Kawasaki's Rory Sullivan demonstrates how to master cornering on the trail. This demonstration includes step-by-step instruction on how to corner in a seated or standing position (depending on the type of corner and the obstacles surrounding the section). As he explains- "slower is faster", an essential piece of advice for conserving energy and staying smooth on the trail whether you are racing or out for a trail ride with your buddies.

How to Corner on a Dirt Bike


Rory Sullivan Discusses Dirt Bike Cornering Tips

As I approach a multiple corner, I try and keep a steady throttle and just roll through.

Today, we're in Hood River, Oregon. We're going to show you a couple different ways how to ride corners. Today, we have a 2-part corner - we have a right to immediate left.

How to Ride Corners on a Motorcycle

One way that I like to come into a corner, and I feel is the correct way: Come in at a stand-up, attack position. As I enter the corner, maybe a few feet before, I enter the seated position and get my body positioned - whether it's my right or left leg out next to the shroud. Especially in a foresty area, I like to use a steady throttle. I find this easier to control the motorcycle. It's a lot less erratic and allows me to keep from wheel spinning and squirreling off the trail.

Another way to go through these corners is in a standing position. It allows you to maneuver the bike in different ways, gives you a little more room and you're less connected to it. If there's a tree on the exit of the corner, you can sometimes give it a little body English, maybe push the bike down, and lean, over missing the tree. It also can be a little less tiring over the course of the day. If you're riding in the woods a lot, up- down-up-down, can wear you out.

Slower is Faster

A lot of riders, they feel they need to go fast. That's the ultimate goal; we want to be fast in the woods. They come into a corner, they ride in an area they haven't ridden before, and they're coming in hot, maybe a gear or two low, revving the bike out and they blow the corner. Ultimately, that loses time. Whether you're trail riding with a buddy or you're racing, they're going to be pulling away from you. Calm smooth, slower is faster.