Unlike cars, motorcycles come with rather complex dynamics when it comes to negotiating a turn. Cars are less subject to the (sometimes) dramatic balance changes and weight shifting motorcycle riders have to cope with, and that's why the untrained or less-experienced motorcyclist may be tempted to believe that cars perform better through turns.
In fact, the real situation on the road proves the exact opposite: bikes are faster in a turn, provided the rider knows what to do, and this goes for pretty much any kind of bike, from the enduro to the sport ones.
The higher the speed, the more the bike and biker must lean, to counterbalance the centrifugal force attempting to “throw” the vehicle towards the outside of the turn. New riders must not be afraid to lean, especially as they will soon realize that the motorcycle has a natural tendency for that, right as it has been properly set on the right track.
Different bikes lean differently, and that's a thing each rider should learn fast. Sport bikes allow sharper angles, while choppers are limited by the low-swung silencers. Some bikes are turning better with less tilt from the rider and more for the machine: it's the case of the supermoto-type ones, which can be easily controlled through a turn with the rider in an almost straight up position.
Thankfully, the Internet is literally full with countless videos depicting both good and bad examples, and they can provide a very visual understanding on the matter. Watching such videos and reading some additional explanations should grant new riders enough confidence to start leaning and eventually turn better.Out-in-out
One of the key elements for developing a good turning technique is trying to smooth out the radius of the turn. This means avoiding to make severe changes in the curve you're in, and trying to keep a steady radius until you're past its half.
As a rule-of-thumb, most turns should be approached on the outside, with the bike on the inner side halfway and then on the gradually wider track as the turn ends. In case you're riding in a series of turns (twisties), it's best to come out of the turn as close to the ideal position for entering the next one.
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