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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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There's limited amount of lean-angle before you roll off edge of tyre and lose traction.

Here's article I saved from somewhere.

In most regular riding, staying in-line with bike will be fine. When you're riding more spiritedly, it's best to hang off inside. This gives you larger safety margin in case you come around corner and have to tighten your line for obstacles. Such as deer or potholes or gravel. Difference between max-angle of tyre and your current bike-angle is your safety factor. By dropping body inwards to raise bike, you increase reserve safety angle.

Another thing that helps is when you hit unexpected loss of traction such as gravel or water, a bike that's more upright when cornering (with you low on inside) tends to drift laterally while maintaining same lean angle. If it was leaned over more with you in-line , front tyre would just let go and you've low-sided.
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Pretty much everyone has experience with riding bicycles. However, due to their light weight and quick response, most people don't realize how countre-steering works on bicycles. With bigger heavier motorcycles, that experience doesn't carry across because now all of sudden, you have to make those countre-steering pushes much harder and deliberate. It doesn't "naturally turn" like a bicycle with little effort.
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