COUNTER-STEERING – the all important riding technique

To all motorcycle newbies, what I have to say here can save your life. It saved mine. It is about COUNTER-STEERING – the most important riding technique by far. In fact, it is indispensable. If you don’t know what counter-steering is, what happened in this video could, would, will, happen to you.

This rider is trying to use his weight to lean the bike in the curve, and just couldn’t lean it enough. So the bike went wide and crashed.

What he should have done was to press the LEFT handlebar FORWARD, which will cause the front wheel to steering MOMENTARILY to the RIGHT, thus leaning the bike lower to the LEFT, while adding power to keep it from falling over. Once the required lean angle is achieved, steer normally, i.e. constantly micro-adjusting the lean angel by means of COUNTER-STEERING. This is especially important in decreasing-radius curves.

COUNTER-STEERING can also save your life by allow you fast evasive action. Suppose you are heading down the highway at night and suddenly you see a deep pot-hole in your path, either you ride straight into it and crash, or use quick counter-steering to skirt it – same technique used in a round-about.

If you haven’t mastered COUNTER-STEERING, don’t get out of the parking lot.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)


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