Tips for Motorcyclists | Road Speed Cornering

37-moto4615Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle fatalities do not occur in a collision with another vehicle at an intersection.  A higher percentage involves motorcycles running off the roadway in a curve then striking a fixed object.  If you are uncomfortable during road speed turns, increase your skill through training and practice.  Classes on cornering are available in Texas and the practice is fun.

If you find yourself coasting through corners with the power off, you have entered the turn too fast for your comfort level.  Enter the next turn slower and add throttle as gently and early as possible through the turn.

Your vision is the key to your survival in cornering.  If you are approaching a blind curve due to a sight restriction of any kind, slow down!  You do not know what’s lurking just around the bend.

The proper use of your vision through a turn is a skill!  Turn your head before the corner starts and look far through the turn, keeping your head and eyes up.  This will help you relax on the controls and see any issues far in advance.


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TMSC Meeting Minutes | July 26, 2018

  • Opening Remarks
  • TxDOT Update
  • Motorcycle Outreach
  • 2018 Motorcycle Campaign Update
  • Moving Forward with Motorcycle Safety: Licensing vs. Training
  • DPS Motorcycle Program Updates and Discussion
  • Open Discussion & Adjourn

The meeting minutes are now available to download.

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely.

Find minutes from other meetings here.

TMSC Meeting July 26 | Agenda Announced

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Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, July 26, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in College Station, Texas, at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Gibb Gilchrist Building, room 102. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting.

Please RSVP to attend by emailing Christie no later than noon on Tuesday, July 24 and indicate if you will drive a State Vehicle, Personal Vehicle or Motorcycle so that we can have an accurate headcount and correct types of parking permits. This is very important because the permits have to ordered/picked up from TAMU Parking.

The agenda will be as follows:

10:00 – 10:10 AM | Opening Remarks & New Member Introduction | Chris Beiries TMSC Chair
10:10 – 10:20 AM | TxDOT Update | Jude Schexnyder TxDOT
10:20 – 10:35 AM | Motorcycle Outreach | Michael Manser TTI
10:35 – 10:55 AM | 2018 Motorcycle Campaign Update | Destiny Dreher, Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing
10:55 – 11:10 AM | Break
11:10 – 11:45 AM | Moving Forward with Motorcycle Safety: Licensing vs. Training | Michael Manser TTI
11:45 – 1:00 PM | Lunch and Networking
1:15 – 2:30 PM | DPS Motorcycle Program Updates & Discussion | John Young DPS
2:30 – 3:00 PM | Open Discussion and Adjourn