THE SCIENCE OF CORNERING
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.
You can do all the maths you like but everything changes with a genius like Stoner on board