magazine columnist Lawrence Grodsky recently wrote consectutive columns on the problems of lefts and rights. Of lefts, he noted that the problem some riders experience is what he calls "edge fear," which he characterizes not as a phobia, but "a rational policy based on the need for self-preservation." To set up optimally for a lefthander, one must venture close to the shoulder, and likewise to exit optimally. On the street, you must always maintain a margin for error, so trying to put your tires inches from the edge of the pavement is just stupid. But you should be able to ride confidently in the right-hand third of the lane.
To combat edge fear, we may turn in too early on lefts. But that can force an early apex, which may require a mid-turn steering correction to stay out of the weeds on the exit. The solution to the early apex problem is to turn in later. But the original problem--anxiety about the shoulder--remains.
When I started out, I was more nervous about lefts than rights, and I still get that uneasy feeling at times. What works for me is Keith Code's "two-step" process for visually mapping a path through a turn. As you approach the turn, spot your turn-in point, where you'll make your steering input. Before
you get there, look through the turn and select a target point. When you reach the turn-in point, which you spot out of the corner of your eye while looking at the target point, steer.
By planning your line, you reduce uncertainty about running off the edge. To make it work, it helps to use what Code calls "wide-screen vision", a visual techique help you get the big picture and avoid "tunnel vision". He describes it in his book, Twist of the Wrist II: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding
. I describe the two-step and other features of Code's method in this article
(full text is in the fourth post of the thread).