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Angular Momentum and the Motorcycle Turn
A presentation from the 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
The torque from the handlebars that causes the front wheel of a motorcycle to lean and a subsequent torque of gravity that turns the wheel (and therefore the entire motorcycle) is known as counter-steering. This presentation will explain the physics of a typical motorcycle turn. My 4-ball gyro bicycle "wheel" demonstration will be used to explain precession in simple terms.
J. Ronald Galli
Introductory Courses II