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Leaning the bike ::: How to "counterbalance" & "lean in"

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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011

Basically, there are 3 ways to position yourself while turning, and/or leaning, your motorcycle (and you):::

1 - Stay In-Line : lean at the same angle (in the same line) as your bike
(fine for slow speed, with a large turning radius)

2 - counterbalance : keeping your body verticle (90* to ground) and push the bike down into the turn (by countersteering & a lil extra muscle). You must offset your seating by sitting with a buttcheek off the seat, on the outside of the turn, and straightening your inside arm

3 - leaning in : sitting with a buttcheek towards the inside of the turn, squeeze your outside knee against the tank to hold you on, bend your inside elbow and "kiss the mirror". This means to take your head and look over the outside of the mirror (on the inside part of the turn)

The point of all this is to be able to turn the motorcycle by leaning, without breaching 45*. Most motorcycle street tires can take a lean until 45*, and then traction will be lost.... now that is (i'm sure) with optimum conditions.
Just remember that you aren't turning the motorcycle... you are leaning the mass of both you and the bike to accomplish a turn. So the faster you are traveling, the more straight you want to keep the bike ::: so you lean in. The slower you are going, the more control you have ::: so you can counterbalance or stay in-line.

Practice and find what works best for yourself, and at what speed, in what conditions.
And don't underestimate the weight of your head. Once your head gets to the outside of the mirror, you WILL lean.
Also, don't lean-in keep your head over the gas tank. If you're going to lean-in, then kiss that mirror!

Trust your tires and start off at slower speeds on a slow curve with more turning radius.... then move to faster, tighter turns


Be safe

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