give another road user a better view of us. I call this “presenting” to a potential hazard.
- When doing so would give us a greater “buffer zone” between a perceived hazard and us.
Let’s ease back into things with a couple of simple examples of the above: Continue reading Positioning – Part Two
Today, I’d like to talk about a subject that truly transformed my riding.
I am almost ashamed to admit that, early in my motorcycle “career”, I rode daily for twenty years without having any concept of what positioning was.
It was only when I embarked on my advanced training that the subject was introduced to me, and it is no exaggeration to say that it completely transformed my riding.
After having received some excellent training from my instructors, and putting the principles into practice, I was amazed at just how much I could now see, and how much sooner I was seeing it. And, conversely, I was amazed at just how much information I had been missing through all those years of riding before. Information that was there for the taking if only I knew where to find it!
It also made riding a much less stressful experience because I was seeing things so much earlier than I previously had — and people were seeing me much sooner as well.
I hope you’ll forgive my enthusiasm about this subject, but it truly was an “eye-opening” experience for me. I hope it can do the same for you.
As the subject of positioning is a large one, and it is of so much importance, I have split the subject into multiple posts. This post introduces part one. Continue reading Positioning – Part One