- A wider entry to a curve allows me to see farther down the road. (Is there an 18-wheeler entering from the other end? Is that hound dog in the middle of my lane?)
- Since I can see farther, I have more distance to slow or stop if necessary.
- If I observe oncoming traffic or a road hazard, I can continue on the outside of my lane instead of apexing the curve.
- At any given speed, the wider the turn’s radius the less I have to lean the bike to negotiate the curve.
- If I goof and enter a curve too fast, I have more time/distance to scrub off speed due to the reduced lean angle of the bike.
- If unfamiliar with the road, I am prepared for the surprise decreasing radius curve. (Heck, I was preparing to square off the turn anyway.)
- I prefer to finish blind right turn switchbacks on my side of the road.
- I prefer to finish blind left turn switchbacks on the roadway (not dodging trees in the woods).
- If I enter a curve taking a wide line and an object appears in my path, its relatively easy to decelerate and tighten the arc; if I’m taking an inside line and an object appears in my path, I have to stand the bike up and head for the ditch (left turn) or the center line (right turn) then turn into a wider arc before disaster occurs. (One move is easier than two moves.)
- Since I am done turning sooner than the rider that just follows the path of the road, I’m on the gas sooner. (Where did he go?)
- A late apex line isn’t the fastest line through a curve, but on a public road it’s almost always the fastest safe line through a curve.
- I like to lean way over, and its safe when I only do it AFTER I can view the exit of the curve. (No sand in the road, no oncoming traffic, Extreme lean when you want to, not when you have to.)
- I’m concentrating on executing the perfect line, not perfectly singing a line of the oldie on the radio.
- Late apexing curves is easier said than done. If you don’t do it all the time you probably won’t do it at all.
- Its so much fun when you do it right.
Comments encouraged, 20 reasons would make a good round number. Can anyone think of another reason to wait apex?
BMW MC Club of Indianapolis