THE SCI­ENCE OF COR­NER­ING

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Mo­tor­cy­cle engi­neer with 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing, mod­i­fy­ing and re­pair­ing ev­ery­thing from Su­per­monos to CBX1000 café rac­ers. Mak­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle ne­go­ti­ate a bend is sec­ond na­ture to most of us. The fun­da­men­tal in­tu­ition has been embed­ded since child­hood when the bi­cy­cle sta­bilis­ers were re­moved for the first time. What­ever our level of com­pe­tence, from the chicken strip preser­va­tion so­ci­ety to Casey Stoner’s tyre-smear­ing, el­bow-smok­ing, mind-bog­gling capers, the same rules ap­ply; over­com­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle’s in­cli­na­tion to con­tinue in a straight line by ap­ply­ing the forces re­quired to per­suade it oth­er­wise. For all that we trust our in­stincts, what hap­pens as a mo­tor­cy­cle ne­go­ti­ates a bend at speed is just physics and maths. A clever per­son with a bit of time on their hands should be able write an equa­tion rep­re­sent­ing the beauty of a per­fect cor­ner­ing mo­ment.

Si­mon Martin

You can do all the maths you like but ev­ery­thing changes with a ge­nius like Stoner on board

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