In a sense, the rear wheel drives the direction of the motorcycle. The front only changes it - by force, if you will. The rear wheel's gyroscopic force will always want to push in a straight line. So imagine a straight line projecting forward from that rear wheel for a moment. If I push my my right handlebar forward, the front tire will stray to the left of that straight line, causing the motorcycle to "fall" to the right. How much force I use to hold the bars at any particular place will determine how long and at what angle I have now forced the bike to travel. If I release all force from the bars during this process, the gyroscopic force of the rear wheel will slave the front to correct itself back to that straight line that it's always trying to push. By the same physics, once I have forced the bike into a right-hand curve, I must push the left handlebar forward to straighten the bike (and possibly initiate a left turn).
Ever notice, even during racing, that if a rider and his/her input is ever removed from a moving bike, it automatically self-corrects to an upright straight-line ride? Anybody here remember the last scene of the old movie Electra Glide In Blue?
So, Countersteer is not only what you use to initiate a turn, you are doing it throughout the turn to hold whatever angle/line/course you are choosing to travel.
If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
Last edited by scab; 07-31-2019 at 10:31 PM.