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VANISHING POINTS

If you can’t see the apex, you won’t hit it. That’s the general theme to this month’s topic, exploring the consequences of vanishing points.

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Understanding why some corners can be completed effortlessly, engendering that warm, fuzzy feeling, while others seem riddled with small errors, has value. My original take on this from 40 years ago was – and still is – this: Success is based on how many reference points the rider used correctly and reference points can make or break any corner.

The simple definition of a reference point is easy enough: an object or area that doesn’t move and, more importantly, alerts the rider to some action necessary for controlling the bike. Examples include a designated turn-in point for a corner and a beginning brake marker. What is not so simple, however, is deciding how exactly to use the reference point you’ve identified. Is it the place to prepare for the action? To initiate the action? To have it completed? In terms of timing, there is a world of difference. A confused rider may have all three of those ideas in his mind at once with none of them clearly defined.

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