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Leaning...? Help a new rider out!

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Hey guys. Got my first bike, rode it for the first time yesterday, just a few blocks around residential streets. I actually got the hang of shifting....

But leaning/turning: I'm fuzzy on that.

The DMV handbook says that you "push right, lean right, go right". Meaning that you actually turn the handlebars to the left....:confused:

One guy I work with confirms this. But that's just TOO counter intuitive for me to understand.

Another guy I spoke to says, no, you actually push with your left, and the handlebars, to go right.

Can anyone shed some light on this, or point me someplace that can help me a bit?
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It's called "Counter Steering" for the exact reason you describe...because it's counter intuitive or counter to your desired direction.

One of the best things I learned about from my MSF class, which you should take and learn everything you can, is to look where you want to go. When you're panicked or in a situation that doesn't feel right, force yourself to lift up your eyes and look where you want to go.

Ever been driving down the road and see something you want to avoid? What do you usually do, you look right at it and say, "Man I've got to avoid that." and while you're approaching it you keep staring at it and what happens?? You usually run right over it!!! Why?? It's called target fixation.

People go where they are looking. Part of fighter pilot training is to teach them how to look where they want to go, not to look at what they want to avoid. Because once we become fixated on a target, we naturally either steer or fly right towards it. So, learn to look where you want your bike to go and you'll naturally go that way.

But you really should invest in a MSF course. It was fun and I really learned a lot. I've been riding bicycles my entire life and even raced road bikes for awhile. I'm extrememly comfortable on 2 wheels and I thought a mototcycle couldn't be that much different. Well it is and it isn't....but I'm too lazy to tell you all the ways it's different so go to an MSF course and learn for youself. :)
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