Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: East West Virginia
Countersteering isn't the only way to steer a bike. It is one way, and perhaps the best way, but it is not the only way. Anybody who ever stands up on the pegs can attest that weight movement from side to side results in incredibly quick direction changes. In most cases you're not even in a position to "countersteer" because your hands are at the top of the bars and cannot "push" or "pull" the bars. But if you are dodging big rocks, simply shifting your weight from one peg to the other results in a far quicker avoidance maneuver.
Don't be misled into thinking countersteering is the only tool in your toolbox. Use everything at your disposal. Target fixation (look to your escape route), body positioning, footpeg weighting, countersteering. It all works together, and in the right circumstance you may need one or the other of those steering tools, or multiple ones in conjunction.
By all means, practice countersteering. But when you're out there in that parking lot, stand up on your pegs and also practice weight shifting from peg to peg. You will surprise yourself with how fast you can turn a bike, and how sharply too. Not that I recommend it, but you can ride mile after mile without even touching the handlebar (assuming you have a throttle lock) by simply shifting your weight on the bike or the pegs. Be familiar with all your tools, whether or not you use them.
Also, as earlier mentioned, rely on your inside arm to do the steering. People who run directly into trees or other objects could be target fixated, but in conjunction with that your arms will fight each other to turn, and the "death grip" result is you'll not be able to turn the bike. Relying on a single hand to do most of your steering helps eliminate that.
Last edited by tjosephtoo; 08-02-2019 at 09:00 AM.