just to share, as I was ignorant of this thing for a long time myself. I noticed that there are many experienced riders here, but also beginners, so I want to share about counter-steering. I know many experienced riders, who are more skilful that me, but they have no idea how they actually turn the bike in the corners. So I asked them a simple question - how do you turn the bike when cornering? And almost 98% of them could not answer this question!
What is counter-steering? you turn the bike in a opposite manner than a car. In a car, when you want to turn left you turn the wheel to the left. If you do that on the bike, you crash. another strategy to turn the bike is to lean, but it is very ineffective. so the paradox of turning the bike on the corners is that you push the handlebars in the opposite direction to where you want to turn, which causes the bike to break its natural tendency to go straight (gyroscopic force). In other words, you are cheating the bike by giving it a sense that you want to turn to the other direction, and the bike resists and leans actually into the direction that you want to turn. Knowing the principle of counter-steerings will transform completely your ability to go fast through the corners. there are many youtube videos on the subject. counter-steering saved my life several times.
I am not sure if I expressed myself clearly. if you want to turn left, you push the left side of the handlebar away from you, and this causes the bike to lean left and take the corner effortlessly. however, that principle only applies to bike in motion, above 20km/h. on the parking lot, you turn the bike like a car. you want to turn left you pull (not push) the bar left.
as you love riding, you need to love you bike
Last edited by Kris; 03-21-2019 at 02:07 AM.