There's bends training... and then there's double bends training - with Survival Skills
For many years I've offered the two-day Performance: SPORT course for those who want more than the basics of cornering.
On Day One, we cover a toolkit of skills starting with refining hazard identification and risk assessment to avoid common cornering errors, moving on through machine control (braking, steering, and throttle) to put usr in charge of the bike rather than being a passenger on the machine, then tackling the famous 'Reference Point' system which explains how to 'read' a corner in order to make our machine control inputs in the right places at the right times in order to put the bike on a line that deals effectively with the corner. Above all, the day ensure that we know when we MUST go slowly...
...because when we're sure we have eliminated all the risks, we can choose whether or not to go a little more quickly and enjoy ourselves.
In short, Day One gives us a framework which allows us to deal efficiently with the vast majority of corners we'll encounter on the road.
And then we set about Day Two, the 'Double Bends' day where trainees can REALLY get to grips with cornering at a level well beyond typical advanced training.
In part, it's a chance to practice the framework of skills learned on Day One but out on some really testing roads that have been specially chosen to provide a genuine challenge to good riding.
But much of the second day's content is unique to Survival Skills and not something you'll see elsewhere.
So we'll explore body shift techniques including counterweighting and leaning into the turn to see how they affect the way the bike steers when cornering, and we'll examine the pros and cons hanging off as a real-world cornering skill. We'll take a look at the technique of 'peg weighting' and see how it can power-up counter-steering and get the bike changing direction faster than most of us would believe is possible. We'll also look at uphill and downhill hairpin bend technique and will include some ideas on how to make cornering smoother in wet weather, including using the rear brake as traction control for those riders whose bikes are still not equipped with the stability aid.
But there's more.
Virtually all on-road training actively discourages braking into bends or mid-corner as bad technique.
The problem is that even the best of us make mistakes and when things are already going wrong, reflecting on what we should have done isn't much use; we need to get out of trouble and we need to do it quickly!
So the Performance: SPORT two-day course also shows the trainee how braking INTO bends (trail braking) or braking MID-corner are valid 'get out of trouble' techniques that allow the rider to react to emergencies such as bends that haven't gone where the rider expected or that have tightened unexpectedly, or where the presence of a slow vehicle or stationary vehicle means that evasive action must be taken.
We'll compare the results with two alternative techniques - braking after standing the bike upright and steering the bike first then braking at an angle (tangentially) across the corner.
The Double Bends session can be booked as part of the two-day Performance: SPORT course. OR if you have already taken the Performance: BENDS one-day course, you can add the Double Bends day later. Finally, if you already have an advanced test pass with the IAM or RoSPA, you can book a stand-alone one day session.
So if you're looking for a course that will genuinely improve your riding, and push your cornering to new levels, then why not give me a buzz?