Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Manchester, England
Counter-steering can be viewed as a rapid weight transfer; the wheels move out from directly under the C of g, although it is the wheels that are doing the moving it amounts to the same thing (because their relative position is what matters).
Counter steering is quicker/more effective because the tyres have something to act against ( the road ), shifting your weight will cause an equal/opposite reaction in the bike (because you are levering against it) and things stay almost in balance.
The experiment with the additional fixed handlebars isn't scientific because it isolates several variables, not just the one it is investigating - particularly the way we use the bars to prevent the bikes geometry from automatically righting the bike.
Ok, it prevents you from counter steering , but it also prevents you holding the bars still.
What tends to happen when riding a bicycle/motorcycle at speed is that the bike will frequently unbalance to one side or the other. When going straight we allow the geometry to correct this or we add some input if needed and we keep the contact patch under the c of g.
When we want to turn, a novice will allow one of these variations to be uncorrected and develop into a lean.
(Technically known as a capsize)
When we get more experienced we don't feel these random opportunities come around soon enough so we take positive action and steer the wheels out from under us - or counter steer.
Last edited by Bluebottle; 03-28-2016 at 07:40 PM.