The article called “The Pace” already has its own thread here and in addition was posted on another thread previously. But I wanted to highlight a particular bit of it which is particularly useful for the multiple blind corners on mountain roads here:
[quote=“http://www.ridehsta.com/html/safety.htm”]… Exact bike control has you using every inch of your lane if the circumstances permit it. In corners with a clear line of sight and no oncoming traffic, enter at the far outside of the corner, turn the bike relatively late in the corner to get a late apex at the far inside of your lane and accelerate out, just brushing the far outside of your lane as your bike stands up. Steer your bike forcefully but smoothly to minimize the transition time. Don’t hammer it down because the chassis will bobble slightly as it settles, possibly carrying you off line. Since you haven’t charged in on the brakes, you can get the throttle on early, before the apex, which balances and settles your bike for the drive out.
… More often than not, circumstances do not permit the full use of your lane from yellow line to white line and back again. Blind corners, oncoming traffic and gravel on the road are a few criteria that dictate a more conservative approach, so leave yourself a three or four foot margin for error, especially at the left side of the lane where errant oncoming traffic could prove fatal. Simply narrow your entrance on a blind right-harder and move your apex into your lane three feet on blind left turns in order to stay free of unseen oncoming traffic hogging the centerline. Because you’re running at The Pace and not flat out, your controlled entrances offer additional time to deal with unexpected gravel or other debris in your lane; the outside wheel track is usually the cleanest through a dirty corner since a car weights its outside tires most, scrubbing more dirt off the pavement in the process, so aim for that line. [/quote]It seems that quite a few motorbike riders aim for a “racing line”, but as the passage above explains, this is not the safest nor necessarily the fastest line to take on public roads.
For corroboration of this approach, see the guidelines posted by the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Centre:[quote=“http://www.dps.state.mn.us/mmsc/latest/MMSCHomeSecondary.asp?cid=5&mid=190”]Ideal lines through different turns
Constant-radius turn: set up to the outside of the turn, apex (point along the path closest to the inside of the curve) in the middle of the turn—move to the inside, and exit on the outside of the turn.
Increasing-radius turn: set up to the outside of the turn, apex early in the turn, and exit on the outside of the turn.
Decreasing-radius turns: set up to the outside of the turn, apex late in the turn, and exit on the outside of the turn.
Multiple turns: set up to the outside of the turn, apex late for both turns, and exit on the outside of the turn.
Blind turns: set up to the outside of the turn, remain on the outside until the exit is visible (plan a late apex), and exit on the outside of the turn.[/quote]