Whilst out biking, it is important when steering to ensure that your movements are smooth and controlled and not harsh as even gentle inputs can make the bike change direction.
You may have heard the term ‘counter steering’ or indeed been treated to complicated explanations into how this works.
A simpler way is to regard this is as ‘positive’ steering. Even without knowing you will apply positive steering to the bike for anything over 15mph. It is important to understand how these inputs affect the bike in case of an emergency swerve.
If you want to go right, a smooth gentle input to the right bar will lean the bike in that direction. The more you lean the greater the input will be though they should remain steady and controlled. Avoid harsh and heavy inputs which will affect stability and steering.
If you get a chance to see a police rider, notice how they seem completely relaxed and effortless in the way they take a roundabout or corner. Their inputs to the steering will be so gentle and smooth that it will appear as if they are gliding from one part of the road to the other. The ability to do this also is affected by their riding position. Gripping a bike’s handlebars tightly and sitting in a rigid manner will ensure that the bike will respond the same way. Keep your elbows slightly bent and to the side of your body as well as slightly below your wrists. Remember, keeping your head up and looking in the direction you want to travel will help with steering.
Keeping the bike in a responsive gear will also have an effect on the steering.