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                      ADVANCED MOTORCYCLING

If you�ve got a question about motorcycling or would like some tips and advice on improving your skills, then ask one of the experts at the IAM. We�ll do our best to answer your questions and make your riding safer
and more enjoyable. You can ask about any aspect of motorcycling, however we�ll only answer questions via this site. If you want to have
your riding assessed or undertake the IAM�s Advanced Motorcycling
programme, you can contact us on 0208 996 9600. For further details

Established in 1956, the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is the UK's leading road safety charity dedicated to raising standards and saving lives on our roads.

We do this in a number of ways: through the IAM Motoring Trust � commissioning research, providing an independent voice for responsible motoring and influencing policy at all levels of government with media initiatives, reaching out to the road-using public by conducting the internationally recognised Advanced Driving and Motorcycling Tests and the provision of cycle training

Why do I drift wide on bends?

Although advanced riding covers cornering technique it is worth mentioning a few points to remember, as they are key to riding the perfect bend. Use your half of the road to the best effect to position your machine so you can get the best view on the approach to the bend or series of bends. Change position smoothly and in plenty of time, but be prepared to sacrifice your position if there is oncoming traffic. Safety is always the top priority. Generally speaking you should move towards the left side of the road on the approach to a right hand bend and more towards the white line in the middle of the road for a left hand bend.

Maintain the desired line until you can see where the next bend or hazard is and this will enable you to read the corner and not get caught out by the tightening bend prematurely.

You can judge whether you are travelling too fast for the bend by picking out the point of limit on your approach � this is the point up ahead where both sides of the road appear to meet. If this point moves towards you then you are going too fast. If it moves away from you, you can probably speed up. If it stays the same distance away from you, then you are travelling at about the right speed. When you have planned your line for the next bend or hazard then move into the best position for it. Racing lines are fine on the race track where you can see what is round the bend. On the public roads there must be a balance between the position for the best view and the position for the ideal line. All the time the position for safety must be given the most importance.

Why is it that cars always seem to be trying to squeeze past me on the road?

Unfortunately some drivers are not always as considerate to bikes as they could be and may try and squeeze past, particularly if you are sitting tightly tucked in to the kerb. Position yourself in the best place to avoid this, usually in the right hand car wheel tracks of the lane. But take up your road position in good time before turning right or left, showing others what you aim to do. Also alter position for oncoming traffic, and nearside hazards, Junctions, blind entrances etc.

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