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LEANING IN THE CORNERS
Ok, for some reason when you put a hunk of metal between two wheels and let it roll down the road, it wants to go in a straight line. (more or less). In order to turn the bike, we've learned that the bike must be leaned over to follow that curve in the road. Take one bike with a high center of gravity and one with a low center of gravity. Which one is easier to turn on twisty roads?
While you're pondering that thought. As a 'sophomore level rider' you
are beginning to realize that it takes a whole lot more than sitting
perched on your bike and pushing right to go right. You've started the
habit of putting the ball of your foot on the inside peg. As you push on
the bar and step down on the inside peg, your outside knee is up on
against the tank. Consciously yet, you tell your outside knee to press
against the tank to help lean the bike over. A little roll of the
throttle and drat. Well actually #$%&, is the word you use as you miss
your line by about 3 feet.<G> Well, its still way better than last year
and you're 'comin' out of turns pretty smoothly now.
Imagine the cartoon with the rider gripping the bar with his elbows out
like wings. Bring those elbows in! Line up your arm with your torso.
That in turn relaxes your inside shoulder and permits it to drop 'into'
the turn. You'll find you fight your body weight a lot less this way and
let your legs do the work of carrying your body through the turn. We
want to keep a light touch on the bars, right? Another benefit is that
YOUR center of gravity aligns with the bikes center of gravity. Imagine
a line smack down the center between your eyes and belly button and
bike. Keeping this imaginary line together in a turn makes your bar
inputs more effective. You aren't fighting the turn by being off center
or counter balancing your bikes weight through the turn. As you
progress, yes, you will begin to move that center line of your body
towards the inside of the turn. Basically, 'hanging' off in the turn,
but for now work on smoothing out bar inputs and relaxing your elbows
To turn the lower center of gravity bike more input on your part is necessary to initiate and hold a lean angle through a turn. Wherever the center is on your bike, learn to stay with it and flow rather than fight your way through the next turn.
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