If anticipation and adapting your pace are crucial when it comes to safety on the handlebars of a motorized two-wheeler, there are other good practices to maximize serenity while having fun riding. Among these: the safe trajectory when cornering.
Announced in 2019 and taught since 2020 during A2 license training, the motorcycle safety trajectory is a driving technique aimed at better approaching a turn on an open road and reducing the risks associated with poor positioning and unsuitable behavior on the handlebars. of his motorbike or scooter. Here is what it consists of.
What is the safety trajectory?
The safety trajectory consists in adopting the best position on the roadway in order to see as far as possible, and to anticipate an event that may involve a vehicle arriving in the opposite direction of the traffic. In practice, this involves adapting your pace by slowing down as you approach a bend, positioning yourself on the outside of the bend when entering the bend, in order to have better visibility in the distance, then to position himself again correctly in the rightmost third of his lane. This allows you to arrive less quickly and give yourself more time and serenity to enter what is called the “discovery” zone of the turn (first part of the turn) before tilting the motorcycle, then to stand. put back correctly in its lane once you arrive in the “stress” zone (second part of the turn). Whether it is a left or right turn, it is important to take care not to go too far to the outside (beware of obstacles, posts, condition of the road, etc.) nor too much inward. (vehicles driving in the opposite direction, angle of a bus, etc.).
A gradual adaptation
As you will have understood, applying the safety trajectory correctly to the handlebars of your motorcycle or scooter means being able to adapt to the traffic conditions encountered in 4 stages: adapting your speed, positioning yourself on the road. outside the curve, look into the distance to anticipate, and gradually fall back to its initial position. The safety trajectory thus avoids being surprised by the arrival of another vehicle in front, but also of getting into difficulty when arriving at an unsuitable speed and / or too high when cornering. As a reminder, according to the Motards Barometer 2021 published by Natixis Assurances and Banque Populaire, 13% of bikers tend to accelerate in curves in order to have more sensations on the handlebars, while 64% have the good reflex to slow down in favor of safety. . Remember, the road is not a circuit: unlike the trajectories of speed pilots, aiming to reduce slowdowns and maximize performance against the clock thanks to the optimization of the curves, the safety trajectory aims to secure you on open road. Also according to this study, if 64% of two-wheeled drivers slow down when approaching a dangerous bend, 13% of them accelerate all the same for more sensations and driving pleasure. Be careful!
- Survey conducted by Harris Interactive online from May 13 to 27, 2021. Sample of 1,007 people representative of users of motorized two-wheelers (motorcycle or scooter) at least once a month. Quota method and adjustment applied to the following variables: sex, age, socio-professional category, region of the interviewee and frequency of use of a motorized two-wheeler. Survey commissioned by Natixis Assurances for Banque Populaire.
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