Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Northern Virginia
That sports bike rider violated the 2nd rule, always expect something to be right where you can't see it. Take EVERY curve at a slow enough speed where you have plenty of time to comfortably and calmly come to a complete stop within your line of sight; for the stalled car in the middle of your lane just sitting a smidge beyond your limit of view, a deer carcass sprawled across your lane, a traffic jam and the last car is just 'right there', etc.
the first rule, of course, is never outride the envelope of the conditions and your skill level.
the first 3 ways the handbook describes 'countersteering' doesn't always click the magic button for all riders, that's why there are many more ways to describe it. eventually one you read/hear or invent for yourself will be the right one and the neuromotor mnemonic will click for you.
I got my license 3 years ago, I was there where you are not doing curves so well. I had NO PROBLEM holding up traffic and taking curves at the speed the little yellow warning signs displayed, being in control and safe and not crashing were more important.
I like the term counter-pressure better than countersteering. A basic fact is the front wheel has to point to the right to turn right, it has to point to the left to turn left. the bike wants to to go straight, and any lean will cause it to want to make a sharp turn and then stand up to go straight. (search youtube for motorcycle without a rider)
You are countering that by restraining the front wheel to only a tiny bit of turn, applying pressure counter to what the front wheel wants to do, to limit the angle to a smaller one and make it a long graceful curve instead.
i.e. in a right turn the front wheel might want to turn 30°, you are "countering" that back to only 5°
2009 Honda Rebel 250; 2009 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit
"The bravest thing for me to do is admit when I am wrong" - unknown
HRF Answer #1 You should take the MSF Rider Course
HRF Answer #2 You need to clean your carburetor
HRF Answer #3 Sorry we assumed if you didn't say otherwise