How To Avoid Target Fixation On Your Motorcycle

Tip #103 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual

“Look where you want to go.” Even a beginning rider course should teach you that, and it’s sound advice no matter how much experience you gain. The bike is going to go where you’re looking. If there’s a pothole or debris in front of you, or a car pulls out, or an animal runs into your path, don’t look directly at it—look for a way out, where you want to go.

Two corollaries: Look through the turn, not just at the apex. And second, don’t look in front of you; look ahead of you. Flat-track riders call that shortness of vision “riding the front wheel.” You’ll never be safe if you’re not looking far enough ahead.