Road Line Selection
Line selection mastery is an riding technique that involves choosing the most efficient and effective line through a corner. By understanding line selection and optimizing your line choice based on the corner’s characteristics, you can navigate turns with maximum speed, stability, and control. This technique is essential for all riders seeking to optimize their cornering performance.
1. Understanding Line Selection:
Line selection refer to the most optimal path a motorcycle takes through a corner to minimize time and maximize control. Different lines are chosen based on the type of corner, its radius, camber, and surface conditions.
2. Application Steps:
- Entry Point: Identify the best entry point where you can approach the corner at a speed that allows you to brake smoothly and set up for the turn.
- Apex: The apex is the point at which you get closest to the inside of the corner. Different apex points affect your line and exit speed.
- Exit: The exit point is where you begin to open the throttle and accelerate out of the corner.
3. Common Riding Lines:
- Early Apex: A line that approaches the apex sooner, allowing for a wider exit and smoother cornering path. Suitable for tighter corners.
- Late or Delayed Apex: A line that delays the apex point, allowing for a tighter exit and effective positioning for corner exit acceleration. Ideal for longer corners.
- Traditional Line: A balanced compromise between early and late apex lines, chosen based on corner complexity.
4. Benefits of Line Selection Mastery:
- Optimal Speed: Mastery of line selection enables you to carry the highest possible speed through a corner while maintaining control.
- Enhanced Control: Proper line selection minimizes sudden adjustments, promoting stability and consistent cornering behavior.
- Efficient Exits: The right line sets you up for a more effective exit, allowing for quicker acceleration onto the next straight.
5. Advanced Tips:
- Visual Scanning: Look ahead to identify entry, apex, and exit points. Train your eyes to anticipate the path.
- Line Adaptation: Line selection isn’t rigid; adjust based on road conditions, traffic, and your motorcycle’s capabilities.
- Experimentation: Practice different lines in controlled environments to gauge their effects on speed and control.
6. Practice and Caution:
Practicing line selection in controlled environments will help you build confidence and precision. Gradually incorporate advanced lines into your riding experience as you gain confidence.
7. Risk Management:
Be cautious when pushing the limits of line selection on unfamiliar roads or under challenging conditions.
Line selection should always prioritize safety over aggressive speed.