July 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm #1791BoOZe P-ti MotardParticipant
This is my opinion and experience about countersteering. Read and comment about it please. Thank You.
Every person you will ask about countersteering will give you a whole lot of explanations. I will try to be simple and clear. You by yourself cannot countersteer a bike conciously unless going in a straight line but this is another issue I’ll talk about below. While in a turn, it is automatic for the countersteering to come into play. I tried several times to watch for that but this is something natural, like an instinct because if you turn and that the front wheel was not countersteering, the bike would topple over i think. Watch closely some photos of bikers into a lean effect (that is what I call it) and notice the front wheel/tyre. And well, in a turn in my opinion, as you know, there are thee phase in a turn: the approach, the turn and the way out. It is only in the turn that the bike is in countersteer mode. You approach, lean and during your maximum lean, the bike countersteers and when coming to normal position, the wheel takes its original place. Imean you can lean a bit and do a turn but the more you lean, the more the countersteer effect comes into play. Try to get me on this. From my experience while tackling a turn, it is not you that countersteers the bike, but it is the bike itself that countersteers. As I said, a natural action action since while leaning, just fell the position of your hands and the bars. But just don’t concentrate, feel the emotions of being into a lean effect. And anything you do, do it coolly.
About countersteering an obstacle while riding in a straight line, this also most of the times is something natural. Imean you can avoid something either by pushing the bars either left or right, depending on the escape route but countersteering is a shortcut to quickly turn your bike into desired direction. Let’s say you have to quickly turn right to avoid dog shit. Normally going at a rather consequent speed, you would require certain force to actually bring the bike to a subsequent right turn. Contersteering is when you just quickly push the right bar to the left to have the huge effect of right turn. When doing so, the bike will have the tendency to go much opposite the direction you countersteered. Maybe I am not explaining well but this also is something natural and act as instinct because in situations you will not have time to think but it will be a quick natural action that you will not be aware of.
For someone to really get this into mind, the are a lot about physics, I think so but better ride coolly and not concentrate on whether or not you are contersteering. My first days of riding I was actually unaware that I was countersteering my bike in turns until I read about it and said NO how can the wheel be in a lefty position when I am turning right. Then I started to think and do some research and use some sense and logic. Lol. Well I may have committed some errors while explaining but correct me if so because we have to learn a lot and share. I mean with others and in general.
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