Join Date: May 2012
Location: USA, Texas, Plano
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Yes. Doesn't matter what a rider thinks they're doing for steering, they're actually counter-steering.
When you realize how to make it work (even if you don't know how it works) riding becomes MUCH easier.
When you're upright, turning the bars causes any bike to "fall" to the opposite direction. Since you have to lean to turn, you initiate the turn via counter-steering, which leans the bike. When you've achieved the appropriate angle for the rate of turn, you naturally relax your push on the bar, which causes the bike to then steer into the turn as part of its natural automatic tendency to remain balanced.
In the end, it's really the rear tire that steers the bike or keeps it on track.. The geometry of the front end causes it to "follow" what the rear is doing, keeping the bike on balance. You *suggest* to the bike to take a different line thru the front end, and the back end responds to the command. This is why, if you have good throttle control, you could theoretically release the handlebars and maintain the turn.
Keith Code demonstrates this with the No BS bike, which has a second throttle off of the handlebar, and is the only way one could demonstrate the above statement.
Since you don't have such a setup, you could never accomplish the same, because removing your hands would slam the throttle shut- which causes the front end to dive, which loads the front tire, increasing the size of the contact patch on the inside, which increases drag, which translates into a counter-steering input from the ground up, which returns the bike to upright.
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Motoring on two wheels since 1983
"This old engine has a nickels-and-dimes sound to it. As if there were a lot of loose change flying around inside. Sounds awful, but it's just normal valve clatter. Once you get used to that sound and learn to expect it, you automatically hear any difference. If you don't hear any, that's good." -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance