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'Counter-steering' or 'Push Steering'

When initiating a turn, you must apply forward pressure to the handlebar on the side that is in the direction of the turn: to turn right, push the right-hand handlebar; to turn left, push the left-hand handlebar. This small manoeuvre will cause the motorcycle, and you, to lean in the direction you wish to turn. 

Once your motorcycle is at the desired lean angle, ease up on the handlebars and the motorcycle will remain at that angle providing that the tire profiles aren’t working against the bike and trying to stand it up. If you now let up on the throttle, the motorcycle will begin to turn in; conversely, adding throttle will make the bike run in a wider curve. To straighten the bike back up and complete the turn, you need to push the opposite handlebar and add throttle. If you are in a left turn, push on your right-hand handlebar and the bike will straighten up; if you are in a right turn, push on your left-hand handlebar. Do not jab the handlebars sharply. In order to make the turn smoothly, you need to push smoothly and steadily on the handlebars, adding throttle as you do so. 

This manoeuvre is called ‘counter-steering’ or ‘push steering’. You must do it in order to turn any two-wheeled vehicle, including a bicycle. Since your body knows how to do it instinctively in order to retain balance, you may not even be aware that you are doing it. 

Another way to remember how to counter-steer: if you want to turn right, start by pushing the right-hand handlebar; if you want to turn left, start by pushing on the left-hand handlebar.