Backing in your motorcycle

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If you are into motorcycle racing, you have definitely seen racers backing it in. Where they go into a corner with the rear end sticking out and then straighten it out into the apex of the corner. So how do you back it in? How does it work? And why is it used? You don’t want to get into an accident and need to get a brand new one via a motorcycle trader. Lets figure this one out.

 

Three steps for backing it in

The way that it works is actually quite simple. Going into a corner on a race track, you are going to do three major things:

 

  1. Brake hard, using the front brake, this transfers load to the front wheel, which makes the rear wheel light, in some situations the rear wheel will even lift into the air
  2. Shift down to an appropriate gear for the corner and exit, which will naturally slow the rear wheel down
  3. Counter steer into the corner, which will cause the bike to lean over, and will also make you naturally apply a twisting force with your lower body to the motorcycle

 

So if you brake hard enough, shift down enough gears … Read More