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Location: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
Re: Interesting Countersteering Video
Gyroscopic precession is a real force, but in the face of the other forces involved it is small and doesn't have a measureable effect on motorcycle handling.
Think of it this way - the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are real forces that effect the world around us. They pull on our bodies, but we don't lean over in their presence as the effect of those forces pale in comparison to the earth's gravity, the wind, and even inebriation. OK, I suppose I might be affected by the moon's gravity when sufficiently inebriated. Perhaps it is what causes me to fall over. But I digress...
There has been quite a bit of work done on how two-wheeled vehicles stay upright and how they turn, much of it on bicycles. One fellow went so far as to mount a counter-rotating front wheel on a bicycle to negate the effects of "gyroscopic forces" and pretty well showed that the gyroscopic forces weren't what held the bike up.
The topic is a most excellent way to start an argument with cycling physicists. Or people who cycle and frequent Holiday Inns...
I have an interesting book, written some time ago, called "Bicycle Science". It delves into matter quite deeply and, I always thought, somewhat inconclusively. Interesting none the less.
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