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post #51 of 54 (permalink) Old 04-07-2016, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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"What I find myself doing now, to some success, is getting the bike into the lean angle going into the turn and then using my feet to correct or fine tune the turn; inside foot for more angle, outside foot for less. Its Like using the rudder pedals of an aircraft. I don't ever remember doing this back in my motorcycle days."

That was from my first post.

For those of you trying what I've described, at no point did I say NOT to use the steering input for cornering, I definitely do use the bars (and counter steering) to get into the initial cornering angle. The difference is that the bars are almost too responsive, a very small input responds with a very large amount of cornering change; it's difficult to make small adjustments. By using my feet in conjunction, the input is less sensitive and therefore I can make small corrections with a fair amount of foot input, like a trim control.

This might be too much for many to bother with, no worries, have at what you're comfortable with. I just like the art/science of motorcycle riding and having as many tools at my disposal. I may not always use them, but I like having them in the repertoire. Thought I'd share.

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You people are killing me! I love the discussion and the experimenting, It makes me want to get on the road & try for my self. Sadly I am still waiting for prats so I can feet steer. Lets be honest it really does not matter if it is real or imaginary if your out riding & having fun.

I wonder if my scooter thinks of me as much as I think of it?
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...If I consciously locked my upper body and arms into a fixed position so they could not move even a little, I could push on the floorboard as hard as I wanted with no results. If I let my arms flex even a little as I pushed the bike would turn. If I let my upper body move even a little as I pushed the bike would turn.
This is similar to what I have found. However adding some pressure with your feet can increase the turn OR use the opposite foot to limit it or straighten up once the turn is done. Which is basically what the majority of advice for motorcycle steering is - "primarily using the bars but adding foot/body weighting to increase the turn".

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A little something to think about:
The space station doesn't have any bars to turn but it follows a curved path.

It constantly falls down in a straight line due to gravity. At the same time it misses the earth because of its speed in a straight line.
Two straight lines resulting in a nice steady turn, no handlebars or steering, just a fall in one direction balanced by a speed and an angle
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