Countersteer is the term used to describe the initial input required to turn a motorcycle
. Though logic
would seem to dictate that one turns
in the direction one wants to go, physics
requires that the turn actually begin by pushing
in the opposite
direction in order to lean
the bike first. A motorcycle or any two-wheeled vehicle must lean
in order to turn.
Trained motorcyclists think of the concept as "push left--go left" or "push right--go right." The faster the bike is traveling, the more essential countersteering becomes.
A panicked turn of the handlebars in an unexpectedly deep curve, or to dodge an object in the rider's path, is probably responsible for more serious motorcyle accidents than any other mistake.
Countersteer is a counter-intuitive but essential concept for safe motorcycling.