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Old 05-31-2013, 03:03 PM   #140
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Originally Posted by ttpete View Post
There are no lateral gs to the rider with a motorcycle because it banks itself by leaning into a turn. All forces to the rider are straight down to the contact patch. The tires see lateral force, though, unless you're at the neutral speed for a particular banking. Then, it's just like riding on the level with the exception that everything weighs more.
Moving objects, motorcycle riders included, cannot diverge from a linear path without lateral g's. It takes force and acceleration to move in anything other than a straight line.

My point was that throwing out a lofty lateral g figure without mentioning that it's in a highly banked curve is misleading, sort of like quoting an awesome 0-60 mph figure, but not mentioning that it only applies on steep downgrades.
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