You are riding on a curving, two-lane road. You are traveling just below the speed limit. You round a right-hand curve and feel your bike begin to drift outward, with your wheels almost touching the center line.
Suddenly, an oncoming car appears, straddling the center line. You feel like a deer caught in the headlights. What would you do?
Many riders freeze up in this situation. They incorrectly roll off the throttle and stare at the oncoming vehicle … and do little else. Also known as target fixation, it can easily lead to disaster: The bike tends to go where you look.
When the road surface is good, a motorcycle traveling at the speed limit should be able to negotiate any curve – as long as the rider stays steady on the gas, looks through the turn and counter steers to control path of travel.