The thorny subject of overtaking safely on the exit of a right-hand bend
“What’s the best position to follow a vehicle through a right-hander I’m intending to overtake?” It varies according to the circumstances. You might think this will always be a position close to the left because that’s where you’d position if you were just dealing with the corner. This maybe a good safe position and for a relative newcomer to motorcycling not a bad place to start from. However quite often there might be a better (swifter) alternative closer to the crown of the road, but this alternative is largely related to the relative corner speed of the vehicle you intend to overtake.
You’ll be the judge of that
The longer it takes to overtake the more potential there is of the circumstances changing, so correct following positions are paramount.
These positions are not fixed. They should be flexible and chosen relative to safety. As a general rule the average motorist tends to take a greater proportion of speed through slow corners than fast ones.
Even Aunty Doris in her Nissan Micra will do about 20mph through a 20 mph corner so the chances are the only option you have is to follow her into the nearside to negotiate the right-hander safely yourself. On the other side of the coin very few drivers will be travelling at 100mph through a 100 mph corner. Most drivers will probably be doing only half that. So a position towards the crown of the road, depending on safety will be much more viable. Use your judgement.
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