New riders watch this video - WARNING! CRASH VIDEO!
I think you're missing the point of the video. The crash was the least important part of it.The last thing this form needs is for people to post crash videos. If anyone wants to see crash videos they can go to YouTube. It has no place here. These videos have no value at all.
I’m all for posting training videos but posting a crash video has no training value. The same point can be made without showing someone being run down by a big rig.Rather a graphic demonstration, but it's one of the most important things new riders must understand and get used to.
I've ridden for 50+ years and have always used counter steering ever since I experienced it as a young kid riding bikes in paddocks and back lanes.
I've done it for so long that it's instinctive. By the way, I'm totally self taught and have never done a rider training course in my life.
When I started riding there was no such thing, and by the time there were rider training courses, I was totally at one with my bikes.
I don't actually try to "steer" the bike when riding at speed. If I need to go right, I gently push on the right grip and the bike leans and turns right.
I use my "push right to go right/push left to go left" method as it makes sense to me rather than "steer left to go right".
Similarly, if I want to go left, gently push on the left grip and the bike leans to the left and turns left.
As I said, it becomes instinctive, but if you're a new rider it must be conditioned into your mind and body and I think the only way to do that is to find a suitable area and experiment and get the feel of how you and the bike interact.
This ^Those dang FZ owners, always hotdogging their motorbikes...
I firmly believe that anyone who wants to throw a leg over should be watching crash videos relatively regularly. Not to a morbid degree, but enough to try and see mistakes that others have made and to try to learn from them. This rider actually got lucky because he reached for a handful of brake in the turn and missed... and if he would have successfully gotten it he would have gone straight under the tire instead of into the headlight.
Every time you throw a leg over you are making a conscious decision to forego the increased safety of a cage. How you mitigate that risk can be increased dramatically by watching how others have failed. Maybe a trigger warning would be appropriate but I think that trying to censor or ignore it would do a disservice to those that haven't fully/knowingly come to respect the inherent danger of the motorcycling lifestyle.
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I've been riding for 40 years and didn't know how that worked until a few years ago.I remember many years ago trying to convince people I worked with about counter steering. Telling them that to turn right it is necessary to push on the right bar, in other words turn the handlebar left, some of them were motor cyclists by the way.
Anyway, the outcome was that they thought I was nuts! Nobody believed me? And I mean nobody. This was around 1960! For people used to cars it really is a bit hard to grasp