Originally Posted by Andyvh1959
Shaddix, to your question: "If I recall, the reason I initially asked the question was because nothing about pressing was mentioned in the demo portion prior to executing the exercise. Is that correct or are they supposed to tell you to press on the left grip to turn during the explanation of the exercise?"
IF the RC had not described the action of "pressing to initiate lean" then that was his/her mistake. In this exercise (small oval) it is key that riders understand and use the "slow-look-lean-roll" sequence because it is the first time we really use it. It is key to at least make the students aware of it. If not, students WILL wander wide as they apply throttle through the turn. That exercise also includes a reversal of direction so the students ride the oval to the right, which again reinforces the action of now pressing to the right to initiate/control lean and path of travel.
With the greatest of genuine respect - I am a very novice rider after all - this reminded me of where my confusion started. Our Instructor also was saying about 'pressing' and me being maybe a bit too literal-minded could not, and honestly still can't, 'get it'. To me pressing the bars does nothing (I know it must - its just the words used that trip me up) because in my mind it means literally that, that I am trying to push the bike into the ground. After reading all the posts here (and I still kinda wish I had never started what has at ties become a rather confrontational topic) I think I would have been better off if I had been told that you 'swerve' the bike ever so slightly in the opposite direction of where you wish to turn. A bit back I have written about my near miss and how I honestly did not think of what I was doing but somehow just did it. Maybe I got really lucky - thats what worries me now.I've been practicing turning since on our church parking lot and at low speeds can definitely 'think it through' and follow the process, but at higher speeds it still does not 'feel' like I am turning the handlebars the other way to begin the turn. The terms 'push' and 'press' just don't translate in my mind so there is a cognitive gap that I just can't seem to be able to fill in that little space of time to where I feel I am 'consciously aware' of starting the turn. It still feels - and I know now it is absolutely not the case thanks to all the explanations - that I am using bodywieight 'lean' to 'throw' the bike 'into' a turn at any rate of speed above about 15-20mph. Is it something I should be concerned about or should I be OK just relying on a kind of 'I don't really know how it works but apparently I'm working it' ? (or maybe I just don't have the right kind of mental process to ever 'get it'?) In all honesty its becoming a bit of an obsession and making me a bit more nervous when I'm riding not being able to figure out exactly what I should be understanding at this point...