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Old 08-31-2009, 05:56 AM   #1
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Which Direction Do You Feel More Comfortable Turning?

Nicky Hayden admits to being more comfortable turning left than right. Over the weekend at the Red Bull MotoGP race, Hayden said, "I'm a left hand corner guy, I just feel more comfortable on a left-hand course, a track with a left-hand turn one. Maybe it's just what I'm used to, where the brakes are and how to turn the bike."

Hayden grew up racing dirt track and, of course, roadracing in the USA, where the majority of the tracks, as designed, have more left-handed corners than right-handed corners. What about you? What's your dominant turning direction?
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:00 AM   #2
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I'm more comfortable turning to the left. I have no idea why, but when I was talking to someone a long time ago they said something about - that's because the pipe is on the right side, so most people are somehow subconsciously more cautious about it?

Could be total b.s.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:39 AM   #3
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Left turns... with the throttle on the right, it is a bit more challenging, turning right. Having said that, I am becoming more comfortable going "both ways" but I am sure left will always be my strongest.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:10 AM   #4
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im a lot better on right turns for some reason im right handed.. which is favored at most tracks at TWS (Texas World Speedway) I really want to work on all the right handed sweepers to get more comfortable
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:35 AM   #6
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I think it was you or TomLSTD that posted the link to Keith Code's article on the matter, pretty interesting read.
I have noticed that while I don't have a chicken strip on my left side, I do a half an inch one on my right side. I feel more comfortable turning left, not sure why.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:35 AM   #7
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left. i think its cause the throttle is on the right.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:36 AM   #8
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left for sure...

Most studies of dominant orientation suggest that balance will favor toward the non-dominant leg. Meaning that if you are right handed (left brained) you will use your left leg for balance. For example, if you play basketball when you try to do a left handed lay-up you will always want to jump off your left foot. If you have never tried to do a "true" left handed lay-up you will have no idea what I am talking about but give it a shot (no pun intended) and you will find it very awkward. You have to train your brain and your body to jump with your right leg... for me this was like 5th grade so I am comfortable both directions.

I naturally feel more comfortable with my body weight on my left leg no matter what sport I am playing. Soccer is another good example, if you kick a soccer ball with your right foot (if your right handed aka left brain dominant) you will support yourself with your left leg, subsequently you are balancing with that leg.

What will throw you for a loop is that left handed folks don't always follow the opposite balance orientation, meaning they can't do left hand lay-ups any better than the rest of us.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:45 AM   #9
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I'm more comfortable going right. All my lowsides have been left-handers. Gradually I'm getting over it.
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I feel more comfortable turning the right way.......I get all nervous when I turn the wrong way
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Left.

We've talked about this before and the general consensus was you'll always protect the hand that writes the checks.

"Right handed people take left turns"

For me, honestly, I feel pretty comfortable on both sides. I just say left because MSRH is pretty much the only track I've ridden, and the faster corners there are lefties. So I really have nothing to judge my right handed corner turning abilities. I feel like I can hang off farther on the left than the right.

I actually feel more comfortable with the bike leaned over on either side, then I do riding static. I think it's a euphoria thing.
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We just talked about this yesterday. Noticed I had no ckn strips on the right but some on the left after a track day. Thought it was maybe cause MSR is mostly right curves but I started noticing that I am WAY more stiff on lefters. Not sure if it's because I lowsided on the left
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I have OCD which keeps me from making right turns at all.
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I am telling you peeps, if you are right handed you will balance naturally on your left foot. When making a left turn you weight should be on the left peg and your legs should be holding you up (aka this is balance and control). By instinct you should turn better to the left than the right (if you are right handed). This has been proven several times, balance favors the opposite of brain orientation and dominance. Right handed people will balance more effectively with their left foot, left handed people will balance more effectively with their right foot.

Your brain is wired to function that way, if you know why I would be impressed.... Any takers?
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I am telling you peeps, if you are right handed you will balance naturally on your left foot. When making a left turn you weight should be on the left peg and your legs should be holding you up (aka this is balance and control). By instinct you should turn better to the left than the right (if you are right handed). This has been proven several times, balance favors the opposite of brain orientation and dominance. Right handed people will balance more effectively with their left foot, left handed people will balance more effectively with their right foot.

Your brain is wired to function that way, if you know why I would be impressed.... Any takers?
There's a lot of other factors involved though. If a motorcycle was perfectly symmetrical and no one had ever crashed one you'd be right. Problem is: throttle is on the right, brake is on the left, and shifter is on the left..........and people crash.
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Your brain is wired to function that way, if you know why I would be impressed.... Any takers?
A hint from Wikipedia, it starts with the Vestibular system....

"The vestibular system, which contributes to our balance and our sense of spatial orientation, is the sensory system that provides the dominant input about movement and equilibrioception. Together with the cochlea, a part of the auditory system, it constitutes the labyrinth of the inner ear, situated in the vestibulum in the inner ear (Figure 1). As our movements consist of rotations and translations, the vestibular system comprises two components: the semicircular canal system, which indicate rotational movements; and the otoliths, which indicate linear accelerations. The vestibular system sends signals primarily to the neural structures that control our eye movements, and to the muscles that keep us upright. The projections to the former provide the anatomical basis of the vestibulo-ocular reflex, which is required for clear vision; and the projections to the muscles that control our posture are necessary to keep us upright."
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There's a lot of other factors involved though. If a motorcycle was perfectly symmetrical and no one had ever crashed one you'd be right. Problem is: throttle is on the right, brake is on the left, and shifter is on the left..........and people crash.
Yeah but have you crashed due to the location of control input? I have crashed and it didn't have anything to do with the controls of the motorcycle, me making a mistake on speed, too much brake, too little brake, etc etc.... balance and favoring one direction over the other (to me) has very little to do with the controls of the motorcycle. And a motorcycle is symmetrical in respects to the bars, tyres, pegs, and seat. There are other components of the bike that are not but they shouldn't effect the directional orientation of the rider. Mostly in peoples heads

Did I mention that I was a complete and utter geek? Sorry, I get off on this stuff.... my wife hates this side of me.....
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left. i feel awkward leaning to the right, ive found myself thinking bout pushing on the handlebar to make my bike lean in deeper and at the same time im thinking bout my hand on the throttle and not wanting to chop it and pay dearly for it. i dont have to think bout lefts because each one of my hands is serving a purpose where as on my rights the right hand is doing all the work.
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Yeah but have you crashed due to the location of control input?
no, but people's body position effects their ability to operate the input controls. some people might like left handers better because they can operate the throttle whereas when they're on the right they their arm in such a way that they can't twist their wrist.

Alternatively some people like right-handers better because they can shift.

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I have crashed and it didn't have anything to do with the controls of the motorcycle, me making a mistake on speed, too much brake, too little brake, etc etc.... balance and favoring one direction over the other (to me) has very little to do with the controls of the motorcycle. And a motorcycle is symmetrical in respects to the bars, tyres, pegs, and seat. There are other components of the bike that are not but they shouldn't effect the directional orientation of the rider. Mostly in peoples heads

Did I mention that I was a complete and utter geek? Sorry, I get off on this stuff.... my wife hates this side of me.....
People might not crash because of the controls, but they do crash. A lot of times people are apprehensive about leaning the bike as far on that side of the bike again. I'm right handed, but all of my lowsides have been on the left. So even though you think I'm naturally more comfortable going left, I'm less comfortable because subconciously I associate going left with going DOWN.
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