One of the simple questions many novice and advanced riders ask is how they can ride faster. The answer can be just as simple.
However, the question can be a little vague.
Does the rider want to get to their destination quicker, do they want to reduce their lap time at a track, do they want a faster bike, do they want to negotiate a series of corners faster or do they simply want to break the speed limit?
If it’s the latter, the simple answer is wind the throttle further and pay the consequences.
However, you can still ride faster while staying legal and safe and that is the question we want to answer.
Getting there quicker
If you really just want to get to your destination faster, then the simple answer lies with a former Iron Butt rider who said “Stop less often and for shorter times”.
It seems like a silly answer, but it’s true.
Most time is lost on motorcycle trips waiting for lunch orders, frequent toilet stops and waiting on others in your group.
So the simple answer is to ride solo and do all your stops – fuel, food and toilet – in one hit and don’t hang around.
An extra 10-minute stop will take an hour of riding 12km/h above the highway speed limit to make up the time.