When you’re driving a car, you turn your steering wheel in the direction you intend to go. Seems easy enough! But then you start with Q Ride and jump on a motorbike and it works the opposite way. Confusing? It can be!
Better known as counter steering – this is the action of steering a motorbike in the opposite direction to where you want to go. Many lack the ability to swerve and counter steer and this can cause problems – or even accidents – on the road.
For most riders, cornering is the most enjoyable part of a ride, yet many riders are not consciously aware that they employ counter steering to make that possible. Most riders are least concerned about the physics associated with counter steering, and we can’t blame them since maths isn’t exactly a Q Ride prerequisite!
Simply put, you’re probably already using counter steering, you just didn’t realise it.
So, if the biker intends to turn left at the lights, they would push forward slightly with their left hand. The centrifugal forces allow the bike to be tipped over to the left as intended, and the front wheel is steered appropriately into the curve. Basically it boils down to: “Push left to go left” and “Push right to go right”.
If you’re still not convinced that you do indeed counter steer with every turn, then start by paying close attention to your handlebars and the way you steer your motorbike – it’ll surprise you!
If you haven’t ridden a motorbike before, this whole article probably made no sense. But don’t worry! We’ll explain it all during your Q Ride training and you’ll get a heap of practice before we let you loose on the roads.