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How To Maintain Traction On A Motorcycle

I’m personal injury attorney Mike Lombardi.

It takes years to master cornering, so practice, practice, practice, traction means everything when you’re riding a motorcycle, and you always want to have it to stay in control of your bike. 

Watch Your Feet

Today, I want to talk about how you can maintain traction by correctly negotiating a corner. Failure to do this successfully is the second most frequent cause of motorcycle accidents. Here are some tips on staying safe while cornering. If you have footpegs, you want to be on the balls of your feet in the turn for maximum leverage. You also want to be sure that no part of your foot touches the ground before turning your body in the position you want it to be in the middle of the corner.

Body Language

You don’t want to be moving your body around during a turn because you could lose your balance and topple over. Make sure your body centerline is always to the inside of the bike centerline. Use your inside arm to steer the bike once inside the turn, so it’s not competing for your other arm’s control. Only make any directional changes with the inside arm and always adjust your speed before going into the curve. If you go into it too fast, you can lose traction.


You want to be sure to be at the correct speed for the bend before you make a turn. So, be gentle with the throttle, use the appropriate gear and, select the correct line through the corner. When you approach a corner. It helps to break gently, which will keep your bike stable and help maintain your traction. If you grab the brakes, you’re going to lose traction. You want to do the most of your braking before, not during the turn, and then tilt your bike.

Be Gentle

It takes a lot of energy to steer out of a turn, and you could lose traction. Instead, when you’re coming out of the corner, use a little throttle and a little steering. That will help you in the bike stay upright. Wait until the bike is completely vertical before slowly adjusting your body back into your normal sitting position. This will help minimize any excessive suspension movement caused by weight shifts. 

Unfortunately, no matter how responsible and capable you are for driving your motorcycle, accidents do happen. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, that wasn’t your fault. please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case and answer any questions you might have. We are experienced motorcycle accident attorneys and want to help you in any way that we can.



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