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You should avoid looking late into junctions as this can translate into a late decision to stop. If you use the front brake to stop as a result you will overload the front suspension which will affect your balance. You are also unlikely to be in the best position to negotiate the junction correctly. This can result in you steering wide and even veering on to the wrong side of the road, which can be very dangerous. Another risk associated with looking late and making a late and quick decision, is that it can result in you dropping the motorcycle.
By looking early you can make a much earlier decision, allowing you to look in the direction of travel after the decision has been made. If it is safe you may proceed but if your decision was to stop, you have time to work on a number of essential things. When stopping, you need to look forward and locate the correct place to stop. This will also allow you to go down into first gear in preparation to pull away safely and finally you will stop in the safety of your own lane, behind the white line.
Motorcycle Riders Hub is an online eLearning training and guidance platform for all riders. It helps riders at different stages in their training to understand how to improve, operate and control their motorcycle.
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