This is a slight update to the original Countersteering 101 video. The original description was:
This is a video which is actually intended to stand on its own, unlike the other two I've posted. Covers the very basics of countersteering. This is suitable for anyone who doesn't understand what countersteering is, or how it works. Does not include technical explanations, physics, or math.
For those who are interested, the video was made by shooting on and capturing from a JVC GR-DF430 video camera into iMovie and Final Cut Express HD 3.5. Audio was recorded in Soundtrack 1.5, and video was fit to the voiceover track in FCE. The video is compressed with H.264 compression, and the final Quicktime is just over 24 MB.
Tight Turns and Counter Steering
An exercise event we held to help with tight turns and counter steering. At one point you will see "the shackle" maneuver where we switch positions simultaneously. Music is Eric Clapton's "Forever Man"
How to Turn a Motorcycle - Counterweight vs Countersteering
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Welcome to Part 2 of my How to Ride a Motorcycle series. In Part 1, The Basics, you learned how to start the motorcycle and get it moving for the first time. In this video, I'll teach you the basics of turning, both at slower speeds and at faster speeds.
When you learn to ride a motorcycle, you'll become aware that the bike behaves differently at different speeds. Below about 15mph, physically turning the steering column in the direction you want to go will make you go that way (turn it left to go left, right to go right).
However, above 15mph, you will do the opposite. To turn left, you will PRESS on the left handle bar (momentarily turning the wheel to the right), causing the bike to lean to the left and for the bike to go left. To turn right, you will PRESS on the right handle bar (momentarily turning the wheel to the left), causing the bike to lean to the right and for the bike to go right.
Be sure to watch the video for a great lesson on how to learn these techniques.
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How NOT to Take a Corner on a Motorcycle
Sometimes I just chat about something off the top of my head and people take offense. Don't agree? Just politely say so. If you make a good point...I'll probably change my mind. Might be different if I feel strongly about something, but in these last few vids I've just been randomly chatting.
This video demonstrates and explains higher-speed (15 MPH or so) countersteering. It is a companion to the slow-speed video, and was also produced to be part of my countersteering article: