They see me rollin'
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: 2005 Cannondale T2000
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Countersteering and line-of-sight.
Originally Posted by tg1896
I was turning left into my subdivision and had oncoming traffic... As I started into the turn I realized that the oncoming traffic was moving a lot faster than I thought, which made me take the turn without braking. I went wide, got into a serious disagreement with the curb
Were your handlebars turned to the right
so you could make a sharp left
? Was your head turned with you looking at the steet you were turning into
? Take a tip from a motorcyclist, if you can't brake, countersteer as tight as you can without losing your tire and lowsiding and turn your head and look in the dirction you want to go.
The same thing happened to me (minus the crash
) coming home from work. I work in the foothills here in LA at 1850'. I descend to 1580' in 1/2 mile and can get to 35-40 mph if there's no traffic halfway down. I need to make a left turn at the bottom and descend down the next street. Well the light was green at the bottom, there was no cross-traffic so I wasn't braking hard, and I entered the intersection over 30 mph. I instinctively turned to my motorcycle skills to get me out of this one. I simultaneously turned my head as far left as I needed to look at the street I was making a left turn into and countersteered tightly without lowsiding so I could make a sharper turn. I did it and ended up in the middle of the lane so I had room to spare.
I suggest you practice countersteering and line-of-sight when you out riding.