Drift into corners like a god
Nine-time British supermoto champion, now races in British Superbikes with Tyco BMW
Òmost people think that backing a bike into a bend involves the rear brake, but it doesnõt. If you just jump on the rear brake you will end up spitting yourself over the highside. You donõt even need a back brake to drift Ð you just need the front.
ÒIF you pull the front brake hard enough the rear wheel will start to lift, add a bit of angle at this point and the bike will want to drift. The more you unweight the rear, the bigger the drift and rather than any back brake, I use engine braking to create the slide.
Òwhen the bike is drifting, I actually use the front brake to control the slide Ð the more I apply the front the more sideways the bike goes, as the rear is lifting under deceleration. By reducing the brake pressure the rear comes more into line as the back is weighted and the rear tyre grips a bit more.
Òthis technique allows you to brake deeper into corners because you arenõt really leaning it over when you slide it, so the front has more grip. If you look at pictures of a bike backing in the front wheel is in a straight line which makes it far harder to lose the front, and if you were to carry that much brake force while turning without a drift you would probably crash. And itõs actually fairly safe, it is quite hard to crash while doing it, unless itõs wet.
ÒA good drift feels fantastic and even though Iõve been doing it for years, I still love doing it. And it looks cool!ó